Dr Sarah H Bernard


Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Bernard is a consultant psychiatrist with the Mental Health of Learning Disabilities team, which is a stream of the Developmental Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatry Service. She is also the child psychiatry lead for undergraduate training.

Other roles

Dr Bernard has links with a selection of voluntary organisations, including the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Unique, the Retts Society and the Prader Willi Syndrome Association.

She is involved in training, teaching, research and service development within and outside the Trust, and acts as co-ordinator to the Developmental Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology Service.

She has been an examiner with the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 1999. She was also a ‘Champion for Child Learning Disability Services for London’ between 2006 and 2008.


Dr Bernard completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Leicester, where she also obtained a Doctorate of Medicine. She trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and then completed a higher training in the psychiatry of learning disability, specialising in the mental health of child and adolescent learning disability.

She has been a consultant psychiatrist at the Michael Rutter Centre since 1994.


Her current areas of interest include rare chromosomal disorders, offending behaviours associated with learning disability, assessment of capacity and parents with learning disabilities. Previously, she was involved in studying the role of periconceptional vitamin supplementation in preventing neural tube defects.


Recent publications:

Bernard S.H. 2007  Parents with learning disabilities – the assessment of parenting ability. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities 1,3, 14-18

Bernard S.H. & Turk J. (eds) Developing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities Gaskell 2009

Bernard S.H., Gratton S., Momcilovic N. 2010. The importance of family: a case report. Advances in mental Health of Learning Disabilities 4, 1, 17-19

Raghavan R., Bernard S.H.,McCarthy J. (Eds) Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities. Pavilion 2011

Bernard S.H. The Mental Health Needs of Children with Intellectual Disabilities (chapter) in Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities. A Reader 4th Ed Holt G., Hardy S., Bouras N.(eds) Pavilion 2011

Bernard S. H. Forensic Issues in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities in Community Settings (chapter) in Forensic Issues in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities. Gralton E.(ed)  Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2011

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