Meet the Genius Finder Team
Nancy is a Neurodivergent thinker who overcame her school phobia later to become a professional consulting psychologist with a specialism in disability employment and diverse workplaces. Nancy got her PhD in coaching and occupational psychology evaluating the impact of coaching programs to support neurodivergent thinkers at work. She is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, where she co-directs the Centre for Neurodiversity at Work with Professor Almuth McDowall.
Nancy founded Genius Within in 2010 after many years as a coach, unemployment case manager, diversity and management trainer. Nancy believes in “nothing about us without us” as an approach to disability inclusion: Genius Within’s 200+ staff are majority neurodivergent as are her graduate students.
Nancy is a student of intersectional theory, and aspires to be intentionally inclusive about hiring, management progression and well-being, for the promotion of all genders, races, ages, classes and abilities.
The Genius Finder is based on the science of psychometric assessment and Nancy’s many decades of supporting marginalised, neurodivergent and disabled people to be at their best in the workplace and fulfil their career potential. The questions and recommendations have been devised using the four cornerstones of evidence-based practice: research, professional experience, lived experience and stakeholder consultation.
Nancy’s advice and guidance has been supported by the following Psychologists:-
Dr Adrian Camden
Adrian’s interests in neurodiversity are both personal and professional. He says: “on the personal side, as a child I had specific learning disabilities in reading, math, and language. The school and my therapist had differing views on what was the root of the problem. With time, I was able to find a way to work with the system. It was a long and hard process and I knew there must be an easier way. Trying to find that easier way is what has drawn me to neurodiversity.”
Dr Camden has an M.S. and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University as well as Adjunct Professor at Oakland Community College in the USA. He is certified in personality psychometric assessments and also works as a professional coach for neurodivergent adults in the USA and the Europe."
Lauren is a qualified psychometric test user with a BSc in Psychology and is undertaking an MSc in Organizational Psychology. Lauren is interested in making a positive change to people’s lives. She found her passion in Psychology in the first place, however then found her way to neurodiversity through personal / family experiences with neurodivergence and originally wanting to support them. She now wants to help others to understand on a wider scale and make things easier than it was for people in her family so that everyone can be themselves and feel that they are worthy!
Lauren has experience in working with individuals who are unemployed, supporting them to reach a stage of employability again. She also conducts workplace needs assessment to help a wide variety of people understand disability adjustments and accommodations that can help them perform at their best.
Tanja is an Autistic ADHDer who is a passionate advocate for neurodiversity. Tanja sits on various strategic boards and steering groups, especially around autism. She develops and facilitates training on all aspects of neurodiversity, co-production, suicide prevention and missing people. Tanja mentors doctors on a clinical leadership programme and is a senior coach supporting neurodivergent people in the workplace.
Tanja has an HND in Animal Science, BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and MRes in Forensic Investigation. Tanja works within the NHS, with police forces, community organisations, Higher Education groups, charities and coaches in wide variety of workplaces and industries.
Whitney holds multiple professional roles and has over 20 years experience working with young people and communities affected by violence.
She has trained in forensic psychodynamic and organisational psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings. Her specialist focus is on violence and trauma, which influences her work as both a practitioner and trainer.
In 2019, Whitney completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS and has just completed Diplomas for Psychology and Neuroscience in Mental Health and Nutrition Therapy.
Gunjan Odedra, brings a blend of academic achievement and practical experience to the field of psychology and a focus on mental health, wellbeing and neurodiversity. Holding a BSc in Psychology with Counselling Skills, MSc in Psychology and a qualified psychometric test user. Her academic journey is complemented by further Diploma in leadership, counselling, and coaching showcasing a deep commitment to understanding and supporting overall mental health and wellbeing.
Her interest in neurodiversity stems from a desire to recognise and cultivate the strengths of neurodivergent individuals. As part of the team at Genius Within in the UK, Gunjan has contributed to the development of the Genius Finder Pro. With a wealth of experience in the United Kingdom and international settings like India and Dubai, she is fuelled by a fascination with the diverse ways in which the human mind operates and the potential that lies in these differences. Her approach is underpinned by a blend of scientific rigour and a deep empathy for individual experiences.
Gunjan's approach is grounded in practicality, aiming to create real-world impact through her work in Training and Development, and as a Business Psychologist. Previous work experience includes Case Manager, Behaviour recreational assistant and Assistant Psychologist all working within the Employability sector, supporting neurodivergent individuals to maximise their strengths, and overcome their challenges and advocate neurodiversity. In this capacity, she provides consultancy services to businesses, coaching and trainings to create more neuroinclusive environments. She helps organisations tap into the unique talents of neurominorities with a goal to encourage workplaces to embrace diversity, unlock untapped potential, and create a culture of inclusion where all individuals can thrive.
Jess is neurodivergent herself; she is an ADHDer, has OCD and an anxiety disorder. Jess is passionate about diversity and inclusion and strives to empower others to reach their full potential. Jess has a specific interest in neurodiversity due to lived experience and observed unjust experiences of others.
Jess holds a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development, MSc Applied Research in Psychology, MSc Organisational Psychology and ILM 7 certificate in Leadership and Management. Jess’ current role is the Occupational Delivery Team Leader and Business Psychologist for Genius Within. Previous work experience includes Case Manager, Coach and Assistant Psychologist all working within the Employability sector, supporting neurodivergent individuals to maximise their strengths, and overcome their challenges. Additionally, Jess has previously worked with neurodivergent adolescents within the education system and has held various voluntary roles which relate to inclusion, such as being a D&I governor for a higher education establishment and an Independent Parent Supporter for parents of children with Special Educational Needs.
Aishwarya is a Workplace Strategy coach with Genius Within and a PhD student investigating ADHDer career narratives. Prior to this, they were a career coach working with neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ individuals in India, UK, and the US. Aishwarya holds an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology; BSc in Psychology; and has training in peer coaching and feminist leadership coaching. They have worked with not-for-profits, academic organisations, and start-ups conducting mental health research in cultural contexts.
Aishwarya says: “social justice and inclusion are at the core of the work I do and how I engage with the world - my interest in neurodiversity stems from this place as well. Through my work, I want to support and champion voices that have been ignored or underrepresented in mainstream narratives. Being an ADHDer also helped cement this route as a way of advocating for myself and those like me better 🙂”
We strongly believe that the expertise we have learned by navigating the neurotypical world as neuroatypical thinkers, and supporting our community to do the same, has given us insight into workplace performance from which everyone can benefit. Sometimes those on the outside looking in have the ability to see the patterns that those inside cannot divine.