I am a chartered research psychologist and freelance neurodiversity consultant with many years experience in neurodevelopmental disorders.
I provide support to research professionals at every stage of the research process and to healthcare experts in their clinical work, for individuals, universities as well as the public sector.
To all my clients I provide specialist advice and guidance on the treatment and management of a range of neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette Syndrome, dyslexia, and mental health.
My consultancy services are customized to match the specific requirements of each client from hourly or day rates to longer term or project-based arrangements. Please use the contact form for any enquiries.
Dr Seonaid Anderson, Chartered research psychologist and freelance neurodiversity consultant BSc (Hons), MPhil, CPsychol
Expertise & Services
-My services include offering information, expert consultation and training for other professionals and organisations in the area of neurodiversity.
-I have a wealth of experience in devising communication strategies and education initiatives for patients, professionals and the public. Thereby reducing the stigma around, and increasing the awareness of, neurodiverse conditions.
-My previous work includes producing written and video guidance information for clinical professionals to share with patients as well as organising psychoeducation events.
-I have created novel patient support initiatives such "At Ease with Your Tics: A Guided Relaxation" (2018). Also publishing an evaluation and impact research survey of the relaxation.
-I give information & expert consultation in the treatment and management of neurodevelopmental conditions, healthcare pathways and setting up new services.
-I generate creative and meaningful patient & public involvement (PPI) strategies for researchers and have been acknowledged for creating innovative communication and recruitment strategies for research.
-I create customized research dissemination communication and research impact strategies to maintain public interest while also informing lay people, stakeholders and funders.
-I have fostered relationships between researchers and clinicians and patient communities in the UK and through my international patient advocacy work and involvement in global research collaborations.
-Being familiar with the latest research in neurodiversity contributes to my ability to conduct high quality research into service users’ experiences by creating and managing online surveys, questionnaires and running focus groups.
-I create and manage supportive networking events for clinical professionals & researchers (training events, Special Interest Groups, peer supervision meetings, conferences). This allows professionals to meet and discuss the latest research and current topics relevant to neurodiverse conditions.
-My collaborations with researchers and facilitation and management of their research has encouraged the expansion of neurodiverse research in the UK and globally through my international collaborations with researchers, European organisations and patient associations.
-I provide rich and varied input and collaboration on various campaigns and website content. Using my professional skills and relationships in clinical research I will inform and direct the development of your organisations’ information and resources.
-My collaboration and input enabled the organisations I have worked for to become the leading authorities for patients and other associations their field of neurodiversity.
- My extensive academic publication record and media experience as well as my scientific background offers a unique blend of a research psychologist with years of neurodiversity experience to assist you in reaching your goals and objectives in your research and clinical work.
Publications & Media
Cultural Differences in Reactions to Tics and Tic Severity.
Chapter "Tourette Syndrome support organisations around the world’" in the textbook Tourette Syndrome by Davide Martino and James F. Leckman
European Guidelines "Patients’ view on participating in research"
ESSTS patient groups research leaflet
Universal Neurodiversity report - a usable handbook for employers and employees into neurodiversity in the creative workplace and how it can be improved
What are the barriers to mindfulness for Tourettes? The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Barriers to improving access to therapy treatment for tics in the UK The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Behavioural therapy for tics CBT Today, (publication of British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). Vol 46: 2
Contributing author: “Barriers to improving access to therapy treatment for tics in the UK”
Introduction - what we already know - treatment - areas of uncertainty - What's in the pipeline?
Kevin J. Black | M.D.
