Dr Imogen Newsom-Davis

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Imogen Newsom-Davis is a clinical psychologist and paediatric neuropsychologist with more than 20 years’ specialist experience in multidisciplinary services for children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences and their families. She provides assessment of intellectual and learning profiles, attention, social communication and executive function, including diagnostic assessment for autism and ADHD. She has a particular interest in understanding and accessing optimal support for children and young people with unusual or complex neurodevelopmental profiles. Dr Newsom-Davis was appointed Consultant Clinical Psychologist at GOSH in 2016, leading the Neurodevelopmental Psychology group from 2016-2020.




  • Cognitive assessment: intellectual abilities and specific learning disorders
  • Neuropsychological assessment: memory, attention, executive function
  • Assessment of social communication and complex neurodevelopmental profiles
  • Diagnostic assessment for autism and ADHD [joint clinic with Dr Susan Walker]
  • Consultation to families, schools and other agencies to guide educational and therapeutic support
  • Rare inherited metabolic disorders and childhood epilepsy.
  • Neurodevelopmental difficulties including those on the spectrum of attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) and/or on the social communication or autism spectrum.
  • Assessing and providing support for children and young people with a combination of complex or atypical neurodevelopmental, behavioural or cognitive difficulties.
  • Cognition and brain behaviour relationships; the effects of subtle or specific cognitive impairments on academic performance and other aspects of daily functioning.
  • B.A. (Experimental Psychology); University of Oxford, 1993
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; King’s College London, 1997
  • MRC Clinical Training Fellowship award, 1998
  • PhD in Neuropsychology; King’s College London, 2004
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Paediatric Neuropsychology (Distinction), UCL, 2016
  • Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (Paediatric) 2021
  • HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) registered PYL18511
  • Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology
  • Member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK)
  • Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN)

Dr Newsom-Davis is actively involved in the design and implementation of multidisciplinary clinical research exploring cognitive and developmental outcomes for children with rare disorders including Sturge Weber Syndrome, Phenylketonuria, Galactosaemia and Pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy.

She has had a long involvement with the clinical trials psychology team at GOSH, providing outcome measures for multi-centre clinical trials of novel enzyme replacement therapies in metabolic disorders.

News & Publications

Escolar M, Bradshaw J, Tharp Byers V, Giugliani R, Golightly L, Marques Lorenco C, McDonald K, Muschol N, Newsom-Davis I, O’Neill C, Peay HL, Siedman J, Solano ML, Wirt T, Wood T, Zwaigenbaum L Development of a clinical algorithm for the early diagnosis of mucopolysaccharidosis III. Journal of Inborn Errors of Metabolism & Screening. 2020 Feb; 8: 1-9

Sartorious S, Newsom-Davis I, Grunewald S, Dale N Difficulties in basic numerical operations in children with classical galactosaemia: a particular role for working memory and visuospatial skills [Poster BIMDG, Nottingham, June 2018]

Adams H, Augustine E, Baron IS, Bjoraker K, Cohen-Pfeffer J, Delaney K, Elmerskog B, Newsom-Davis I, Nickel M, Rust S, Shapiro E, Tøssebro A, Schulz A Monitoring Neuropsychological Function in CLN2 Disease [Poster American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics meeting April 2018]

Gittins S, Steel D, Brunklaus A, Newsom-Davis I, Hawkins C, Aylett SE. Autism spectrum disorder, social communication difficulties, and developmental comorbidities in Sturge-Weber syndrome. Epilepsy Behav. 2018 Nov;88:1-4.

Goldstein LH, Newsom-Davis IC, Bryant V, Brammer M, Leigh PN, Simmons A. Altered patterns of cortical activation in ALS patients during attention and cognitive response inhibition tasks. J Neurol. 2011 Dec; 258(12):2186-98.


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