Dr Elinor Sason

Chartered Psychologist

Dr Elinor Sason

Dr Elinor Sason is chartered Psychologist who provides expert evidence in criminal, civil and family proceedings.

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Profile

Dr Elinor Sason is a Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist with over 7 years (including NHS placements during doctorate training) of experience working with children, adults and families in clinical, NHS and private settings. She has worked with people who have complex mental health needs and dual diagnosis including addiction disorders, personality disorders, forensic patients and PTSD. She is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tests, deliver psychological interventions and clinical leadership in making assessments of mental state and mental health disorders.

She is currently working as a Highly Specialist Psychologist in an Acute Mental Setting for Surrey and Borders NHS Trust. Her role is to provide rapid and high quality psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to adult service users experiencing mental health crisis requiring hospital admission. She is often asked to provide psychological opinion and recommendations for psychological therapy in the community, through signposting and facilitating safer discharge. יer role also involves offering reflective practice groups to staff, supporting their well-being. She also provides consultation and training to non-psychology staff members to support the development of their skills to manage service users who are in an acute mental state. Additionally, she offers supervision to psychology trainees and assistant psychologist and contribute to research seminars.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Sason has provided hundreds of psychological assessments over the years. These are based on psychological testing, clinical interviewing and a thorough review of documentation concerning the case. Research literature may also be reviewed where appropriate to reach a carefully considered objective opinion. She is confident in her communication skills, offering an honest, independent clinical opinion which is evidence based.

Cases undertaken

Dr Sason provides her expert opinion to the family and criminal courts. She provides expert evidence in immigration and asylum cases (assess mental disorder, risk of relapse and suicide in the context of detention and deportation).  Her work for the criminal courts involve assessment of:

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Witness reliability
  • Cognitive function which includes neuropsychological assessments of prisoners with trauma and challenges to mental capacity
  • Suggestibility and vulnerability
  • Complications of substance misuse
  • Personality disorder
  • Mental Health needs
  • The impact of trauma and abuse and neglect
  • Screening of Learning Disabilities and Developmental disorders (Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD)

Specialist assessments offered

Personality and clinical symptom assessments 

  • Paulhus Deception Scales-Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (PDS)
  • CAPS-5 (NCPTSD Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) Clinician Training by National Center for PTSD) to assess post-traumatic stress disorder diagnostic status and symptom severity
  • Detailed Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress (DAPS)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-IV) to assess for clinical syndromes and personality disorder in adults
  • Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) to assess brief histories of abuse and neglect in childhood
  • Clinical Assessment of Depression (CAD)
  • Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) to assess nine symptom dimensions.
  • Devereux scales of mental Disorders for Children

Other

  • Gudjonsson Suggestibility and Compliance Scales
  • Adult Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4)
  • MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Fitness to plead Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA) to assess fitness to stand trial

Publications

Rus-Calafell, M., Garety, P., Sason, E., Craig, T., & Valmaggia, L. (2018). Virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of psychosis: A systematic review of its utility, acceptability and effectivenessPsychological Medicine, 48(3), 362-391. doi:10.1017/S0033291717001945

Availability

Dr Sason dedicates time in her working week to her medicolegal practice which means that she has good availability to accept instructions.

Qualifications and memberships

Qualifications

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (2018)
University of Roehampton

MSc in Mental Health (2015)
King’s College London (Institute of psychiatry)

BSc. (Hons) Psychology
Royal Holloway University of London

Memberships

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological society

Registered with the Health and Care Professional Council

Member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland

BPS National Register of Expert Witnesses

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