School of Life & Health Sciences
Birmingham B4 7ET
Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4307
Follow me on Twitter: @waite_aston
I joined Aston University as a lecturer in 2017, having spent the previous four years working at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders as a research fellow and clinical psychologist.
My research focuses on understanding the development of mental health difficulties, and improving the identification of these difficulties, in people with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions. My research team are developing clinical assessment tools and interventions for minimally verbal individuals with intellectual disability and minimally verbal autistic children and adults.
I am passionate about dissemination of research findings to families and clinicians, and I am lead for an online resource that facilitates this process for people with rare genetic syndromes (www.findresources.co.uk).
2017 – date: Lecturer in Psychology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University. 2013 – 2017: Editorial Assistant, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2013 – date: Honorary Research Fellow, Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham 2013 – 2017: Research Fellow, Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. 2010 – 2013: Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Clinical Psychology of Intellectual Disability
My research focuses on the following areas:
Georgina Edwards, Aston University. Georgina is investigating factors associated with the development of mental health difficulties in autistic people who have severe to profound intellectual disability.
Co-supervision of projects conducted by:
Andrea Thomas, University of Birmingham. Andrea is investigating the behavioural phenotype of CHARGE syndrome.
PhDs supervised to completion:
Rachel Royston, Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Birmingham. Rachel investigated the factors that lead to anxiety in people with Williams syndrome.
HPCP Registered (PYL30539)
British Academy of Childhood Disability
Committee Member - Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes
Editorial Board – Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (JIDR)
Cressey, H., Oliver, C., Crawford, H. & Waite, J. (2019). The phenomenology of temper outbursts in Lowe syndrome: Comparisons with Prader-Willi syndrome. The Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, in press.
Royston, R. Waite, J., & Howlin, P. (2019). Williams syndrome: recent advances in our understanding of cognitive, social and psychological functioning. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, in press.
Waite J. & Hennekam. R. (2018). The Behavioural Phenotype of Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. Sage Handbook of Developmental Disorders.
Vereenooghe, L., Flynn, S., Hastings, R. P., Adams, D., Chauhan, U., Cooper, S. A., ... & Waite, J. (2018). Interventions for mental health problems in children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. BMJ open, 8(6), e021911.
Waite, J., Moss, J., Beck, S., Arron, K., Burbidge, C., Berg, K., & Oliver, C. (2015). Repetitive behavior in Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome: Parallels with autism spectrum phenomenology. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 1238-1253.
Waite, J., Heald, M., Wilde, L., Woodcock, K., Welham, A., Adams, D. and Oliver, C. (2014). The importance of understanding the behavioural phenotypes of genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability. Paediatrics and Child Health. 10, 468-472.
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