Staff profiles

Psychologists
Gráinne Parish (née Boyle) – Head of Department

Head of Department

Gráinne Boyle is an Irish qualified Educational Psychologist with a Masters in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin. She is the Director of Psychology Services at Insights Psychology DMCC, Dubai, UAE. She is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council, UK, and Community Development Authority, Dubai.
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Dr Haneen Jarrar

Dr Haneen is a Psychologist, Counsellor at Insights Psychology. Dr. Haneen is a CDA licenced psychologist with over elven years of experience helping children and families. Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Haneen pursed her undergraduate in Psychology at the American University of Beirut and received a scholarship to purse her Masters (MSc) degree at the university of London in ‘Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience’, graduating with honors Haneen was recruited at Great Ormond Street hospital for children – UCL-London, and was granted funding for her PhD project “Language acquisition in children with Autism”.
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Kelly Pugin

Kelly Pugin is a Registered Psychologist from South Africa specializing in Educational Psychology. She holds an Honours Degree (Education with specialisation in school guidance and counselling) and a professional Masters in Educational Psychology. She is a Registered Educational Psychologist and Member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
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Cynthia Downey

Cynthia Downey holds a Master’s degree in School Psychology and an additional credential in Counselling Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, California, USA. She has over 18 years of professional practice experience as a Psychologist and she has lived in the UAE since 2018. She is currently a member of the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) and the California Association of School Psychologist’s (CASP).
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Jolene Palmer

Jolene Palmer holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Teaching from the North West University in South Africa. Jolene has been working in the UAE for the past 8 years. She is a registered Psychologist with the Community Development Authority, Dubai.
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Jacqui Lawson

Jacqui Lawson holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and an Honours Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa. She is qualified as a NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and Time Line therapist with the American Board of NLP.
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Dr Claire Lewis

Dr. Claire holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Exeter, UK. With over 17 years’ experience working with clients across the age range, she specialises in the area of Adult Mental Health and well-being. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Dubai Health Authority.
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Therapists
Sarah Wedel

Sarah Wedel is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc. Honors Speech and Language Therapy qualification from Leeds Becket University, UK. Since graduating in 2013 Sarah has worked in various paediatric settings in London and Dubai. She is licensed with the Dubai Healthcare Authority.
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Emily Alderson

Emily Alderson is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with a BMedSci (Hons) Degree in Speech Sciences. She graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2013 and has since worked across a range of health and education settings in Birmingham, Manchester and Dubai. She is licensed with the Dubai Healthcare Authority.
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Coaches and Wellbeing Educators
Ashely Green

Originally from Scotland, Ashley moved to Dubai 10 years ago to teach full time within the Emirate, spending the last 6 years teaching in an outstanding primary school. More recently, Ashley achieved a master’s degree in positive psychology and coaching and she is passionate about the wellbeing and mental health of children and those who care for them.
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Administration Staff
Swimmu Zacharias

Swimmu is the administration assistant at Insights. She is from Kerala, India, and she has an MBA in Human Relations
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Jeniffer Posas

Jeniffer is an administration assistant at Insights. She is from Manila, Philippines and completed Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
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