Dr Julie Sealy

Name: Dr Julie Sealy
Department: Early Years Education
Current position: Senior Lecturer
Email: sealyj@edghill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • Sept 1997 – July 1998 Tutor, University of the West Indies Continuing Studies Social Development & Disability Course
  • Sept 2000 – 2016 PT Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, Barbados.
  • 2006 – 2016 Founding Manager of an early intervention centre and a private primary school for disadvantaged children and families in the Caribbean. Developed curricula for early childhood education programme to meet the needs of children birth to five years and primary education for children aged 5 years to 11 years. Administered a range of developmental assessments, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Provided counselling support services to families
  • 2000 – 2006 Director of a primary and secondary school providing education and training for children and young persons with developmental disabilities. Responsible for development and implementation of special needs programmes.
  • 1997 – 2000 Social worker and counsellor in a private school in the Caribbean. Advocated on a micro and macro level advocating for improved services and polices for families.


Research Interests

  • Currently finalising a research paper reviewing undergraduate students’ perspective of the National Student Data
  • Planning stage: Practitioners perspectives on sensory processing:  Impact on classroom behaviour management.

Refereed Journals

  • Sealy, J. (2017). Parent-Child Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Vulnerable Clients: Are They Within the Scope of Social Work Practitioners in Barbados? Caribbean Journal of Social Work. In Press
  • Sealy, J., & Glovinsky, I. P. (2016). Strengthening the reflective functioning capacities of parents who have a child with a neurodevelopmental disability through a brief, relationship‐focused intervention. Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 7 (2)115–124.

Non-refereed journals

  • Sealy, J. (2015). The quality of the parent-child relationship and the reflective functioning capacities of caregivers who have a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder of relating and communicating (Doctoral dissertation, Fielding Graduate University).  Available from: http://search.proquest.com
  • 2012 – Editor and contributor of Student Voice Publication of the ICDL Graduate School.
  • 2006 – Barbados Council for the Disabled, Handbook, Abuse and Women with Disabilities
  • Sealy J. & Ring, K. (2001) Eds. ‘Student Voices’, Caribbean Social Work Journal, University Press, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill., Barbados.

Conference contributions

  • ICDL Annual Conference, Montclair State University, New Jersey, U.S.A. Conference presentation ‘Affect and Culture’.
  • October 16th, 2012 Interdisciplinary Colloquium Complex Case Study: Early Experiences Shaping the Dance of Communication.


  • PhD Infant and Early Childhood Development, with an emphasis on mental health and developmental disorders.
  • M.A. International Child Welfare (Distinction)
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Social Work
  • Expert Training Leader, DIR/FloortimeTM Therapy
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Certified
  • Certificate in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Knowledge transfer and enterprise

  • Manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Early Intervention
  • Expert training leader in DIR/FloortimeTM at the Interdisciplinary Council for Development & Learning
  • Member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health
  • The Health Care Professionals Council, UK. Registered Social Worker – Registration # SW109471


  • Recipient of an Organization of American States, (OAS), Development Scholarship

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