Our team

Dr Jude Joughin

Jude Joughin is an experienced and highly-regarded HCPC registered psychologist. She qualified as a Child and Educational Psychologist in 2009 and has worked in both local authorities and directly for schools.

Jude has presented at national conferences on challenging behaviour, has provided expert opinion for a national paper on school transition, and has spoken on BBC national radio on mental health in young people. Jude is also an honorary lecturer on the Child and Educational Psychology doctorate at Manchester University.

Prior to setting up Footsteps Psychology, Jude worked as the lead psychologist in a Multi Academy Trust whereby she established and led a specialist team who provided a well renowned excellent service to schools.

Jude has developed specialist knowledge in the areas of social, emotional and behavioural needs; systemic work within schools; children with delayed development; and speech, language and communication needs within school. Jude has extensive casework experience in these areas for pupils of all ages and has advised schools at a strategic level.

Data collated from every aspect of Jude’s work demonstrates impact for both pupils and for schools at a systemic level, quality first teaching and individual level.

Dr Katie Caddick 

Dr Katie Caddick has worked as an Educational Psychologist for 13 years. She works with children and young people between the ages of 0 and 24, and with a range of parents/carers and professionals across the health, education and care sector.

Over the last five years Katie has been working as a Senior Specialist Psychologist in residential special schools, supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. She works as part of a clinical team, supporting some of the most vulnerable and challenging children in the country. Prior to this she worked for a Local Authority, supporting clusters of mainstream schools, special schools, nurseries and Children’s Centres. Katie was lead for Primary SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects Of Learning) in an Authority and has played significant roles in national and local mental health agendas.

Katie has enhanced skills in the areas of attachment, complex trauma, mental health, emotional wellbeing and understanding challenging behaviours. She also has enhanced skills in working at a strategic level within schools, supporting them to fulfil whole school initiatives and development plans. She is experienced in providing specialist psychological assessments and therapeutic support based upon the gathering, analysing and interpreting of complex data, and the application of psychological formulation and hypothesis testing.

Katie’s aim when working with professionals, parents, carers and children and young people is to apply psychological theory to practice by finding strategies, interventions and recommendations that are effective, targetted and practical for a given scenario and setting. Katie has a background in teaching and has qualified teacher status.

Most of Katie’s work is centred around the Midlands but she also carries out joint work with Psychologists from other parts of the country. Katie is the founder of Rise Psychology.

Rebecca Halliwell

Assistant/ Graduate Psychologist

Rebecca Halliwell

Rebecca is currently completing the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology. She works as an assistant/ graduate psychologist for Footsteps Psychology. Prior to this, she worked as an Assistant Psychologist supporting children and young people in a range of special schools and residential homes. She also has a background in teaching and holds qualified teacher status.

At the individual level, Rebecca is skilled in conducting psychological assessments and direct therapeutic work. She also has experience delivering training packages and working strategically to support the implementation of psychologically informed approaches at a whole school level. She is also trained in delivering trauma aftercare support following critical incidents.

Rebecca is solution focused in her approach and is passionate about working collaboratively with young people, their families and professionals to achieve a shared narrative about pupil needs, in order to promote positive outcomes.

Rebecca’s areas of specialist interest include developmental trauma, attachment and emotionally based school avoidance. She is currently conducting research into effective provision and personalised support for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Rebecca’s work is overseen and signed off by Dr Jude Joughin who also provides supervision to Rebecca.