Charlie joined the Imagine Health team in 2019 as a Psychologist. Charlie pursued a career within this field with the view to help others, and that remains her pursuit. Charlie has worked both within children and adult services, with varied needs (i.e., intellectual disabilities, dual disabilities, mental illness), both in and outside of Ireland, and across diverse settings (i.e., clinical, school, home, residential, and community-based). Charlie graduated from UCD with a Hons BA in Psychology before completing both her Postgraduate Diploma and her Master’s in Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Trinity College Dublin. Charlie has also completed courses in family therapy, counselling, and professional development for inclusive education. Currently, Charlie is in the final stages of her PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.
Charlie initially worked within early intervention for ASD (i.e., language development, skill development, socialisation, and behavioural supports), before travelling to Australia to work at Woodbury Autism and Education centre, Australia’s leading school for autism. On returning to Ireland, Charlie was involved in developing and then managing an innovative day service for young adults with ID who engaged in high-risk challenging behaviour. This opportunity allowed Charlie to work directly and indirectly with the client, their families, staff, professional bodies, and local authorities, resulting in the rapid expansion and development of both respite care and residential care services. Charlie moved from a management position to a clinical role within this service while also consulting for other services handling a diverse range of cases including aggression, self-harm, inattention, excessive reassurance-seeking, anxiety, restrictive behaviours, compulsive disorders (i.e. Hoarding), defiance disorders, echolalia, language development, motivation, desensitisation, emotional awareness, self-perception, life skills, and tic behaviours. Charlie endeavours to help the most challenging and vulnerable, she believes in support and guidance and that everyone has the potential to overcome the challenges they face.