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Hedy is a Chartered Psychologist and the author of over 40 research based books, papers and chapters exploring the impact of adverse family circumstances on children’s health and development. She started her career as a social worker in Jamaica before returning to the UK to qualify as a child psychologist. After practicing as a psychologist both within schools and clinical settings, she joined the Dartington Social Research Unit. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway. Her earlier experience as a practitioner informed her research on vulnerable children and families and the impact of professional interventions. The guiding principle underpinning her work is a desire to improve the quality of life for children living in circumstances that place them at risk of abuse and neglect. The findings from her research have had an identifiable impact on policy in the UK in respect to children and families throughout the last 25 years.