Having completed her first degree in psychology in 1993 and following a PGCE, Shama taught across the primary phase in the London Borough of Wandsworth. She completed her professional training in Educational Psychology at UCL in 1999 and returned in 2001 to undertake her Doctorate in Educational Psychology, which she gained in 2006.
Shama works as a Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist in the London Borough of Merton, where she is also a member of the Team for Autistic Spectrum and Communication Disorders (TASC). She organizes TASC conferences, delivers National Autistic Society programmes to children, schools and families and works in close partnership with the ASD Clinic, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Research interests and publications include: Investigating the evidence-base of Social Stories; Parenting styles and practices of different ethnic groups; Pupil, teacher and parent roles in improving the transition to secondary schools of children and young people with special educational needs.
Shama is a Practice Tutor for Year 1 tutees based on Placement at Merton and a Placement Supervisor for trainees in Years 2 & 3 of their training at Merton. She is also the Year 2 Co-ordinator of the Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology course.
Shama is currently undertaking training in the use of Video Interaction Guidance in schools.