Meet our team 

Dr. Myooran Canagaratnam

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist with 14 years experience of working in the NHS. I qualified as a doctor at Cambridge University and University College London. I subsequently trained in psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital, and completed higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tavistock Clinic in London. 

I currently work as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Lifespan Service at the Tavistock, where I specialise in the diagnostic assessment of children, adolescents and adults with social communication difficulties including  Autistic Spectrum Conditions. I am trained and experienced in the use of diagnostic assessment tools including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) and the Developmental, Dimensional & Diagnostic Interview (3Di).


I am an accredited ADOS trainer, and have been involved in running ADOS training courses at the Tavistock attended by clinicians from across the UK for the past 5 years. In addition to diagnosis, I am  interested in a range of therapeutic approaches to supporting children, adolescents and adults with developmental conditions.  I have a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Anna Freud Centre, and have also trained in Mentalisation Based Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. 


I have a strong interest in teaching doctors and mental health professionals.  I am the Training Programme Director for doctors training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tavistock.  I have been involved in developing national curricula for mental health professionals supporting children with developmental conditions.  I have presented at national conferences and published on this subject.

Dr. Emma Kennedy

I am an experienced teacher and Educational Psychologist, trained at University College London. I work with children, young people and parents/carers with a wide range of learning, social and emotional issues including anxiety, depression, inattention, negative self-concept and family relationship difficulties. I also have experience with issues arising from learning disability, autistic spectrum conditions and related neuro-developmental conditions. 


I use psychodynamic, systemic and attachment-informed perspectives in both school and clinical contexts, including NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The central role of relationships and of the need to develop sensitivity and responsivity in the systems around people experiencing difficulties are crucial to my work. 

I currently teach at the Tavistock Clinic as well as working in a specialist neuro-developmental team there, alongside providing training, supervision and consultancy support to schools and other organisations who work with children, young people and their families. 

I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP), International School Psychology Association (ISPA) and am a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council. I am a chartered psychologist with the BPS, a member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology and a member of the Special Interest Group in Coaching Psychology. I am also a member of ISPA's Ethics Committee. 


We have a number of associates that we work with, sometimes bringing them in to work alongside us in the clinic and sometimes recommending that you contact them for further support and advice. This ensures that we can provide you with the best help possible, and that you are always enabled to make decisions about assessment or intervention that are right for you and your family. 

We work with child and adult psychotherapists, systemic family therapists, clinical psychologists, paediatricians, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. When we feel we need to include another practitioner in your assessment or treatment we will always let you know and think together about the best next steps.