Dr Nicola Cosgrave

BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol

Head of Child Care Assessment Team

Dr Nicola Cosgrave runs the Trust’s Child Care Assessment Team (CCAT), which provides an expert witness service for family courts. She is also a Clinical Tutor on the Institute of Psychiatry’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) course.

Other roles

Dr Cosgrave is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professions Council (HPC).


Nicola trained in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, qualifying in 1996. She has worked with the Trust ever since, specialising in adolescent forensic and looked after children.

Nicola spent eight years working in an adolescent secure unit during which time she trained in Multi-systemic Therapy and worked with the UK Department for International Development (DIFD), contributing to the development of child and adolescent services in Poland and Russia. She was also actively involved in research developing parenting programmes for staff working with challenging adolescents. Nicola teaches on the IOP DClinPsy course, lecturing and running workshops on adolescence, child abuse and neglect, and parenting. After taking a two-year career break to travel, she returned to the NHS to work as a site consultant on the national team responsible for implementing the national rollout of a multi-dimensional treatment foster care programme (MTFCE), funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Since March 2009, she has been a consultant on Child Care Assessment Team, which provides an expert witness service for family courts. Over the last 13 years, she has worked extensively as an expert witness in both criminal and family courts.


Nicola is actively involved in research and service development on improving outcomes for looked after children.

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