Dr Alison Doyle is a teacher and psychologist, specialising in the management of educational transitions. Alison works with students with Special Educational Needs and disabilities of all ages, devising individual programmes to support the transition from primary to post-primary school, and from school to college or employment. Alison also designs and delivers bespoke transition workshops and camps for schools and colleges including Trinity College Dublin, and the Institute of Art, Design + Technology Dún Laoghaire.
Alison has conducted commissioned research on behalf of national organisations such as the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) and the Disability Advisers Working Network (DAWN), and regularly lectures to Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, and the UK.
Alison began her career in Liverpool in 1982, teaching children with profound intellectual and physical disabilities, and continued to work as a teacher and school Principal in the UAE and Switzerland. Alison relocated to Ireland in 2003, and from 2005 to 2015 supported students with disabilities in Higher Education in Dublin Institute of Technology, and Trinity College Dublin. Alison was Chair of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Advisory Panel for Specific Learning Difficulties from 2007 – 2014, and a member of the National Executive Committee of the Dyslexia Association Ireland between 2003 and 2008. Alison is a Board member of PRISM Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Ireland.
Alison has a B. Ed (Hons) in Special Education from the University of Lancaster, a Master of Education in Special / Inclusive Education and Research from The Open University, and in 2015 received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, for research into the topography of disability and transition to Higher Education in Ireland. A full description of Alison's professional experience and qualifications is available at her LinkedIn profile.