Rachael completed her four year undergraduate degree in Human Psychology at the Aston University. Her third year was a placement in an Early Detection and Intervention Team for psychosis in the NHS. Alongside this, she worked in a nursery setting for 8 years.
Rachael went on to volunteer in a mental health charity called Changes, which focuses on peer recovery. Since graduating she has worked as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant with children 0-5 and Participation Co-ordinator in CAMH services for Central and North West London Foundation Trust.
She is currently a research assistant on the Healthy Start, Happy Start study in the Academic Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with Dr Paul Ramchandani and Dr Christine O’Farrelly. The study uses an early attachment-based intervention with parents of young children, focusing on child communication, play, child development and managing difficult behaviours.