Dr Syd Hiskey
Clinical Psychology

About Dr Hiskey

About Dr Hiskey


Clinical work

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as well as being an Associate Fellow, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Expert Witness with the British Psychological Society. I am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Neuropsychology and Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (British Psychological Society).

I have been an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists and have extensive further training in Compassion Focused Therapy (via the Compassionate Mind Foundation).

I have also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (Richmond EMDR).

Research interests

My research interests are varied and include post-traumatic stress disorder (and post-traumatic growth phenomena), compassion in a therapeutic context, psychological responses to trauma across the lifespan, sexual compulsivity, the therapeutic relationship, CBT for anxiety among people with dementia, audit and care planning.


I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. I regularly lecture on trauma and psychological treatments following traumatic experiences, as well as on aspects of neuropsychology and also Compassion Focused Therapy to trainee clinical psychologists (Essex-Tavistock Course, University of Essex).



NHS East of England Clinical Academic Post Doctoral Fellow Research award for three years (.2 WTE) to study ‘Barriers to older adult participation in clinical research – the case of reactivated traumatic distress’

1999 -

Winner of the Department of Psychology (University of Surrey) Prize for best dissertation (Cross cultural colour cognition: !Xóõ and English compared) and the Russell Wicks Memorial Prize for best student performance in examinations and coursework.

Clinical outcomes

Outcome data is routinely gathered as part of my clinical practice. I use the CORE questionnaire as standard and other difficulty specific measures as needed. Clients on average attend for 10 sessions (range 6 to 20). Based on self-reported CORE data taken at assessment and again at the end of therapy, a small group (15%) of clients report modest improvements (average 11%) in overall CORE score*, a larger group (35%) report moderate improvements (average 48%) and the largest group (50%) reporting substantial improvements (average 83%).

*Overall CORE score can be thought of in terms of enhanced life-functioning and subjective well-being and decreased problems/symptoms and risk

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc. (Joint Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology (1st Class)
    University of Surrey 1999

  • Ph.D. in Psychology University of Essex 2003

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University College London 2006

Additional training

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Clinical Neuropsychology
    (Merit) Institute of Psychiatry 2007

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
    (Merit) Royal Holloway (University of London) 2011

  • Clinical Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy
    Compassionate Mind Foundation 2011

  • Advanced Clinical Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy
    Compassionate Mind Foundation 2012

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy
    Richmond EMDR (EMDRIA and EMDR-Europe) 2014

  • Expert Witness Training

  • The British Psychological Society 2014 (Essential knowledge of being an Expert Witness)

  • The Expert Witness Institute 2014 (Medico-legal report writing in Civil Claims)