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Professor Laura Goldstein

Professor Laura Goldstein

  • Academics

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology

Biography

Having first joined the psychology Department in 1987,  I am Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where I provide a clinical neuropsychology service to the Neuropsychiatry department.  I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and have undertaken internationally- recognised research into the neuropsychological and broader psychological consequences of neurological disorders (especially motor neuron disease and epilepsy) and their comorbidities. Recently I have been involved in evaluating psychoeducational and psychological interventions for people with epilepsy and have been leading an NIHR HTA-funded randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with dissociative (non-epileptic) seizures (the CODES Trial).   I am currently also involved in NIHR HTA-funded trials studying the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people with motor neuron disease and the use of specialist physiotherapy for adults with functional movement  disorder.    Previously, I played a major role in the post-qualification training of UK clinical neuropsychologists through leading PG Diploma courses at the Institute of Psychiatry over a 16-year period.   Together with Jane McNeil I co-edited two editions of “Clinical Neuropsychology. A Practical Guide to Assessment and Management for Clinicians” (2nd edition 2013; Wiley) as well The Clinical Psychologist's Handbook of Epilepsy: Assessment and Management.  Routledge Press (published in 1997) which I co-edited with Christine Cull. 

Research Interests

  • Neuropsychology – especially motor neuron disease and other neurological disorders 
  • Psychological aspects of neurological disorders and their comorbidities 
  • Psychological and other interventions for motor neuron disease, epilepsy, dissociative seizures and functional movement disorder. 

I am currently a member of the International League Against Epilepsy’s Psychology Task Force and a Director of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society.