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Dr Susanne Meisel

Job title Clinical Psychologist, BAppSc (Psychology) MSc PhD

Area of Expertise

  • Young people with neurodevelopmental differences and complex behavioural/mental health needs
  • At-risk young people where there is risk of harm to self/to others and from others: harmful sexual behavior, self-harm, fire setting, interpersonal violence, child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation
  • Parenting/Carer interventions and working with the young person’s wider systems
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Integration of physical and mental health in mental health care settings
  • Integrating the use of novel digital technologies such as Virtual Reality into clinical practice


Dr Susie Meisel is a Clinical Psychologist for the National and Specialist CAMHS Adolescent At-risk and Forensic Service, which assesses and treats young people who are engaged in, or present significant risk of, serious violence, fire-setting and/or sexually inappropriate behavior and/or who are at risk of harm or exploitation from others. A high proportion of children seen by the service have autism, ADHD and/or learning disability and many are care experienced.

Dr Meisel is a practitioner psychologist with the Health Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Health Psychology.  Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Meisel worked as a Research Associate at University College London (UCL) on several projects investigating the integration of genetic testing into clinical services; focusing on the patient experience and the psychological impact of testing on patients and their families.

Dr Meisel has delivered workshops on psychologically informed care in medical practice to healthcare professionals and presented her work at national and international conferences.

She is involved in teaching for the Institute of Psychiatry’s doctorate in clinical psychology (DClinPsy) course


Education and Training

  • BAppSc (Psychology) (Deakin University, Melbourne) 2007
  • MSc Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London) 2010
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (University College London) 2013
  • Doctorate in clinical psychology (DClinPsy) (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London) 2019
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Contextual Consulting)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (British Isles DBT)
  • AIM 2 and 3 Assessment and Intervention for young people with harmful sexual behavior (AIM Project)
  • Motivational Interviewing (British Psychological Society)


Newby K, Varnes L, Yorke E, Meisel SF, Fisher A (2019). Illness Risk Representation beliefs underlying adolescents’ cardiovascular disease risk appraisals and the preventative role of physical activity. British Journal of Health Psychology, e12400

Meisel SF, Garety PA, Stahl D, Valmaggia LR (2018).  Interpersonal processes in paranoia: a systematic review. Psychological Medicine 48 (14), 2299-2312

Meisel SF, Drury H, Perera-Delcourt RP (2018). Therapists’ attitudes to offering eCBT in an inner-city IAPT service: a survey study. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 11

Meisel SF, Freeman M, Waller J, Fraser L, Gessler S, Jacobs I, Kalsi J et al. (2017) Impact of a decision aid about stratified ovarian cancer risk-management on women’s knowledge and intentions: A randomised online experimental survey study. BMC Public Health 17 (1), 882

Marlow LAV, Meisel SF, Wardle J (2017). Ethnic minority women prefer strong recommendations to be screened for cancer. BMC Public Health 17 (1), 164

Newby KV, Cook C, Meisel SF, Webb TL, Fisher B, Fisher A. (2017). Young people's beliefs about the risk of bowel cancer and its link with physical activity. British journal of health psychology 22 (3), 449-462

Fisher A, Meisel SF, Webb T, Fisher B, Cooke C, Newby K (2016). Innerselfie: can we use Immersive Virtual Reality to change cancer risk perceptions and promote physical activity in young people? Public Health. Conference Abstract: 2nd Behaviour Change Conference: Digital Health and Wellbeing. doi: 10.3389/conf. FPUBH

Meisel SF, Carere DA, Wardle J, Kalia SS, Moreno TA, Mountain JL, Roberts JS Green RC. (2015). Explaining, not just predicting, drives interest in personal genomics. Genome Medicine, 7(1).    

Meisel SF, Beeken, RJ, Jaarsveld CHM, & Wardle J. (2015). Genetic susceptibility testing and readiness to control weight: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 23 (2), 305-312.

Rahman B, Meisel SF, Fraser L, Side L, Gessler S, Wardle J & Lanceley A. (2014). Population-based genetic risk prediction and stratification for ovarian cancer: views from women at high risk. Familial cancer, 1-10.

Meisel SF &Wardle, J. (2013) ‘Battling my biology’:  Psychological effects of genetic testing for risk of weight gain Genet Couns, 23 (2),

Meisel SF, Side L, Fraser L, Gessler S, Wardle J, Lanceley A. (2013) Population-Based, Risk-Stratified Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer Risk: A Focus Group Study. Public Health Genomics, 16(4):184-91.

Meisel SF, Walker C, & Wardle J. (2012). Psychological responses to genetic testing for weight gain: a vignette study. Obesity, 20(3), 540-546.

Koskina A, Van den Eynde F, Meisel S, Campbell IC, Schmidt U (2011) Social appearance anxiety and bulimia nervosa. Eat Weight Disord. 2011 Jun;16(2):e142-5.

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