Susan has a BSc Honours first class degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology from University of Surrey, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London and a PhD from King’s College London. She is a Registered Psychologist (forensic and clinical) with the Health and Care Professions Council and registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She is a practitioner member of the Division of Neuropsychology and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Susan is the director of Psychology Services Limited providing clinical and forensic psychology services and consultation, providing assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and adults with mental health and/or neurodevelopmental problems. She has over 20 years experience working in clinical academia, including prestigious employment at the Maudsley Hospital; Broadmoor Hospital; the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King’s College London); and Imperial College London. Currently Susan has honorary contracts as a consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, and honorary professorships at Reykjavik University and Bucks New University.
In the NHS Susan worked at the Maudsley Hospital in brain injury and the Neurodevelopmental Service before moving into Forensic Services. She has worked at every level of security (community outreach, low, medium and high security, and in an open forensic rehabilitation ward) and provided assessment and consultation services at various prison establishments for both youths and adults. For 11 years, Susan’s clinical academic post was as an Honorary Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist based Broadmoor Hospital and for 4 years she was the Director of Forensic Research and Development in the West London Mental Health Trust.
Susan has continued to be involved in international research collaborations and has over 130 publications in scientific journals (see Publications section). Susan has also written and published clinical treatment programmes for children, adolescents and adults and these are published in six books. These programmes are delivered in English speaking countries (including North America, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, Australia) and translated for use in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, China and Japan. Susan has developed the ADHD Child Evaluation (ACE), which is translated into 17 languages, and ACE+ for use with adults, which has been translated into 7 languages at the present time (see Resources section). More translations are currently being undertaken and, in collaboration with Braingaze (www.braingaze.com), the ACE/ACE+ interviews are currently being developed into a web-based tool (in English).
Susan regularly receives requests for medio-legal assessments. Aside from civil, family and tribunal cases, she has been engaged in over 150 legal cases referred by Defence solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service, Customs Prosecution Service, the Police, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Home Office National Offender Management Service and directly by the Court.