John Shanahan

John is an Australian trained educational and developmental psychologist who specialises in children and adolescents. He has been working as a psychologist in private practice in Hong Kong for the past ten years after receiving a Masters in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Western Australia. During his postgraduate studies, John also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education and is a qualified special education teacher. John is currently the Programme Director of our Child Development Team.

John is an experienced diagnostician, and offers comprehensive psycho-educational and developmental evaluations for children and adolescents. He also provides therapy for children, adolescents, and families experiencing a range of social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties. He specialises in working with developmental challenges such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Learning Difficulties and also works extensively with individuals who have difficulties managing anxiety and emotional reactivity.

Having grown up in Hong Kong, he is particularly familiar with the educational, cultural, and social contexts families have to navigate. John works closely with international schools in Hong Kong and around Asia offering professional development opportunities to parents and teachers, educational consulting, crisis management, educational planning, and social-emotional planning and curriculum development.

In addition to his private work, John is the President of the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong and an Advisor to the Hawn Foundation. He provides consultation services for Kids4Kids, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong. He is also the Psychologist on the Safety Committee of Outward Bound Hong Kong. John is a Visiting Professor for the University of St Joseph and is frequently a guest lecturer at universities in Hong Kong

John can be seen by appointment at our Central and Southside clinics.