Alumni Talk about Careers in Psychology: 6th April

In association with the University of Kent Psychology Society

Hear from a panel of alumni from the School of Psychology who will be talking about their careers in the sector after graduation. We have alumni speakers working in clinical, forensic, and educational psychology as well as University of Kent TEDX speaker. You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on some of the exciting careers paths available with a Psychology degree. Students can ask questions of our alumni speakers in the chat throughout the event, and there will be an opportunity at the end to ask questions directly. Join us and learn where your Psychology degree could take you….

Date: Wednesday 6th April

Time: 5.30 – 6.30 PM

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Dr Teresa Wheeler – Educational, Child and Community Psychologist who currently runs her own practice

Teresa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kent before training as a primary school teacher and later as a practitioner psychologist. She works primarily within schools carrying out assessments, delivering training and intervention. Educational Psychologists carry out a wide range of work including learning assessments, therapeutic interventions, supervision and staff support. Teresa is a qualified VIG practitioner and Mindfulness teacher and uses these approaches within her work.

Teresa Wheeler | LinkedIn


Alexandria Olton – Sport & Exercise Psychologist and Director of Mindology, Trinidad

Alexandria is a sport and exercise psychologist (performance psychologist) and the Director of Mindology, Trinidad. She is also a full member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists and a columnist for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Alexandria was awarded an M.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Brunel University, London in 2016 and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Kent in 2015. Alexandria works with athletes, of all sports, competitive levels and ages, both locally and internationally, as well as with local private and public sector organisations.

Alexandria Olton | LinkedIn


Luis Crawford – Assistant Psychologist for CMHSOP at Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust

Luis is currently working towards a clinical psychology doctorate while employed in an NHS trust working in older adult services predominantly dealing with assessments, diagnosis and treatment for dementia. Luis’s interests include psychotherapy, sociology, philosophy, lifestyle interventions, social groups, trauma, addiction, yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and martial arts.

Luis Crawford | LinkedIn


Annie Hastings – Mental Health Adviser at Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind

Having obtained a First Class Psychology degree with Honours in 2018, Annie now works as a Mental Health Adviser with Mind; in partnership with the local NHS trust. Her aim is to further her work within the mental health sector focusing on substance misuse and working within forensic units.

Annie Hastings MBPsS | LinkedIn


Sophie Lakin – Criminal Justice Mental Health Practitioner

Sophie has spent most of her career in the prison service and has experience on a psychiatric low/medium secure ward. Sophie now works as a Band 6 Criminal Justice Mental Health Practitioner, her role is to perform psychiatric assessments of detainees in Police Custody and Court. Sophie formulates reports that advise and inform the Metropolitan Police and Judiciary and when necessary, diverts those who are acutely unwell to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Sophie Lakin | LinkedIn


Rianna Patterson – Personal Development Coach, Social Entrepreneur and Employment Support Advisor

Rianna is a Kent alumnus, social entrepreneur, global TEDx speaker and personal development coach. Rianna is also the founder of Dominica Dementia Foundation, they are a youth-led dementia charity that supports families and care homes affected by dementia. She launched this organization at 18 in memory of her grandfather who passed away with dementia in Dominica. In June 2017, she was awarded her Majesty the Queen as a Queens Young Leader for the work she does in dementia. She was also selected to speak on BBC One Show with Prince Harry during the Queens Young Leader award ceremony. She uses her platform to discuss and advocate for mental health, sustainability, and social-economic issues.

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Join us online on the 6th April to hear our Kent Psychology alumni talk about their careers after graduation, and learn where your degree could take you.

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