Director / Senior Educational and Child Psychologist
Davida is a Senior Educational and Child Psychologist, co-founder of The Children’s Clinic and author of a number of books published by Jessica Kingsley which aim to support children and teenagers on the autism spectrum to reach their potential and live happy and fulfilled lives.
She attained her undergraduate psychology degree from Trinity College Dublin and graduated from her Masters in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin with a first class honours. She also holds a further professional certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Waterford Institute of Technology.
In addition to assessments, Davida provides therapeutic interventions (focussing on humanistic, attachment, narrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy approaches) to children experiencing a range of difficulties, including anxiety and anger.
Davida has been working with children with additional needs for over twenty years, including placements in Crumlin Children’s Hospital and a range of special schools. Prior to setting up The Children's Clinic, she worked as a Senior Psychologist in HSE Disability Services in Carlow/Kilkenny and prior to this in HSE Beechpark Services, Dublin (providing specialist services to children with autism and their families).
Davida is also a lecturer and trainer, providing consultation in the area of disability (and in particular autism) to a number of different groups and agencies including Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the National Council of Special Education and the National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) in addition to presenting training workshops at Psychological Society of Ireland conferences. She has presented recently at the As I AM and Cork Autism conferences.
Davida has contributed to local and national media including KCLR's Sunday Brunch with John Masterson, Newstalk, the Irish Independent and the Organisation for Autism Research as well as professional publications in The Irish Psychologist. In 2014, she was commissioned by the Psychological Society of Ireland to write their annual 10 Tips, on this occasion to coincide with World Autism Day.
Davida is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a member of the PSI ASD Special Interest Group.
She is a passionate advocate for the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in Ireland and has a particular interest in supporting teens and young adults with additional needs to live full, happy lives, connected to their communities.
Davida’s fifth book, The Little Book of Autism FAQs: Talking to Your Child About Their Autism Diagnosis and Other Conversations (published by Jessica Kingsley) will be out in September 2019.
Beating Anxiety: What Young People on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know (2017) Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! (2015) Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! (2015) Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Professional’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing Issues, Supporting Sexuality and Responding to Inappropriate Behaviours (2013) Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Supporting Children with Autism Through Adolescence and Beyond (July, 2014) The Irish Psychologist.