Dr Claire IsaacBA(Hons), PhD, D.Clin.Psy, QiCN

  • Areas Covered:
  • Barnstaple
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury Assessment (Psychological)
  • Neuropsychology

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Typical areas of involvement

  • Personal Injury (Adults and Children)
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Road Accident
  • Effects of Automatism in Traffic Situations
  • Work Accident
  • Housing Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Employment Cases
  • Neuropsychology

Employment History

2016 - Current

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist (1.0wtr)

The Oxford  Psychological Medicine Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • 2007 – 2016

    Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist (1.0 wte).

    Clinical Neuropsychology Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    2011 – 2016

    Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

    Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.

    2001 – 2011

    Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (0.6wte), Clinical Psychology
    Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield

    2007 – 2011

    Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist (0.4wte). Clinical Neuropsychology Services, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

    2005 – 2007

    Senior Clinical Psychologist (0.4wte) Clinical Neuropsychology Services, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

    2002 – 2005

    Clinical Psychologist (0.4wte), Clinical Neuropsychology Services, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

    1999 – 2002

    Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology Course. Universities of Coventry and Warwick

    1994 – 1999

    Post- Doctoral Research Associate on MRC funded Programme Grant. Identifying lesion location and functional deficit in people with amnesia. Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Sheffield.


Mayes, A. R., Hunkin, N. M., Isaac, C., & Muhlert, N. (2018)

Are there distinct forms of accelerated forgetting and, if so, why?. Cortex. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2018.04.005

The Relational Impact of Multiple Sclerosis: An Integrative Review of the Literature Using a Cognitive Analytic Framework. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 1-25. doi:10.1007/s10880-017-9506-y

Blundell Jones, J., Walsh, S., & Isaac, C. (2017)

  • Clinical Experience with Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation in Conditions with Nigro-Striatal Disconnection. World Neurosurgery, 89, 9-18. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2015.11.054)

    Rowe, J., Khan, A., Romanowski, C., Isaac, C., Khan, S., Mair, R., Azziz, T., & Yianni, J. (2016)

    The association between involuntary memory and emotional adjustment after childbirth. British Journal of Health Psychology. 20(4), 889-903

    Briddon, E., Isaac, C.L. & Slade, P (2015)

    ‘‘Putting One Foot in Front of the Other’’: A Qualitative Study of Emotional Experiences and Help-Seeking in Women with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. DOI 10.1007/s10880-014-9408-1

    Blundell Jones, J., Walsh, S. & Isaac, C. (2014)

    Measuring forgetting: a critical review of accelerated long term forgetting studies. Cortex, 54, 16-32.

    Elliott, G., Isaac, C.L. & Muhlert, N. (2014)

    Jazz, Guitar and Neurosurgery: the Pat Martino case report. World Neurosurgery, 81, 651.e1-651.e7.

    Galarza, M., Isaac, C, Pellicer Porcar, O., Mayes, A., Broks,P., Montaldi, D., Denby,C. & Simeone, F. (2014)

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the treatment of depression in multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 14:5 doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-5

    Hind, D., Cotter, J., Thake, A., Bradburn, M., Cooper, C., Isaac, C. & House, A. (2014)

    Can temporal lobe epilepsy surgery ameliorate long term accelerated forgetting? Neuropsychologia, 53, 64-74.

    Evans, S.J., Elliott, G., Reynders, H. & Isaac, C.L. (2014)

    Towards living well with young onset dementia: an exploration of coping from the perspective of those diagnosed. Dementia (In press)

    Clemerson, G., Isaac, C.L. & Walsh, S.

    Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of depression in people with multiple sclerosis: external pilot trial, Trials, 12, 259-273

    Cooper, C.L., Hind, D., Parry, G.D., Isaac, C.L., Dimairo, M., O’Cathain, A., Rose, A., Freeman, J.V., Martin, L., Kaltenthaler, E.C., Thake, A. & Sharrack, B. (2011)

    Accelerated long-term forgetting in temporal lobe but not idiopathic generalised epilepsy. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2417-2426.

