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Susannah Whitwell

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Whitwell has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in the specialist adult ADHD and ASD services since 2011 and since 2020. She has been joint clinical director for the Croydon Adult and Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Directorate.

Before starting her consultant post at the Trust, she trained in general adult psychiatry at the Maudsley and completed medical training at King’s College London. She has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2003.  
Area of expertise
  • Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Global mental health
  • Health professional education

Education and training
  • MBBS University of London (King’s College London) 1999
  • MSc in Medical Education Cardiff University 2012

Lukito SD, O'Daly OG, Lythgoe DJ, Whitwell S, Debnam A, Murphy CM, Ashwood K, Stoencheva V, Simonoff E and Rubia K (2018) Neural Correlates of Duration Discrimination in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Their Comorbid Presentation. Front. Psychiatry 9:569. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00569.

Immune signatures and disorder-specific patterns in a cross-disorder gene expression analysis Simone de Jong, Stephen J. Newhouse, Hamel Patel, Sanghyuck Lee,David Dempster, Charles Curtis, Jose Paya-Cano, Declan Murphy, C. Ellie Wilson, Jamie Horder, M. Andreina Mendez, Philip Asherson,Margarita Rivera, Helen Costello, Stefanos Maltezos, Susannah Whitwell, Mark Pitts, Charlotte Tye, Karen L. Ashwood, Patrick Bolton, Sarah Curran, Peter McGuffin, Richard Dobson, Gerome Breen. The British Journal of Psychiatry Sep 2016, 209 (3) 202-208. 

Boyce, R.; Rosch, R.; Finlayson, A.; Handuleh, D.; Walhad, S. A.; Whitwell, S.; Leather, A.(2015) Use of a bibliometric literature review to assess medical research capacity in postconflict and developing countries: Somaliland 1991-2013. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 20(11): 1507-1515. 

McCarthy, J.; Chaplin, E.; Whitwell, S.: Underwood, L.; Asherson, P. and Murphy, D. (2014) A Pilot Study of Web Based Clinical Supervision for Clinicians Working with Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research. 4(23): 4030-4043. 

Gavaghan, L.; Hughes, P.; Saeed, K. and Whitwell, S. (2014) Teaching psychiatry to undergraduate medical students in Somalia. International Psychiatry, 11, 1, 15-17. 

A.M. Ali, J. Handuleh, P. Patel, S. Whitwell, K. Harris, F.R. Ali, R.J. Southgate, B. Godman, N. Al-Hadithy, L.L. Gustafsson and A.E.T. Finlayson (2014) The most fragile state: healthcare in Somalia, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 30:1, 28-36. 

Keynejad R, Garret E, Adem G, Finlayson AET, Whitwell S, Syed Sheriff R (2014) Improved Attitudes to Psychiatry: A Global Mental Health Peer-to-Peer E-Learning Partnership. Academic Psychiatry.

Syed Sheriff RJ, Bass N, Hughes P, Ade-Odunlade P, Ismail A, Whitwell S and Jenkins R (2013) Use of interactive teaching techniques to introduce mental health training to medical schools in a resource poor setting. African journal of psychiatry. 16(4):256-263. 

Handuleh J, Whitwell S, Fekadu D (2013) Report: School mental health project in Somalia. Arab Journal of Psychiatry. 24(1):46-51.

Simonoff, E., Taylor, E., Baird, G., Bernard, S., Chadwick, O., Liang, H., Whitwell, S., De St Croix, K., Sharma, K., Pandey Sharma, S., Wood, N., Kelly, J., Golaszewski, A., Kennedy, J., Rodney, L., Salter, N., Walwyn, R. and Jicchi, F. (2013) Randomized Controlled Double-blind Trial of Optimal Dose Methylphenidate in Children and Adolescents with Severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. 54, 5, 527-535. 

Bowen, J.S.T., Southgate, R. J, Ali, A. M, Little, S. J., Liakos, M.J., Greaves, F., Strachan, J. M., Baraco, A. F. H., Adem8, G., Abdillahi, M., Handuleh, J., Reed, K., Walker, F., Zeron, J., Strachan, M., Bowen, S., Hellyer, T., Hersheson, J., Whitwell, S., Fyfe, M., Phillips, J. C., Trim, C., Johnson, O., Leather, A.J.M., Finlayson, A. E. T. and Al-Hadithy, N. (2012) Can UK healthcare workers remotely support medical education in the developing world?: Focus group evaluation. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Short Reports, 11, 171, 1-6. 

Keynejad R, Ali FR, Finlayson AET, Handuleh J, Adam G, Bowen JST, Leather A, Little SJ, Whitwell S. (2012). Telemedicine for Peer-to-Peer Psychiatry Learning Between UK and Somaliland Medical Students. Academic Psychiatry.37(3):182-186.

Syed Sheriff R, Whitwell S (2012) An innovative approach to integrating mental health into health systems strengthening activities in Somaliland. Intervention. 10(1)59-65. 

Syed Sheriff, R. J.; Reggi, M.; Mohamed, A.; Haibe, F.; Whitwell, S. and Jenkins, R. (2011) Mental health in Somalia. International Psychiatry. 8 (4) 89-91. 

Whitwell, S.; Bramham, J. and Moriarty, J. (2005). Simple schizophrenia or disorganisation syndrome? A case report and review of the literature. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 11, 398-403.

Book Chapters: Smith, S. and Whitwell, S. (2012) Gender and Sexuality in Psychiatry. In: Wright, P., Stern, J. and Phelan, M. (Eds.) Core Psychiatry. Elsevier Ltd. London. pp. 359-368.