Professor, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Director, TAA Center of Excellence at Washington University in St. Louis
I have worked with Dr. Seonaid Anderson on and off for several years now in her role as Research Manager at Tourettes Action. I have been uniformly impressed. Her social media presence has been frequent but always useful and informative rather than intrusive. Her contributions to the TA web site similarly are very appropriate both for people with Tourette and for professionals, and she has really raised the prominence of TA among Tourette researchers here in the US. She added to the TA web site interviews with a number of Tourette specialists and researchers, answering practical, patient-oriented questions. Additionally, Seonaid’s work finding and supporting worthy grant applications has been very helpful. She was very helpful fostering our recent international collaborative proposal to NIH. In all our interactions she has been unfailingly professional and pleasant.Mega Studio
Andreas Hartmann, MD | ESSTS Chair, 2017-2020
I got to to know Dr Seonaid Anderson first through her work as Research Manager at Tourettes Action (TA) where she was in charge of the grant applications and reviews in which I then took a modest role. Then, after I became more involved in the dealings of the European Society for the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS), Seonaid was instrumental in helping with the organization of the patient advocacy group meetings, which play a historical and essential part in our annual conferences. Quite naturally, this led us to co-author (with Annet Heijerman, cheers to her!) a chapter for the 2nd edition of “Tourette Syndrome” (eds. Davide Martino & James Leckman) – the “bible” in our field – on the role of patient advocacy groups in TS. It was, as before, a wonderful, fluid, good-spirited and highly efficient collaboration of which I will retain fond memories. So, for everyone planning to work with Seonaid, I can only say: lucky you! She’s a great professional and a great human being, a not-so frequent combo, and I wish her all the very best for her new adventures in the world of neurodiversity. And I hope to be one of the lucky people continuing to work with her...🙂Mega Studio
Dr Maria Hadji-Michael | Senior Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
I could not recommend Seonaid highly enough! Her genuinely caring nature, generosity of time and her expertise in the area of neurodiversity is incredible. I have known Seonaid for a number of years and she has set up supportive networking events where professionals have the opportunity to meet other colleagues and discuss current topics relevant to neurodiversity and share clinical experiences. She is always extremely well organised and thoughtful when it comes to organising these get-togethers.
Furthermore, Seonaid recently coordinated a big training event for professionals from allover the world to learn new skills to support children and adults with neurodiversity, even thinking to invite a service user who spoke directly and poignantly of their experience of therapy. Seonaid is always familiar with the latest research in neurodiversity and conducts great quality research herself into service users’ experiences.
I was privileged to hear her present last year at an international conference and was impressed not only by her knowledge of the area but also the sensitivity in which her research was conducted. I would not hesitate to recommend Seonaid to other professionals and organisations who require expert consultation and training in the area of neurodiversity.
Liz Murray | British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered psychologist
I’ve known Seonaid since 2012 for the eight years she was employed as Research Manager for Tourettes-Action (TA UK). She has a sound research background, psychology doctorate and a comprehensive range of key social media skills which are much in demand in today’s world. I’ve always enjoyed working with Seonaid, just always felt comfortable. I’ve always marveled that here’s an international lass from the West of Scotland, working for Tourettes-Action in London, living in Belgium and plugged in to the rest of Europe and the World in terms of Tourettes syndrome (TS) work. TS includes a range of accompanying neurological conditions such as Autism and ADHD. Seonaid has helped make a huge difference for people living with tics and Tourettes. There’s so much more information about TS now which is easily accessible. Over 12 years ago in 2008, behavioural therapy for tics and Tourettes was virtually non-existent in the UK, the implementation of therapist training is one of the big steps forward with the NHS now starting to take this on board thanks to successful work with T-A. We were part of a team of health professionals who produced ‘At Ease with Your Tics: A Guided Relaxation’ released in early 2018. Seonaid has gone on to run research surveys on the recording with a research poster publication in May 2019. Seonaid arranges anything neuro-related to conferences, research, surveys, therapist training and chairing behavioural therapist peer supervision meetings. She has been involved in UK and European conferences. These are the parts of Seonaid’s work with which I am most familiar, I know she has been involved in so much more with other TS events and adults and young people. Wishing Seonaid every success in launching neuro-diverse.orgMega Studio
Dr Tara Murphy, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist | Great Ormond Street Hospital
