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Dr Eleni Paliokosta

Job title Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Area of expertise

Autism, ADHD, LD and related neurodevelopmental problems.


Dr Eleni Paliokosta is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the specialist service for children with autism and complex neurodevelopmental disorders at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked as a consultant in specialist services for more than 15 years and has extensive expertise in the assessment and management of children and young people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and co-morbid mental health or behavioural difficulties.

Dr. Paliokosta has an active interest and ongoing research and training involvement in the field of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and has researched the effects of pharmacological interventions for ADHD in children with intellectual disability and the effectiveness of early parental interventions for preschoolers with intellectual disability. She is an ADOS-2 trainer.

Education and Training 

  • MD, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece 1998
  • Completion of Training in Child-Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Athens, Greece, 2006
  • PhD, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 2006


1. Young S, Adamo N, Ásgeirsdóttir BB, Branney P, Beckett M, Colley W, Cubbin S, Deeley Q, Farrag E, Gudjonsson G, Hill P, Hollingdale J, Kilic O, Lloyd T, Mason P, Paliokosta E, Perecherla S, Sedgwick J, Skirrow C, Tierney K, van Rensburg K, Woodhouse E. Females with ADHD: An expert consensus statement taking a lifespan approach providing guidance for the identification and treatment of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder in girls and women. BMC Psychiatry. 2020 Aug 12;20(1):404.

2. Farris O, Royston R, Absoud M, Ambler G, Barnes J, Hunter R, Kyriakopoulos M, Oulton K, Paliokosta E, Panca M, Paulauskaite L, Poppe M, Ricciardi F,

Sharma A, Slonims V, Summerson U, Sutcliffe A, Thomas M, Hassiotis A. Clinical and cost effectiveness of a parent mediated intervention to reduce challenging behaviour in pre-schoolers with moderate to severe intellectual disability (EPICC-ID) study protocol: a multi-centre, parallel-group randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2020 Jan 30;20(1):35.

3. Spain D, Sin J, Paliokosta E, Furuta M, Prunty JE, Chalder T, Murphy DG, Happé FG. Family therapy for autism spectrum disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 May 16;5(5):CD011894.

4. Katz F, Leith E, Paliokosta E. Fifteen-minute consultation for a child not attending school: a structured approach to school refusal. Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2016 Feb;101(1):21-5.

5. Maltezos S, Horder J, Coghlan S, Skirrow C, O'Gorman R, Lavender TJ ,Mendez MA, Mehta MA, Daly E, Xenitidis K, Paliokosta E, Spain D, Pitts M, Asherson P, Lythgoe D, Barker GJ, Murphy DG. Glutamate metabolism and neuronal integrity in Adults with ADHD: A Proton MRS Study. Transl Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 18

6. Xenitidis K, Paliokosta E, Maltezos S, Rose E, Bramham J. The clinical presentation and symptom trajectory of ADHD in adults with Learning Disability: experience from a National Specialist Adult ADHD clinic. JIDR, 2010, 54(7).

7. Paliokosta E, Diareme S, Kolaitis G, Tsalamanios E, Ferentinos S, Anasontzi S, Lympinaki E, Tsiantis A, Romer G, Karageorgiou C, Tsiantis J. Breaking Bad News: Communication Around Parental Multiple Sclerosis With Children. Families, Systems & Health, spring issue 2009.

8. Rose E, Bramham J, Young S, Paliokosta E, Xenitidis K. Neuropsychological characteristics of adults with comorbid ADHD and borderline/mild intellectual disability. Res Dev Disabil. 2008 Sep 5.

9. Papanikolaou K, Paliokosta E, Houliaras G, Vgenopoulou S, Pehlivanidis A, Giouroukou E, Tomaras V, Tsiantis I. Using the Autism Diagnostic Interview –Revised and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Greek sample with a wide range of intellectual abilities. J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 Aug 28.

10. Kolaitis G, Gyftodimou G, Sarri K, Papanikolaou K, Paliokosta E, Kokotas H, Tsiantis J, Petersen MB. De novo inverted interstitial duplication 8q22.1-q21.1 in a boy with moderate mental retardation, mild autistic and dysmorphic features. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 3 Iss: 2, pp.48 - 52

11. Thomson AB, Maltezos S, Paliokosta E, Xenitidis K. Amfetamine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in People with Learning Disabilities. Cochrane

Database of Systematic Reviews (Published Protocol Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, January 2008, vol 1).

12. Thomson AB, Maltezos S, Paliokosta E, Xenitidis K. Risperidone for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in People with Learning Disabilities. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Published Protocol Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, January 2008, vol 1).

13. Xenitidis K, Paliokosta E, Maltezos S, Pappas V. Assessment of mental health problems in people with autism. Advances in Mental Health ann Learning Disabilities, 2007, vol 1(4), 15-22.

14. Xenitidis K, Paliokosta E, Maltezos S. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults: primary care considerations. September 2007, Pulse.

15. Paliokosta E, Papanikolaou K, Vgenopoulou S, Chouliaras G, Mpouranta M, Giannopoulou S, Tsiantis I. Assesment of pervasive developmental disorders: evaluation of structured instruments ADOS-G and ADI-R in a sample of greek children. Encephalos. 2007 May, 44: 124-131 (in greek).

16. Diareme S, Tsiantis J, Romer G, Tsalamanios E, Anasontzi S, Paliokosta E & Kolaitis G. Mental Health Support for Children of Somatically Ill Parents: A Review of the Theory and Intervention Concepts. Families, Systems & Health 2007, Vol 25(1) 98-118.

17. Diareme S, Tsiantis I, Kolaitis G, Ferentinos S, Tsalamanios M, Paliokosta E, Anasontzi, S, Lynpinaki E, Anagnostopoulos DC, Voumvourakis D, Romer G. Emotional and behavioural difficulties in children of parents with multiple sclerosis : A controlled study in Greece. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2006 Sep;15(6):309-18

18. Papanikolaou K, Paliokosta E, Gyftodimou J, Kolaitis G, Vgenopoulou S, Sarri K, Tsiantis J. A case of partial trisomy of chromosome 8p associated with autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 2006 Jul;36(5):705-9

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