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Dr Elif Gökçen

Job title Clinical Psychologist


Dr Elif Gökçen is a Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital. She has worked in the service since 2020, providing specialist assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with OCD and BDD across the country. Elif is a peer-reviewed author and has a strong interest in developing and delivering effective psychological interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as carrying projects aimed at improving outcomes for young people and their families accessing mental health services more generally.


Area of Expertise, Specialism or Research Interests

OCD, BDD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety disorders


Education and Training

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London (2005-2008)
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL (2009-2010)
  • PhD Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, UCL (2011-2015)
  • DClinPsy, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Doctorate, IoPPN (2016-2019)



Gökçen, E., Frederickson, N., & Petrides, K. V. (2016). Theory of mind and executive control deficits in typically developing adults and adolescents with high levels of autism traits. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 46, 2072-2087.

Gökçen, E., Petrides, K. V., Hudry, K., Frederickson, N., & Smillie, L. D. (2014). Sub-threshold autism traits: the role of trait emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility. British journal of psychology, 105(, 187–199).

Smillie, L. D., & Gökçen, E. (2010). Caffeine enhances working memory for extraverts. Biological Psychology, 85, 496–498.


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