Jolande van de Griendt, healthcare psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist
We have travelled the world with Seonaid for more than 10 years on many projects. She has developed, led, and evaluated workshops on behavioural therapy for tics since 2015. While Seonaid organised all necessities around the workshops and trainings, all we had to do was teach. As part of this, we set and sustained a tri-annual clinical supervision session in teaching hospitals in London. The trainings were always well attended and efficiently organised, down to excellent communications and successful marketing and liaison. Seonaid also facilitated and advised on research projects from Tourette action grants to write-up and dissemination of the findings. It has been a pleasure to co-write articles, posters and presentations with Seonaid at international conferences and local events. Seonaid is professional, passionate, and very well informed. She has an excellent appreciation of clinically-informed research and has the rare of skill of being able to communicate this to professional and lay audience. The aspect of working with Seonaid that is most remarkable is her capacity to engage and work with people from many backgrounds and with different levels of understanding. She is always polite, takes time to answer questions and solve problems, and gives you the feeling that you really matter. We look forward to many future working projects together.Mega Studio
Michele Dunlap, Chairwoman | German Tourette Association (TGD)
Since meeting Seonaid first in 2012 at ESSTS conference in Catania I have been privileged to work with her within the European Patients Advocacy Group, also known as ESSTS Patients Group. This group currently consists of nineteen countries, represented by sixty-two patient representatives. A subset gathers annually within the umbrella of ESSTS conference to discuss, brainstorm and decide on patients’ collective issues. Seonaid has tremendously supported the mainly non-academic group of patient representatives to better understand in-depth the scientific domain of Tourette Syndrome as well as address and advocate patients’ issues towards the ESSTS researchers’ community. More so she has helped to enhance communication and dialogue with clinicians and researchers attending the conference and beyond as well as the ESSTS board itself. Over the years, Seonaid has extensively contributed and helped shape this group with in valuable knowledge of the area, professionalism, compassion and on going motivation for the cause as well as being the caring, empathic, generous and sweet-hearted person she is. I wish her well on her new endeavours!Mega Studio
Charlotte Hall | Senior Research Fellow/Trial Manager, University of Nottingham
I had the pleasure of working with Dr Seonaid Anderson as part of my role as Trial Manager on a large NIHR HTA funded trial “ORBIT” which investigated the use of remotely delivered therapy to support children and young people with tics. The trial recruited to time-and-target which would not have been possible without Seonaid’s help. Seonaid actively contributed and advised on our recruitment strategy, disseminated adverts and collected contact details of interested families. Furthermore, Seonaid advised on how best to keep public interest in the trial once we were up-and-running. As a researcher I often find meaningful patient and public involvement (PPI) during the middle of a trial a difficult task. However, Seonaid advised on excellent strategies harnessing digital technology which have been exceptionally well received by our target group and acknowledged by our funders as an innovative approach to PPI. Alongside her expertise and wealth of experience, Seonaid is exceptionally generous with her time and support and very easy to communicate with. I would not hesitate to recommend her and we look forward to continuing to work with Seonaid in future studies.Elastic Themes
Helen Eadie | Information Manager, Tourettes Action
I work in a communications role for Tourettes Action – the UK leading charity supporting people living with Tourette Syndrome. I have found Seonaid’s input and collaboration on campaigns and website content invaluable. Her professional skills and relationships in clinical research have informed, enriched and directed the development of the charity’s information and resources, re-enforcing our position as the leading authority for patients and other associations in the field of Tourette Syndrome.Elastic Themes
Kerrie Hipgrave, Psychotherapist and Behavioural Therapist | Safe Talk Counselling
I first met Dr Seonaid Anderson in 2016 during CBITS training in Newcastle and subsequently for regular Tourettes Action clinician meetings in London. She was instrumental in the organisation and smooth running of these events. With ease and efficiency, she brought professionals together to discuss neurodiversity, in particular Tourettes Syndrome, to network, share research information and good practice and to identify and discuss potential professional challenges. Her professional collaborative approach and her depth of knowledge has always been a valued source of support. Colleagues warm to her welcoming smile and very quickly feel a sense of mutuality and connection within her professional approach. She is an enthusiastic and inspiring colleague who has enriched me both professionally and on a personal level and I wish her every success in her new role as a freelance neurodiversity consultant.Elastic Themes
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