Specialist Deaf Psychological Services
Dr. Cornes has worked with the deaf community for 25 years and has an international profile in mental health and deafness. Dr. Cornes has lectured locally, nationally and internationally in the area of mental health and disorders relating to deaf children and adults and has delivered a number of Keynotes and Master Classes. Masterclass flyer – Dr Andy Cornes
Dr. Cornes is an Expert (Health) for the World Federation of the Deaf. Dr. Cornes has considerable experience of working as an independent and single joint expert in Court proceedings, advising the Court on a range of matters including: psychological assessment, family assessment, capacity to parent, parental and inter-sibling attachment, placement and access and advice on psychological needs and treatment options.
Sue O’Rourke – Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice
“I have known of Andy’s work, both clinical and academic for many years and worked jointly on cases involving medico-legal reports. He is renowned in Mental Health and Deafness; an international expert in working with Deaf families. The quality of his work is excellent and always focused on the needs of the client. I often suggest him for assessments involving Deaf children in family proceedings. He is efficient, thoughtful and thorough in his approach and I would not hesitate in recommending him.”
Dr. Cornes lectures on the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness, Institute of Applied Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K. I am a Visiting Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia within my specialism as an international expert in deafness. Dr. Cornes holds a number of higher degrees associated with deafness and is fluent in British Sign Language (BSL) and Australian Sign Language (Auslan).
Dr. Cornes offers the following services:
- Acts as an independent expert witness in Family Courts offering highly specialized psychological assessment of deaf/hearing-impaired children, adolescents and their parents/families;
- Capacity to parent assessments of parents whom are deaf/hearing-impaired/hearing;
- Expert opinion on a range of matters including: psychological assessment, family assessment, Deaf cultural issues, capacity to parent, parental and inter-sibling attachment, placement and access, risk assessment and advice on psychological needs and treatment options;
- Assessment and treatment of a range of psychological difficulties;
- Consultation, assessment, advice and treatment of primary and secondary school children who are Deaf/hearing-impaired and present with emotional, behavioural and psychological problems.
- Private therapeutic services for Deaf/hearing-impaired children, adolescents with emotional, behavioural and psychological problems – individual, group and family work.
- Bespoke psychological input, e.g. commissioned by PCTs to support the transitional process/pathway of deaf/hearing-impaired young people with complex mental health problems from CAMHS to adult psychological services.
- Consultancy and advice to SEN and Social Services Departments on working effectively and ethically with deaf/hearing-impaired children, adolescents and their parents/families;
- Consultancy and advice to Education Departments and schools on how to manage deaf/hearing-impaired children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems;
- Reviewing child protection and mental health cases and offering specialist advice on protocol and procedures;
- Family therapy with separated families to help resolve conflict, improve communication and promote positive relationships and attachments;
- Clinical supervision of a range of professionals including psychologists, family therapists, social workers and teachers working with deaf/hearing-impaired children, adolescents and families.
- Training in the area of deaf/hearing-impaired child and adolescent mental health with a key focus on promoting emotional wellbeing in family and educational contexts;
- Training on behaviour management of deaf/hearing-impaired children and adolescents with emotional and psychological problems;
- Conflict resolution between deaf and hearing staff in specialist deaf services.
Kevin Baker – Clinical Psychologist at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
“Dr Cornes is an insightful and careful thinker. His experience and understanding about the effects of Deafness on a child and on adults are carefully considered and scientific – balancing opinion with fact and research. I would not hesitate to recommend his work as an Expert Witness in Court proceedings or as a Consultant.”
Dr. Cornes has co-authored three articles to be published in the Law Society Gazette. ‘Working with deafness: access and ethics.’ Article online: