Dr Abi Miranda (she/ her) is the Head of the Early Years and Prevention (EYP) department at Anna Freud.
The aim of the work of EYP is to support children in the early years, and to intervene early when there are relational challenges, to prevent the escalation of mental health challenges later in life. This involves research, clinical work, and working with policy makers, including through the National Centre for Family Hubs.
Abi is an Educational and Child Psychologist who specialises in supporting children in the early years, with a focus on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Before joining the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, she worked in Local Authorities in London in various roles including Educational Psychology, Early Support and Connexions in a Youth Offending service.
Working in an Outer London Local Authority, Abi developed training for staff in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings, maintained nurseries and childminders to help with identification and support for children with SEND and to help parents understand how to help their child.