Dr Richard CoswayBA, MSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS

  • Areas Covered:
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Personal Injury Assessment (Psychological)
  • Medical Negligence

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Typical areas of involvement

  • Personal Injury (Adults and Children)
  • PTSD
  • Child Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety Disorders; Road Accident
  • Effects of automatism in traffic situations
  • Work Accident
  • Housing Stress
  • Psychological Aspects of Medical Negligence
  • Chronic Pain
  • Reliability of Witnesss
  • Neuropsychology
  • Head and brain injury
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Sexual Offending
  • Substance Use
  • Anger Management
  • Firesetting
  • Domestic Violence and Trauma
  • Assessment and Treatment of Adults and Children in the context of Family Proceedings and Family Law Disputes
  • Assessment and Treatment of Mental and Non-Mental Disorders specialising in trauma and dissociation
  • Forensic Issues: risk assessment, parole board reports, pre-sentencing reports, psychopathy assessments

Employment History

April 2011 – Present

Specialist Clinical Psychologist – Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

  • April 2012 – March 2014

    Local NHS Psychology Tutor for Lothian

    October 2006 – April 2012

    Specialist Clinical Psychologist – SW Edinburgh Primary Care Mental Health Team, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

    April 2007 – Dec 2008

    Specialist Clinical Psychologist – Headache Clinic, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

    Sept 2003 – Sept 2006

    Trainee Clinical Psychologist – NHS Lothian Primary and Community Division

    Sept 2001 – Sept 2003

    Assistant Psychologist (Drug & Alcohol Services) The State Hospital, Carstairs

    Sept 1998 – Sept 2001

    Research Assistant (Edinburgh High Risk Study) – Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh



Assessing Psychological Trauma: Current Issues in 2015. Scottish Legal, March

Cosway R, Koch HCH (2015)

Neuropsychological change in young people at high risk for schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 30(5), 1111-1121

The Edinburgh High Risk Study - Cosway R, Byrne M, Clafferty R, Hodges A, Grant E, Abukmeil SS, Lawrie SM, Miller P, Johnstone EC. (2000)

  • Genetic liability, illicit drug use, life stress and psychotic symptoms: preliminary findings from the Edinburgh study of people at high risk for schizophrenia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 36, 338-342

    Miller P, Lawrie SM, Hodges A, Clafferty R, Grant E, Cosway R, Johnstone EC. (2001)

    Sustained attention in young people at high risk for schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 32(2), 277-86

    Cosway R, Byrne M, Clafferty R, Hodges A, Grant E, Morris J, Abukmeil SS, Lawrie SM, Miller P, Owens DGC, Johnstone EC. (2002)

    Self-rated schizotypal cognitions, psychotic symptoms and the onset of schizophrenia in young people at high risk of schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 105(5), 341-5

    Miller PM, Lawrie SM, Byrne M, Cosway R, Johnstone EC. (2002)

    Distinguishing characteristics of subjects of good and poor outcome in the Edinburgh High Risk Study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 181 (s43), s26-29

    Johnstone EC, Cosway R, Lawrie SM. (2002)

    What do high risk studies tell us about schizophrenia? American Journal of Medical Genetics, 114, 906-12

    Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM, Cosway R. (2002)

    Neuropsychology, genetic liability and the development of psychotic symptoms in those at high risk of schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 38-48

    Byrne M, Clafferty R, Cosway R, Grant E, Hodges A, Whalley HC, Lawrie SM, Owens DGC, Johnstone EC. (2003)

    Measurement of lateral preferences and schizophrenia: results of the Edinburgh High Risk Study and methodological issues. Psychiatry Research, 125, 205-217

    Byrne M, Clafferty R, Cosway R, Grant E, Hodges A, Lawrie SM, Johnstone EC. (2004)

    The effect of sleep fragmentation on cognitive processing using computerised topographic brain mapping. Journal of Sleep Research, 9, 353-357

    Kingshott RN, Cosway R, Deary IJ, Douglas N. (2000)

    Cognitive function and information processing in type 2 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 18, 803-810

    Cosway R, Strachan MWS, Dougall A, Frier BM, Deary IJ. (2001)

    The coping inventory for stressful situations (CISS): factorial structure and associations with personality traits and psychological health. The Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, 5, 121-143

    Cosway R, Endler NS, Sadler AJ, Deary IJ. (2001)

    The development of a fireraising service for mentally disordered offenders. BPS Division of Forensic Psychology: Forensic Update, 83, 24-30

    Russell KA, Cosway R, McNicholas J. (2005)

Professional Qualifications


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh


MSc by Research, University of Edinburgh

  • 1997

    Psychology BSc Honours Degree, University of Edinburgh


  • Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
  • Associate Editor of the Clinical Psychology Forum published by the Division of Clinical Psychology.
    • Member of Committee for DCP HIV and Sexual Health Faculty
    • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

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