I completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Leicester (I), before studying for a PG Cert in Psychological Therapies at the University of Nottingham, an MRes in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield.
I am an HCPC-registered clinical psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have worked with children and families in both inpatient and community settings since qualification, mainly with young people who have an Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions.
Through my clinical work, I have developed a particular interest in relational and developmental approaches, and have collaborated for several years with Prof. Rudi Dallos on using Attachment Narrative Therapy to support families where a child has an ID or autism (Hudson, Dallos, & McKenzie, 2017).
I have received foundational accreditation in Theraplay and trained with Prof. Paula Sterkenburg on assessing and treating severe attachment difficulties in children with ID (the ITAB model). I am a member of the NEED special interest group within the EAMHID and collaborate with European colleagues on developing a measure of emotional development in people with ID - the SED-S. This has recently resulted in a book on the Emotional Development approach in ID, which I co-authored with two German colleagues (Sappok, Zepperitz & Hudson, 2021). I have also acted acted as a reviewer for Advances in Autism, Human Systems, and the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.
In my clinical role, I lead a specialist Autism assessment clinic.
I convene the third year DClinPsy module on Systems and Organisations, and teach on the ICI, LSD, and ISO modules.
I supervise several DClinPsy projects, which have a theme of supporting parents of children with neurodevelopmental problems, particularly ASD. Current projects include examining the effect of… read more
TARASOVA, D., ZEPPERITZ, S., RONSSE, E., VONK, J., ZAAL, S., HUDSON, M. and SAPPOK, T., 2022. Social Individuation: Extending the scale of emotional development for adolescent reference ages Research in Developmental Disabilities. 128,
SAPPOK, TANJA, DOSEN, ANTON, ZEPPERITZ, SABINE, BARRETT, BRIAN, VONK, JOLANDA, SCHANZE, CHRISTIAN, ILIC, MARIE, BERGMANN, THOMAS, DE NEVE, LEEN, BIRKNER, JOANA, ZAAL, SANDRA, BERTELLI, MARCO O, HUDSON, MARK, MORISSE, FILIP and STERKENBURG, PAULA, 2020. Standardizing the assessment of emotional development in adults with intellectual and developmental disability. Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID.
I supervise several DClinPsy projects, which have a theme of supporting parents of children with neurodevelopmental problems, particularly ASD. Current projects include examining the effect of different formulations on attributions towards challenging behaviour, exploring the role of reflective functioning in relation to parenting stress, and developing compassion-focused self help materials.
I am also co-supervising a PhD student, who is conducting a number of studies exploring the links between attachment orientations and trauma symptoms in domestic violence survivors (Sema Altuntas).
I have completed research focused on the awareness of physical activity issues amongst clinical psychology trainees; outcome measurement in systemic family therapy practice; the introduction of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) into physical health settings, and the role of self-compassion in adjustment to long-term physical conditions. My doctoral thesis examined the effectiveness of a compassion-focused, guided self-help intervention for people with skin conditions, in a feasibility randomised controlled trial.
I am interested in supervising projects related to the assessment of attachment and emotional development in people with an intellectual disability/autism and their families.