    Muhlert, N., Grünewald, R.A., Hunkin, N.M., Reuber, M., Howell, S., Reynders, H. & Isaac, C.L. (2011)

    Depression in Multiple Sclerosis: Reactive or Endogenous? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25, 624-639

    Holden, K. & Isaac C.L. (2011)

    Adversarial growth in patients with multiple sclerosis and their partners: Relationships with illness perceptions, disability & distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. (in press, DOI: 10.1007/s10880-011-9265-0

    Ackroyd, K., Fortune, D.G., Price, S., Howell, S., Sharrack, B. & Isaac, C.L. (2011)

    How do memory processes relate to the development of posttraumatic stress symptoms following childbirth? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 1001-1007.

    Briddon, E., Slade, P., Isaac, C. & Wrench, I. (2011)

    A comparison of the development of audiovisual integration in children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 11, 1403-1411.

    Taylor, N., Isaac, C. & Milne, E. (2010)

    Diminished Neural and Cognitive Responses to Facial Expressions of Disgust in Patients with Psoriasis: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Journal of investigative Dermatology, 129, 2613-2619.

    Kleyn, C.E., McKie, S., Ross, A.R., Montaldi, D., Gregory, L.J., Elliott, R., Isaac, C.L., Anderson, I.M., Richards, H.L., Deakin, J.F.W., Fortune, D.G. & Griffiths, C.E.M. (2009)

    Memory Complaints in Epilepsy: an Accurate Reflection of Memory Impairment or an Indicator of Poor Adjustment? A Review of the Literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 354-367

    Hall, K., Isaac, C. & Harris, P. (2009).

    What is it like to receive a diagnosis of non-epileptic seizures? Epilepsy and Behaviour, 14, 508-515.

    Thompson, R., Isaac, C., Rowse, G., Tooth, C. & Reuber, M. (2009)

    The acceptability of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy software for the treatment of depression in people with chronic physical disease: a qualitative study of people with multiple sclerosis. Psychology and Health, 1476-8321.

    Hind, D. O’Cathain, A., Cooper, C., Parry, G., Isaac, C., Rose, A., Martin, L. & Sharrack, B. (2009)

    Forgetting of emotional and non-emotional words in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, Suppl.2, 94.

    Isaac, C., Cushway, D. & Jones, G. (2008)

    ). Pallidal Stimulation for pantothenate kinase associated neurodegeneration dystonia. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93, 239-240.

    Isaac, C., Wright, I., Bhattacharyya, D., Baxter, P. & Rowe, J. (2008)

    Using illness representations to understand the nature of memory complaints in epilepsy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, Suppl.2, 71.

    Hall, K.E., Isaac, C.L., Harris, P. & Rowe, R. (2008)

    A comparison of cognitive and emotional intelligences in people with and without temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia, 49, 1470-1474.

    Walpole, P., Isaac, C.L. & Reynders, H.J. (2008)

    Is posttraumatic stress disorder associated with specific deficits in episodic memory. Clinical Psychology Review. 26, 939-955

    Isaac, C.L., Cushway, D. & Jones, G. (2006)

    Prose recall and amnesia: More implications for the episodic buffer. Neuropsychologia, 43, 583-587.

    Gooding, P.A., Isaac, C.L. & Mayes, A.R. (2005)

    Associative Recognition in a Patient With Selective Hippocampal Lesions and Relatively Normal Item Recognition. Hippocampus, 14, 763-784.

    Mayes, A.R., Holdstock, J.S., Isaac, C.L., Montaldi, D., Grigor, J., Gummer, A., Cariga, P., Downes, J.J., Tsivilis, D., Gaffan, D., Qiyong Gong & Norman, K.A. (2004)

    Visual paired comparison performance is impaired in a patient with selective hippocampal lesions and relatively intact item recognition. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1293-1300.

    Pascalis, O., Hunkin, N.M., Holdstock, J.S., Isaac, C.L. & Mayes, A.R. (2004)

    Long-term amnesia: A review and detailed illustrative case study. Cortex. 39, 567-603.

