Tina Pereira, PhD was trained and accredited as a Registered Intermediary (RI) by the Ministry of Justice in 2007. Since then she has worked in several Crown, Magistrate and Youth courts with witnesses and victims, defendants and respondents, mainly in the Midlands, UK.
Tina’s area of specialism is Learning Disability (LD) (adults and children). She also works with typically developing children. LD in adulthood can be associated with a number of factors e.g. Genetic abnormalities such as Down’s Syndrome, neuro-developmental disorders such as Autism (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Traumatic Brain Injury and severe environmental deprivation, such as due to modern slavery. LD can often co-exist with Mental Health conditions.
Prior to that, Tina worked for many years as a specialist speech and language therapist in the UK and overseas previously.
She is highly experienced working with interpreters of South Asian languages.
Tina is especially interested in using low technology communication aids with vulnerable people who find it particularly difficult to use spoken language alone to communicate their account. Her PhD research related to the manner in which low technology communication aids managed by intermediaries improved the quality of evidence elicited by and from those with a Learning Disability in police interviews.
She has delivered several presentations at national and international conferences on communication difficulties, vulnerable individuals in the Justice System and communication aids.
Tina is a mentor for newly qualified intermediaries on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.
She was formerly a trainer on the Ministry of Justice training team for Registered Intermediaries. She has delivered training to several police Forces on identifying communication vulnerability. While working as a specialist speech and language therapist, she has written and delivered training to Health, Education and Social Care professionals in relation to working with individuals with a Learning Disability.
Higher educational institutions Tina has been affiliated with are Cardiff University, the University of Virginia (USA) and the University of Bombay (India).
Tina is a member of Intermediaries for Justice (the professional organisation for intermediaries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and was Honorary Secretary from December 2014 to November 2017. She is also a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the International Association of Forensic Linguists and the International Society for Conversation Analysts.
She is a governor at a secondary school in the Midlands.
Tina is passionate about enabling vulnerable people access equal opportunities in life, including within the Justice System.