Dr Elizabeth Elliott

Forensic Psychologist

Elizabeth Elliott

Dr Elizabeth Elliott is an experienced forensic psychologist who provides expert evidence in criminal and family proceedings.

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Profile

Dr Elliott is a HCPC and BPS registered Doctor of Forensic Psychology with an interest and expertise in the assessment of ‘at risk’ individuals, suspects and offenders both in custody and in the community.. Dr Elliott has gained a significant range of experience practicing in a variety of settings, including secure units, police stations, private practices, courts and prisons. This has afforded Dr Elliott the opportunity to work with a wide range of professional services, to serve clients from a variety of backgrounds and cultures with diverse clinical presentations. She is familiar with a range of forensic assessment tools, including those with a focus on psychopathology, sexual and violent risk, stalking, personality and psychopathy, arson, malingering, parental protective capacity and terrorism.

Dr Elliott’s experiences have enabled her to acquire an advanced ability to build rapport and retrieve and weigh information provided in clinical interview. Clearly, being able to engage with clients in such fashion that one can gain an accurate picture of their beliefs understandings and motivations is essential if one is to manage and understand risk effectively. This is also important for building and sustaining an open and trusting therapeutic relationship that will enable the client to develop in an adaptive fashion.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Elliott has completed the accredited Bond Solon Criminal Expert Certificate with Cardiff University. She attends expert witness CPD training and conferences annually. She has written over 100 expert witness reports on criminal and family/child protection cases, heard before Parole Boards, Magistrates, Family and Crown Courts, Mental Health Tribunals, and Parole Boards. Her reports are standardised on data from several sources, including psychometric testing, clinical interview, assessment of personal history and relevant collateral information. These data are used to build a psychological profile, to assist in understanding / explaining aspects of the case.

Publications

Elliott, E., & Vollm, B. (2018). The Utility of Post-Conviction Polygraph Testing Among Sexual Offenders. Sexual Abuse, 30, 367-392.

Elliott, E., Egan, V., & Grubin, D. (2017). A Not So Bogus Pipeline: A Study of the Bogus Pipeline Effect And Its Implications for Polygraph Testing. Polygraph, 46, 1-9.

Cases Undertaken

Dr Elliott is regularly instructed to provide her expert opinion to the criminal and family courts as well as the Parole Board.

Dr Elliott is regularly instructed to provide her expert opinion to the criminal and family courts as well as the Parole Board.

Her work for the criminal courts and the Parole Board typically involve assessments of:

  • Sexual offending
  • Child abuse
  • Violent offending
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Terrorism
  • Domestic violence

Her work for the family courts includes:

  • Conducting risk assessments including risk of domestic violence, children(s) exposure to criminality and risk of sexual and non-sexual abuse towards a child
  • Carrying out psychological assessments to provide an understanding about problem parenting, capacity, ability/readiness for change, and ability/willingness to engage with professional agencies
  • Conducting cognitive assessments and commenting on the effect of intellectual functioning on parenting
  • Assessing a proposed carer’s capacity and ability to supervise and protect a child at risk

Her work for the family courts includes:

  • Conducting risk assessments including risk of domestic violence, children(s) exposure to criminality and risk of sexual and non-sexual abuse towards a child.
  • Carrying out psychological assessments to provide an understanding about problem parenting, capacity, ability/readiness for change, and ability/willingness to engage with professional agencies
  • Conducting cognitive assessments and commenting on the effect of intellectual functioning on parenting

Specialist assessments offered

Risk assessments

  • HCR-20 to assess risk of violence
  • PCL-R to assess for psychopathy
  • RSVP (Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol) to assess for risk of sexual violence
  • Terrorist Radicalisation Assessment Protocol/ Trap-19
  • Child Abuse Potential Inventory

Personality and clinical symptom assessments

  • MCMI-IV (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory) to assess for clinical syndromes and personality disorder in adults
  • IPDE (International Personality Disorder Examination) to assess for personality disorder in adults

Malingering

  • Test of Memory Malingering
  • Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (malingering of psychosis)
  • Paulhus Deception Scales

Risk assessments

Historical Clinical Risk Management-20 (HCR-20 risk of violence)

Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) Terrorist Radicalisation Assessment Protocol (TRAP-18)

Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAPI)

Sexual deviance (e.g. The Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT))

Structured Assessment of Protective Factors (SAPROF)

Stalking Risk Profile (SRP)

Actuarial risk assessment (e.g. RM2000, Stable-2007 and Acute-2007)

 

Parental Capacity

Capacity and Ability to Supervise and Protect- Risk (CASP-R)

 

Personality and clinical symptom assessments

MCMI-IV (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory)

International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE)

Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

The Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R and PCL-R:SV)

The Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS 5)

 

Malingering

Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)

Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS)

Paulhus Deception Scales (PDS)

 

Intellectual, neurodevelopmental and cognitive assessments

WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale)

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)

Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS)

Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD (DIVA)

Availability

As an experienced psychologist, Dr Elliott has developed her expert witness work over several years. In addition to working part-time for the National Health Service within secure setting and supervising doctoral trainees she now dedicates on day of her working week to her medicolegal practice. This means that she has good availability to accept instructions and to provide written and oral evidence.

Qualifications & Professional memberships

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Psychology

D.Foren.Psy in Forensic Psychology

Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol)

Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate

 

Memberships

Full Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology

Full Member of the British Psychological Society

Health Care Professions Council registered

 

Academic posts

I am a visiting lecturer in Forensic Psychology at King’s College London

I supervise forensic and clinical doctoral and master’s students

Practicing as a senior clinician working in the Sexual Behaviour Service South West London St George’s Trust (SWLSTG)

Coordinator of the Psychopathy & PCL-R Working Group  (SWLSTG)

Coordinator of the Mental Disorder & Terrorism Working Group  (SWLSTG)

 

Additional experience

I am a trained hostage negotiation advisor

 

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