Professor Tanya Byron did her first degree in psychology at York, her clinical psychology Masters training at UCL and her doctorate (on the treatment of cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy misusers) between University College Hospital and Surrey. She has been working in the NHS for almost 20 years working in Drug Dependency, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, adult mental health and eating disorders services. She was the Consultant of an in patient unit for 12 - 16 year olds with severe mental health problems and child protection issues. Tanya designed and ran an NHS beacon awarded NHS and Care Staff training programme in the assessment and management of aggressive and violent behaviours.
Professor Tanya Byron now works two days a week as a Consultant in child and adolescent mental health in a general practice. In addition Tanya writes a weekly column for the Times newspaper and for several women's magazines, including a monthly column in Good Housekeeping. Tanya is Chancellor of Edge Hill University and patron of the charity Prospex.
Tanya works at the BBC presenting programmes on child behaviour, science and current affairs (e.g. Little Angels; Teen Angels; House of Tiny Tearaways: Panorama; How to Improve Your Memory - with Professor Robert Winston; Am I Normal?). Also, after appearing in the French & Saunders Christmas Special, Tanya co-writes comedy series with Jennifer Saunders - most recently about a daytime chat show host (The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle).
Professor Tanya Byron has published FOUR books on child behaviour and in March 2008 her government review of harmful and inappropriate material (for children) in video games and on the internet (The Bryon Review: Safer Children in a Digital World) (The Byron Review: Safer Children in a Digital World - www.dcsf.gov.uk/byronreview) was delivered.
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