Meet the Studio III team

Learn more about our talented Clinical Services and Training teams.

THE CLINICAL SERVICES TEAM

Professor Andrew McDonnell, CEO at Studio3
Prof. Andy McDonnell

Studio III Director

BSc., MSc., PhD. Consultant Clinical Psychologist to and Director of Studio III Clinical Services; Director, clinical consultant and Team Leader to Studio III Training; formerly Clinical Psychologist to Monyhull Hospital Birmingham. 

David Walker, Director at Studio 3
Dave Walker

Studio III Director

Counsellor and Psychotherapist with an M.Sc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Counselling, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Diploma in Community and Youth Work, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology and is a BILD Accredited MCB Trainer. 

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David Jones

Studio III Consultant

David Jones is a consultant Clinical psychologist, with over 20 years of practitioner experience. He has practical experience of a variety of populations including, children with emotional and behaviural disorders, older adults, autism. 

Dr. John McDermott, Counselling Psychologist
Dr John McDermott
Catriona Firmin, Clinical Psychologist
Catriona Firmin
Carl Benton
Carl Benton

Studio III Clinical Services

DPsych, MSc, LLB (Hons), DipLP, MBPsS. John is a Counselling Psychologist
and as such has particular interest in relational and systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and caregivers in autism, developmental disability and care settings.

Studio III Clinical Services

Trine is a Lead Behaviour Therapist with an MSc in Clinical & Abnormal Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Autism, Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods & Practice, BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology & Physiology, teaching, counselling and behaviour management qualifications. 
 

Studio III Clinical Manager

RNLD, RMN, RNT.  MSc Forensic Mental Health Care.  Carl has over 32 years of experience working in the NHS in clinical, senior management and commissioning roles. All this experience has been with people who have behaviours of concern or who have offended.

Tarendeep Johal, Assistant Psychologist
Tarendeep Johal

Studio III Assistant Psychologist

BSc Hons Psychology, MBPsS. Taz is an experienced Assistant Psychologist who has worked in the NHS, private and charitable sector. She has experience working with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties.

Andrea Rivero Castro, Assistant Psychologist
Andrea Rivero Castro

Studio III Clinical Services

Andrea is a Clinical Associate Psychologist working for Studio 3. She has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working with challenging young people with intellectual disabilities and Autism. As well as children and adults with diverse mental health difficulties.

Marion O'Shea

Studio III Assistant Psychologist

Marion has been working with Studio 3 Ireland since February 2019. She previously worked as a volunteer assistant psychologist with Enable Ireland Kerry Children’s Services. While there, she supported children and adolescents with autism and intellectual disabilities. Marion has a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Science. 

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Annie McAteer

Studio III Clinical Services

Annie is an assistant psychologist working for Studio 3. Annie has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.Previously, she has worked with a range of children presenting with various behaviours of concern, specifically in the fostering environment. She has worked in both the NHS and private sector.

THE TRAINING TEAM

Steve Allison, Studio 3 Trainer
Steve Allison

Studio III Training Systems

Steve has an education background. He is a national assessor for the In service trainers programmes for Studio 3. Steve has a number of specialist interests including: Challenging behaviour and autism.

Robert Whiskens, Studio 3 Trainer
Robert Whiskens

Studio III Training Systems

Robert Whiskens began working as a trainer for Studio3 mid 2004 and has a broad range of experiences across the autistic spectrum specialist part of the care industry. Pre Studio3 Robert was the regional coordinator for an Asperger syndrome specific outreach team based in the West Midlands. 

Tim Parker, Studio 3 Trainer
Tim Parker

Studio III Training Systems

Tim is a Studio 3 trainer with extensive experience of working directly with difficult behaviours. He has a specialist interest in the training of frontline teaching staff in behaviour management practices. He has responsibilities for the development of Studio 3 training in classrooms settings.

Kit Howe, Studio 3 Trainer
Kit Howe

Studio III Training Systems

Kit Howe is a qualified teacher. He has spent most of his adult career working with children on the autistic spectrum. Kit has been a frontline teacher eventually rising to be Deputy Principal at the Robert Ogden School which is a leading National Autistic Society school.

