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Welcome Dr Eny Ekebuisi, our new DDPI Research Committee member

8 September 2021
Dr Eny Ekebuisi

Dr Ben Gurney-Smith, Committee Chair, is pleased to announce that Dr Eny Ekebuisi has joined the DDPI Research Committee.

Dr Nneamaka Ekebuisi (known as Eny) is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and holds Chartered status with the British Psychological Society. She has completed the DDP Level Two Training and is currently on the practicum to become a qualified DDP Practitioner.

Eny has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years, and specialises in working with families where there has been a history of trauma and abuse. Her background prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist includes working within residential drug rehabilitation units, prisons and criminal justice services, with homeless populations and deputy managing a children’s residential home, which provides her with a rich knowledge base to apply to her current work.

Eny currently holds two roles – 3 days a week at Psychology Associates, where she works predominantly with adopted and fostered families, as well as providing training, consultation and supervision to children’s homes to support staff and management. She is also employed as a Clinical Tutor and Lecturer on the University of Plymouth Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Eny has a strong research interest and so as well as supporting trainees on placements throughout their training, she also provides research supervision to support trainees with their major research projects. Her research interests include attachment theory as it applies to organisations, experiences of children within the care system, and experiences of People of Colour within the UK. Her passion for these topics have led her to contributed to a number of podcasts and was featured in an article on trans-racial adoptions for the BBC.

Eny says… “Being involved in the Research Committee is important as I am passionate about improving the life chances of children and families who have experienced trauma and helping them to recover from the trauma through evidencing the fantastic approach that DDP offers”.

Do you like to think and talk about research in DDP?

Have an enthusiasm and passion for bringing evidence based practice to the work of DDP? Would like to have a role in advocating and supporting research on behalf of the DDPI? Then get in touch!

We would like to have more members on the Research Committee and are particularly keen to increase the diversity of our membership. We are an enthusiastic group and being a researcher is not mandatory. It is a voluntary role and as a minimum involves attending four meetings a year. There may be some scope to support research projects outside of this time.

Please get in touch with Ben, Research Committee Chair, at to find out more.

You can also visit our updated Research section which went live earlier this year, containing more information about research into DDP, the evidence base and up-to-date developments.