As a psychologist and epidemiologist I have an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Dept. of Psychiatry. I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol.) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
I spent 13 years (1991 – 2004) in the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry carrying out research into genotype-phenotype associations in developmental disorder and with the University of Cambridge Autism Research Centre (ARC) investigating the population frequency of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). I now advise a number of research projects on methodology and implementation of appropriate screening and diagnostic tools, and carry out statistical analysis of research and clinical outcomes.
In addition to my research role I am qualified to administer and to train psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, health practitioners and academics in the administration of what are generally considered to be the ‘gold-standard’ diagnostic tools for the evaluation of children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders; the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). As a co-founder, in 2010, of the autism diagnostic and training consultancy BeginningwithA, I develop and deliver training courses for medical personnel, health practitioners and academic research teams in the UK, Middle East, Europe and the United States. I am also currently studying online with the University of Liverpool for an MSc in Forensic Psychology.
My main leisure interests are reading, social media, travelling (to Bluegrass music festivals amongst other things) and learning the ukulele. I live in Cambridge with my partner, Garry and my cat, Katze.