Paul Phillips, Studio 3 Trainer
Paul Phillips

Studio III Training Systems

BSocSc (Hons), BSc IT (Hons). Paul has recently joined the Studio 3 team in the role of Lead Trainer in Ireland. He delivers courses on Managing Behaviours of Concern, co-ordinates and delivers the Irish ‘Train the Trainer’ schemes, and he tutors on the Atlass programme in both the UK and Ireland.

Martin Galvin, Studio 3 Trainer
Martin Galvin

Studio III Principal Trainer, Ireland

Martin has been supporting people with autism for 28 years with Gheel Autism Services, Dublin, Ireland.   Over the years, he has held many roles such as front-line staff, Training and Development Officer, Behaviour Support Specialist and Clinical Coordinator. 

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Paul Burbage

Studio III Training Systems

Paul has recently joined the Studio 3 team in the role of Trainer/Practitioner, delivering courses on Managing Behaviours of Concern and other programs within Studio 3. With over 13 years of experience, his background is in working with adults and children with Autism, and Learning Disabilities services.

OUR CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES

Gareth D Morewood
Gareth Morewood

Studio III Educational Adviser

Gareth D Morewood is the Educational Advisor for Studio 3. Previously he has worked for 25 years in U.K. schools, the last 17 of which were as SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in a large, inclusive secondary school in the North West of England.

Nick Logan
Nick Logan

Studio III Consultant

Director and owner of Stillwaters Psychology, established to provide psychological assessments and intervention packages for young people and adults with conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

Andrea Page
Andrea Page

Studio III Consultant

Andrea is a module leader and lecturer on foundation nursing skills and issues relating to the care of people with a learning disability for level 4, 5 and 6 undergraduate students at Birmingham City University.

Bo Hejlskov Elven
Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Studio III Consultant

Bo is a clinical psychologist based in Scandinavia. His work with guidance and lecturing concerning managing challenging behavior. Bo’s field is care and special education, mainly concerning children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Asperger´s syndrome, ADHD or intellectual disabilities.

Roy Deveau
Roy Deveau

Studio III Research Consultant

Roy’s research and consultancy work are focussed upon two areas: leadership and management and restrictive practices (RP) within the ID sector. He has undertaken research into the use of restrictive practices and frontline practice leadership/management within services for people who challenge.

Peter Vermeulen
Peter Vermeulen

Studio III Consultant

MSc and PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences. Worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond. Peter wrote more than 15 books and several articles on autism.

Jamie Emberson
Jamie Emberson

Studio III Mindfulness and Emotional Inteligence Consultant

Jamie trained as a Registered Nurse, Assessor and Teacher in clinical practice. Jamie post graduated as a
Registered Nurse Behaviour Therapist. He has held various posts, including a Clinical Nurse Specialist
post within the regional forensic health authorities and social services.

Mark Wetherell
Mark Wetherell

Studio III Stress Management Consultant

Mark Wetherell is an Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Health Psychology, Postgraduate Programme Leader for Health Psychology and a Practicing Health Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Mary Maher
Mary Maher

Studio III Assistant Psychologist and Behaviour Adviser

Mary has been an Assistant Psychologist and Behaviour advisor with Studio III Clinical Services since July 2017. She is a Studio III trainer and has delivered Studio III Low Arousal training to staff, teachers and parents with Gheel Autism Services in Ireland since 2013.

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Damian Milton

Studio III Consultant

Damian works part-time for the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and for the National Autistic Society (NAS) as Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant.

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Dermot Rafter

Studio III Consultant

MA in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Dermot is a Behaviour Support Specialist with over 30 years’ experience working on individual support and organisation development

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Maureen Bennie

Studio III Consultant

Maureen is the mother of two children with autism – Marc age 19 and Julia age 17. For 8 years, she managed an at-home Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program which evolved into the Autism Awareness Centre in Canada. 

OUR ADMIN AND SUPPORT TEAM

Denise McDonnell

Studio III Finance 

Dave Manwaring

Studio III I.T.

Torbjorn Andersson

Studio III Business Manager

Gemma Holdsworth

Studio III Admin

Rachel McDermott

Studio III Digital Content Editor

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