Elliot grew up in the UK and has previously worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London and at the University of Hertfordshire. Elliot completed his PhD at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Martin Bruene. His doctoral work focused on deficits in social cognition and metacognition in schizophrenia, and was also interested in the role of oxytocin as a potential therapeutic tool for treating social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. A large part of his doctoral work emphasised the role of social learning and action observation in the underlying pathology of schizophrenia.
Elliot is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. In this position, he is working in the group of Dr James A Waltz and Dr James M Gold, investigating reinforcement learning and decision-making, and the relationship with negative symptoms in schizophrenia, using EEG and fMRI.