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Atena  Papatraian

Atena  Papatraian

Visiting Associate

HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist . Lead Psychologist @Cygnet Healthcare Churchill .

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- Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Sociology at Hyperion University of Bucharest 

- MSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminology at Danubius University of Galati 

- Specialist postgraduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy  

- 12 years of clinical experience as a Forensic Psychologist (in Romania and the UK):  

 - comprehensive psychological assessments, case formulation and conceptualization, tailored interventions for forensic and clinical populations in criminal justice and inpatients settings 

- development and provision of treatment programmes in line with the care pathways across specialised services (secure settings, personality disorders, psychosis, intensive and acute care) 

- expertise in risk assessment, specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of clinical risk assessment and management of multiple and overlapping areas of risk 

- contribution to staff development through clinical supervision, training, case consultation and reflective practice for inpatient teams 

- consultation and advice on service development projects and quality improvement plans 

Aiming to promote an ethos that embeds compassion, inclusion and collaboration and to make a positive contribution to the transformation and delivery of healthcare services. 

Placement coordinator at Cygnet Healthcare, for the MSc Forensic Psychology Programme KCL IoPPN - since September 2015 

Research Interests

Previous qualitative and quantitative applied research:  

  • Assessment of therapeutic needs in prison services - part of service development and implementation of the EU-funded projects in Romanian prisons: “A Changing Society. Social and Professional Reintegration of Prisoners”, “Together for the Future”  
  • Exploration of individual factors related to offending and protective factors around re-offending (qualitative research) 
  • Evaluation of a therapeutic programme for violent offenders (evaluation research, mixed design) 
  • Rehabilitation of offenders with severe mental health problems (qualitative research) 
  • Evaluation of a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy group intervention for women in low-secure services  
  • Audit and quality assurance for the use of START Risk Assessment in an inpatient service for women, development and implementation of an audit tool, quality standards and staff competency framework  

Interested in: 

  • Developmental trauma and emotional regulation 
  • Cultural considerations in trauma informed case formulation and treatment 
  • Evaluation of Schema Therapy interventions in forensic settings 
  • Coping and well-being among mental health staff working in secure settings