Dr Elizabeth Shea – Clinical Psychologist
Dr Elizabeth Shea (BA, BSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS) is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children and young people who refuse and avoid foods throughout her career.
Previously a Primary School Teacher and a Counsellor with Childline UK, she started her Psychology career with the National Autistic Society where she developed a career-long interest in eating difficulties in autism. She is a recognised speaker on this subject across the UK and Ireland, including at the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conferences. She has written articles for the National Autistic Society’s web-based Professionals Forum and made a series of films for the ‘Right Click’ Education Programme for Scottish Autism. She regularly speaks to groups of parents across national autism networks about how to manage their child’s eating.
Her Doctoral research, conducted at the Feeding Clinic at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the University of Birmingham, focused on avoidant and restrictive eating and included testing a programme of intervention. This approach was subsequently featured on the ITV documentary ‘My Child Won’t Eat’ in 2008. Since then, she has continued to develop interventions to help individuals with this pattern of eating.
As a Child Psychologist she has worked across NHS settings, 3rd Sector organisations and as an independent practitioner. Areas of speciality include Paediatrics, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities. With colleagues in the clinical and academic field of childhood feeding disorders she has established Birmingham Food Refusal Services providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults who refuse foods.
You can contact Dr Shea via the Food Refusal Services website www.foodrefusal.co.uk.
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