Dr Penny Andreou

Dr Penny Andreou


Dr. Penny Andreou is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with children, young people, parents and families. She has expertise in child development, complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, long-term health conditions with associated emotional and behavioural difficulties and, cognitive/educational/neuropsychology assessments. She has a caring and warm approach and is passionate about supporting children and their families cope with their challenges.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2009, Penny has worked across a range of NHS services including: a community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Great Ormond Street Hospital’s specialist, second opinion, multi-disciplinary Neurodevelopmental Assessment service (assessments of complex Intellectual disabilities, ADHD, autism); the Social Communication and Autism Spectrum Service, a leading national centre for high functioning Autism and, is the lead psychologist for the Paediatric Metabolic Psychology service, which provides cognitive assessments and, psychological and behavioural support for children and their families living with a life-long rare metabolic condition. Penny is also a therapist on UCL’s research trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults with Motor Neuron Disease.

In addition to her doctoral training, Penny completed a Master’s degree in Child Development, a PhD in Psychology examining cognitive processes in child ADHD and specialist postgraduate training in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology. She is trained in the use and interpretation of autism assessment tools and a wide range of cognitive and neuropsychological assessments. Her training has included Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for children and young people and adults with long-term life-limiting conditions, and she draws on a number of therapeutic models and techniques including behavioural therapy, mindfulness and compassionate mind training.


  • Child development
  • Complex neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Long-term health conditions with associated emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Conducting cognitive, educational and neuropsychological assessments
  • Psychological therapy  
  • Complex Neurodevelopmental Conditions including autism, ADHD, intellectual disability
  • Long-term health conditions and associated emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • BSc. (Hons) Sociology and Psychology
  • MSc. Child Development
  • PhD. Psychology
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.ClinPsy)
  • PGDiP Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professionals Council


  • Longitudinal neurocognitive outcomes of children screened and treated in the very early days post birth for Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Effectiveness of group interventions for young people living with PKU


News & Publications

A prospective longitudinal study of children's theory of mind and adolescent involvement in bullying Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S. R., Bowes, L., Ouellet-Morin, I., Andreou, P., Happe, F., Moffitt, T. E. & Arseneault, L. Mar 2012 In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 53, 3, p. 254 - 261 8.

Mothers and children as informants of bullying victimization: results from an epidemiological cohort of children Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S. R., Andreou, P., et al., Apr 2011 In: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 39, 3, p. 379 - 387 9.

The relationship between ADHD and key cognitive phenotypes is not mediated by shared familial effects with IQ Rijsdijk, F., Andreou, P., et al., Apr 2011 In: Psychological Medicine. 41, 4, p. 861 - 871 11.

Separation of cognitive impairments in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder into 2 familial factors Kuntsi, J. Rijsdijk, F., Andreou, P., et al., Nov 2010 In: JAMA Psychiatry. 67, 11, p. 1159 - 1166 8.

Reaction time performance in ADHD: Improvement under fast-incentive condition and familial effects Andreou, P., et al., 2007 In: Psychological Medicine, 37, 1703–1715.

Combining quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and cognitive-experimental psychology Andreou, P. & Kuntsi, J. 2005 In: Psychiatry; 4:12: 27-30.

Testing assumptions for endophenotype studies in ADHD: Reliability and validity of tasks in a general population sample Kuntsi, J., Andreou, P., Ma, J., Borger, N.A., van der Meere, J.J. 2005 In: BMC Psychiatry, 5: 40

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