Dr Joanne Tarver

Research Associate, Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Room: SW419

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4386

Email: j.tarver@aston.ac.uk

 Dr Joanne Tarver

I joined Aston University as a Research Associate in June 2018 having spent the previous three years at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. I also worked as a frontline advisor for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) at the University of Birmingham.

I now work as part of Dr Jane Waite’s lab on research aimed at developing appropriate assessments and treatments for mental health problems for individuals with autism and intellectual disability.  

BSc with First Class Honours in Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2009

PhD in Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2015 

  • 2018-date: Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Aston University 
  • 2017-2018: Research Fellow and Frontline Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
  • 2014-2017: Post-doctoral Research Worker, Department of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London 

Development of assessment tools for mental health problems in individuals with autism and intellectual disability

Development and testing of parent support programmes for individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions

Developing a parent-led anxiety intervention for minimally verbal autistic children. Autistica Future Leaders Award. £98,000.  (Co-I). November, 2018.

Tarver, J., Palmer., M, Webb., S, Slonims., V,  Scott, S., Simonoff., E. & Charman, T. (in press). Child and Parent Outcomes following Parent Interventions for Child Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): A Systematic Review and Meta Analysis. Autism. doi. 10.1177/1362361319830042 (epub ahead of print)

Santosh, P., Tarver, J., Gibbons F., Vitoratou, S. & Simonoff., E (2016). Protocol for the development and validation of a questionnaire to assess concerning behaviour and mental health in Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Assessment of Concerning Behaviour Scale. BMJ Open, 6:e010693. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010693 

Tarver, J., Daley, D & Sayal, K (2014). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): An updated review of the essential facts. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40, 762-774, (IF 1.69).

Tarver, J., Daley, D. & Sayal, K. (2015). Beyond symptom control for ADHD: What can parents do to improve outcomes? Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, 1-14(IF 1.69). 

Tarver, J., Daley, D., Lockwood. J & Sayal., K (2014). Are self-directed interventions sufficient for externalising behaviour in childhood? A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 23, 1123-1137 (IF 3.34).