Sensitivity to the norms within a culture is key in the assessment of individuals from diverse cultural groups and communities, and may dictate the success of any interventions recommended (read the article on cultural sensitivity in psychological assessments here). Experience of working with different populations can help a psychologist draw appropriate conclusions from clinical interviews and attach reasonable meaning to the client’s presenting symptoms. As we often provide experts for cases involving assessments of people from other cultures, we have compiled a short overview of some of our experts’ experience (please note that this is not an exhaustive list).
Dr Josling has vast experience with Caribbean culture, including the English and Patois spoken across the Caribbean Islands. She has experience of South Asian culture, specifically Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi. She speaks some Hindi and Urdu.
Dr Kochuparampil has a wealth of experience in working with victims of trafficking, including individuals from Albania, Thailand and African countries. From South Indian descent, she speaks Malayalam and is very familiar with the cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent and Arabian Gulf.
Dr Wilson has experience in working with specialist populations including asylum seekers and refugees, and ex-military personnel. She has experience in specialist therapies, including providing EMDR through interpreters for torture survivors.
Dr Dernevik has worked extensively with members of the deaf population and can communicate in British Sign Language. Dr Dernevik also speaks Scandinavian languages, being of Swedish descent.
Dr Ishaq has extensive experience of working with Somalian individuals. As she is from East Asia, has a deep understanding of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai cultures. Dr Ishaq can speak Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr Wright has experience of working cross-culturally including Sri Lanka; Turkey, Cyprus, Poland, Russia; Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Afro-Caribbean, Asia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Dr Cole is British Caribbean and in her professional work, provides therapeutic interventions to the diverse population in central London. She is a member of the Black and Asian Therapy Network.
Dr Fegan has experience with asylum seekers and refugees from Africa, Eritrea, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.
Dr Pontes speaks portuguese and has an in-depth understanding of South American culture.
Dr Chudasama speaks Gujarati, conversational Hindi and has an understanding of Urdu and Punjabi.
Dr Black is Belgian and speaks French in addition to English. In her professional work, she primarily works with people with African and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.
Dr Newsome is of Black Caribbean and African descent, and has extensive knowledge of mixed and Asian heritage.
Dr Shuttleworth has experience working with various cultural groups including Thai, Pakistani and Jewish communities.
Dr Craib has worked extensively with African and Muslim cultures in her professional career.
Dr Suglani is highly experienced in working with Indian and Asian cultural backgrounds. She is a fluent Punjabi speaker.
Dr Reis has excellent knowledge of Latin cultures (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Brazilian, Mexican and Venezuelan) and has worked with Indian, Pakistani, Egyptian, Iranian, Caribbean, Chinese and African clients. She speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.
Dr Lewis has worked extensively with the Turkish and Iranian communities. He has excellent knowledge of working through interpreters and with clients of various cultural backgrounds.
Dr Siddaway currently works weekly with asylum seekers and refugees from across the world. He has accrued knowledge of various different cultures.
Dr Ahmed has extensive knowledge of working with Asian cultures, including speaking Bengali and Muslim communities.
Dr Barton has worked with clients from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, covering a large range of cultures. She has excellent experience working through interpreters.
Dr Nagi is half Spanish and half Indian, therefore having personal experience with cultural norms in these countries.
Dr Bates is a Russian speaker and has experience working with people from South Asia, African countries, Eastern European countries and also Syrian and Afghan and Iraqi people. She has worked within the immigration and deportation process for those from the West Indies.
Dr Carr-Walker is knowledgeable in working with Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian cultures. She also has good experience working with Travelling communities and Australian Aboriginal communities.
Dr Desautels has worked with many communities within the Afro-Caribbean, Nigerian, Congolese and middle-eastern cultures. He is a native French-speaker.
Dr Churchman has a great understanding of Italian culture and speaks fluent Italian.
Dr McDowell has worked with many African Caribbean parents and West African children.
Dr Cohen works with minority ethnic client groups in London and the Orthodox Jewish community. She is an Afrikaans speaker.
Dr Treisman has worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.
Dr Moore has experience both professionally and personally with Polish culture. He has experience in working with interpreters.
Dr Isaacs has a very good South African cultural understanding which she regularly applies to her professional work.