Dr Abigail Lucas, PsychD; PhD; CPsychol; AFBPsS

I undertake independent assessments in a variety of areas and write reports for the courts relating to children and parents or other family members, adults and older adults.

Professional Qualification(s):      

Registered Clinical Psychologist Chartered Psychologist

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological society

Assessment of Older Adults, Adults and Children

Psychological therapy for Older Adults, Adults and Children

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment and therapy of Older Adults, Adults and Children 

 

  • Psychological difficulties (attachment, mental health issues e.g. anxiety, low mood, personality disorders etc) 

  • Capacity (children)

  • Cognitive difficulties (Adults and children)

  • Impact of ABI or TBI (adults and children)

  • Assessment of Dementia or other age related cognitive changes

  • Parenting assessment

  • Neurodiversity assessments (e.g. dyslexia)

  • Workplace Assessments (e.g. reasonable adjustments)

  • Trauma

  • Therapy using CBT, ACT, Attachment, Narrative therapy, Trauma-focussed CBT, systemic.

  • Use of psychometrics (e.g. WISC, WRAT, WAIS, WMS, BADs, ToPF, TOMMs, psychological questionnaires, CANTAB, CogMed, CPI, 16PF)

  • Research and statistical analysis skills; SPSS, SEM, SigmaPlot, Excel, Bioanalyser, Qualitative and quantitative data analysis

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I have completed two three year Psychology Doctorates. One was a PhD assessing childhood anxiety and academic performance. The other was a three-year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology where I worked in a number of specialties, including older adults, children and families, and adults of working age. I provided therapeutic, psychological and neuropsychological assessments during all of these placements.

I have worked for the last two years as a private psychologist working with adults of working age, children and families, and older adults. I have worked assessing Traumatic brain injury, children and families with difficulties and adults of working age providing court reports, psychological assessments and therapy. I have worked in the corporate sector providing one-to-one therapy and workshops on resilience and stress management. I’ve also provided neurodiversity assessments for these cases for work-placed reasonable adjustments to be made.

I have worked with parents utilising parenting programmes and have completed two theses on childhood anxiety and parenting programmes. 

Qualifications:

  • Sep 2012 – Jun 2016. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (The University of Surrey)

  • Sep 2007 – Sep 2011. PhD in Psychology at the University of Southampton

  • Sep 2010 – Jun 2011. Postgraduate certificate in evidence-based psychological practice (CBT): The University of Reading.

  • Jan – Sep 2011.   Diploma in Performance Coaching (Newcastle College)

  • Sep 2007 – Jun 2008.   MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Southampton 

  • Sep 2002 – Jun 2005.   Psychology BSc (2:1) at The University of Leicester GBR status.

 

Training:

  • 2011 Trained ‘Resilience for Life’ facilitator

  • 2008 Trained FRIENDs anxiety CBT facilitator

  • 2006 BACP Introduction to Counselling skills

  • 2006 Child Protection Training Level one

  • 2005 Trained enhanced thinking skills tutor

 

Research:

  • Doctoral thesis on childhood anxiety, working memory and academic performance (Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A, 2011)

  • Doctoral thesis on ‘Parenting programmes: What works?’ (Lucas, A. R., John, M., & Gleeson, K. 2017).

Professional Memberships:

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPS) Registration number: 154053

  • Registered Counselling/clinical etc Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council 

 

Publications & Presentations:

  • Lucas, A. R., & John, M. (2018). Stressful parenting, mental health and resilience, in prep. Lucas, A. R., Hadwin, J. A., Richards, H. J., & Shackman, A. J. (2015). Understanding the role of anxious arousal and anxious apprehension on working memory and academic performance, in prep.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2018). The effects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and working memory training on the interrelationship between anxiety, working memory and academic underachievement; what works?, in prep.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2013). The effects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and working memory training on the interrelationship between anxiety, working memory and academic underachievement; what works? Paper presented at the 8th International conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, University of Roehampton.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2011). The role of anxious arousal and anxious apprehension on working memory and academic performance; implications for treatment. Paper presented at The Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Preston, UK.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2010). Childhood Anxiety, Working Memory and Academic Performance. Paper presented at Child Anxiety Theory and Treatment conference, University of Boston, USA.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2008). The role of anxious arousal and anxious apprehension on working memory and academic performance. Poster presented at the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, University of London.

  • Lucas, A. R., & Hadwin, J. A. (2008). The role of anxious arousal and anxious apprehension on working memory and academic performance. Poster presented at the 3rd International conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, University of Roehampton.