Clinical & Research Staff

Alyson Richards (PhD, MA, MSc, PGCE, BA) - Clinical Director 

Chartered Psychologist, HPCP Registered Educational Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist 
Dr Richards is the Director of the Dyscovery Centre, having worked in the field of Developmental Disorders/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) and Mental Health, with children, young people and adults, for the past thirty years, both in the UK and USA, as a Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has a particular interest in the factors that foster educational attainment for those with multifaceted additional learning needs related to a complex mix of developmental disorders and emotional difficulties. 

Ann-Marie Lloyd - Clinic Manager 

After completing a BSc in Psychology from the University of South Wales, Swansea, Ann-Marie went on to complete a MA in counselling (CBT pathway) at the University of South Wales, Newport. Following this, she set up the school based counselling service in Merthyr Tydfil where she spent 8 years as the lead for this service alongside counselling children and young people aged 8-19. Ann-Marie then managed the All Wales counselling service for Tenovus Cancer Care before moving to the University of South Wales in January 2018. Her current role is Clinic Manager where she has responsibility for both Psychology Clinics – The Dyscovery Centre and the ABA Clinic

Kate Speakman (HCPC reg., PGDip OT, PGDip SEN/ALN, BSc Psychology) – Senior Clinician/Occupational Therapist  

Kate completed a psychology degree from Cardiff University before going on to complete her postgraduate training in occupational therapy from Cardiff University also. Kate has worked in a local community pediatric team since 2010 where she has developed a special interest in working with children with developmental disorders. She continues to work for a local health board part time. Kate joined the Dyscovery Centre team in May 2016 as a senior occupational therapist where she has been able to continue working within this specialist field of practice with both children and adults. Kate is a certified practitioner of Sensory Integration and has also recently completed a postgraduate diploma in SEN/ALN from the University of South Wales. 

Natalie Owens – Clinic Assistant 

Natalie completed a psychology degree in Swansea University.  Natalie has worked for Dyscovery Centre for 10 years. Natalie previously held a research assistant role and during this time undertook a number of research studies and co-authored research articles in the area of developmental disorders. Natalie now supports the clinicians in their assessments and undertakes the psychology undergraduate student placements.  

Alexis Edwards – Clinic Administrator 

Alexis gained a degree while studying at the University of Glamorgan. Alexis has experience of working with adults with developmental disorders and has also worked for the Disability and Dyslexia Service at the University of South Wales

Elizabeth Pugh – Research Assistant 

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