    Mayes,A.R., Isaac,C.L., Holdstock, J.S., Cariga,P., Gummer, A, & Roberts,N (2003)

    Differential involvement of the hippocampus and temporal lobe cortices in rapid and slow learning of new semantic information. Neuropsychologia, 40, 748-768.

    Holdstock, J.S., Mayes, A.R., Isaac, C.L., Gong, Q. & Roberts, N. (2002)

    Relative sparing of item recognition memory in a patient with adult-onset damage limited to the hippocampus. Hippocampus, 12, 325-340.

    Mayes, A.R., Holdstock, J.S., Isaac, C.L., Hunkin, N.M. & Roberts, N. (2002)

    Under what conditions is recognition spared relative to recall after selective hippocampal damage in humans? Hippocampus, 12, 341-351.

    Holdstock, J.S., Mayes, A.R., Roberts, N., Cezayirli, E., Isaac, C.L., O'Reilly, R.C. & Norman, K.A. (2002)

    Memory for single items, word pairs, and temporal order of different kinds in a patient with selective hippocampal lesions. Cognitive-Neuropsychology, 18, 97-123.

    Mayes, A.R., Isaac, C.L., Holdstock, J.S., Hunkin, N.M., Montaldi, D.,Downes, J.J., MacDonald, C., Cezayirli, E., Roberts, J.N. (2001)

    Amnesic syndrome and severe ataxia following the recreational use of 3,4-methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA,'ecstasy') and other substances. Neurocase, 7, 423-432.

    Kopelman, M.D., Reed, L.J., Marsden, P., Mayes, A.R., Jaldow, E., Laing, H. & Isaac, C. (2001)

    Factor analysis of three standardized tests of memory in a clinical population. British-Journal-of-Clinical-Psychology, 39, 169-180.

    Hunkin, N.M., Stone, J.V., Isaac, C.L., Holdstock, J.S., Butterfield, R., Wallis, L.I., & Mayes, A.R. (2000)

    A comparison of egocentric and allocentric spatial memory in a patient with selective hippocampal damage. Neuropsychologia, 38, 410-425.

    Holdstock, J.S., Mayes, A.R., Cezayirli, E., Isaac, C.L., Aggleton, J.P., Roberts, N. (2000)

    Rate of forgetting in amnesia: I. Recall and recognition of prose. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 25, 942-962.

    Isaac,C.L. & Mayes, A.R. (1999)

    Rate of forgetting in amnesia: II. Recall and recognition of word lists at different levels of organization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 25, 963-977.

    Isaac,C.L. & Mayes, A.R. (1999

    What are the functional deficits produced by hippocampal and perirhinal cortex lesions? Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 22, 460-461.

    Mayes, A.R., van Eijk, R., Gooding, P.A., Isaac, C.L. & Holdstock, J.S. (1999)

    Amnesia in a patient with lesions limited to the dorsomedial thalamic nucleus. Neurocase, 4, 497-508.

    Isaac, C.L., Holdstock, J.S., Cezayirli, E., Roberts, J.N., Holmes, C.J., & Mayes, A.R. (1998)

    Face processing impairments after encephalitis: Amygdala damage and recognition of fear. Neuropsychologia, 36, 59-70.

    Broks, P., Young, A.W., Maratos,E.J., Coffey,P.J., Calder,A.J., Isaac, C.L., Mayes, A.R, Hodges, J.R., Montaldi,D., Cezayirli, E, Roberts, N. & Hadley, D. (1998)

    Assessment of familiarity and recollection in the false fame paradigm using a modified process dissociation procedure. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1, 469-482.

    Mayes, A.R., Van-Eijk, R. & Isaac, C.L. (1995)

Recent Training Courses

  • Completed Expert Witness Training Seminars (The Role and Duty of the Expert Witness; Skills in Report Writing; Skills in preparing Joint Statements; Cross-examination and Courtroom Skills)

Professional Qualifications


BA(Hons.) 2:1, University of Wales: Swansea


PhD. University of Manchester

  • 2002

    D.Clin.Psy. Universities of Coventry and Warwick


    QiCN (Distinction) Independent route


  • Chartered Psychologist Status
  • HCPC Practitioner Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society
  • Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists

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