‘The work elicits a strange mixture of emotions’

We meet Fiona McClean.

Some psychologists find the topic, application, approach or syndrome that fascinates them at the start of their career or training. Others take some time to identify their core interest. After training, and several different jobs, Fiona McClean has become a passionate advocate for adults on the autistic spectrum. Here, she talks to Ian Florance.

The daughter of a Scottish father and Northern Irish mother, Fiona spent her childhood in several locations in the Scottish Highlands, with the family settling in Inverness when she was 11. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dundee University. ‘I loved languages and combined French with psychology and geography in my first year. In my second year, I discovered I couldn’t take both French and psychology together due to timetable restrictions, but by that time I was enjoying psychology


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