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Oxford Team Profiles: Clinical psychologists

Children born with a cleft lip and / or palate may face multiple health problems. Experience has shown that these problems are best supported by a team of specialists from many disciplines who work together with the family to provide for the social, emotional, psychological and educational needs of the child.

This means that, when you visit us, you may find yourself in a room with lots of clinicians – this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you feel uncomfortable with so many people in the room, please don’t be afraid to request that only key members of the team remain.

Jenny Cropper

I joined the Spires Cleft Centre in 2020 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and I am the lead psychologist for the service. I completed my clinical psychology doctorate with the University of Surrey in 2005 and have worked in both regional and specialist hospital settings since then. I have worked with children, young people and […]

Matthew Hotton

I have worked in the Spires Cleft Centre since qualifying from the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training in 2016. I work with people of all ages, helping them and their families to adjust to being born with a cleft lip and / or palate and to cope with any associated treatment. I use a […]

Danielle Benjamin

I am currently on placement as an assistant psychologist, supporting the clinical psychologists in the care of patients born with a cleft and their families. I assist in clinics and individual appointments, whilst also administering tests to monitor patient development.