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Research Interests

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).

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Sep 2017Dec 2018

Oct 2010Sep 2013


Sep 2007Dec 2011

External positions

Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

2018 → …

Honorary Research Fellow

2017 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • genetic syndromes
  • executive function
  • mental health
  • autism
  • intellectual disability
  • sensory processing
  • parental well-being

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Research Output 2014 2019

Anxiety in people with learning disabilities

Waite, J. & Tarver, J., 18 Jun 2019

Research output: Other contributionBlog Post

Open Access

Back to basics in behavioural phenotypes insights from developing a detailed understanding of behaviour

Woodcock, K. A. & Waite, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 63, 9, p. 1071-1074 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Temper outbursts in Lowe syndrome: Characteristics, sequence, environmental context and comparison to Prader–Willi syndrome

Cressey, H., Oliver, C., Crawford, H. & Waite, J., 29 May 2019, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome

Williams syndrome: recent advances in our understanding of cognitive, social and psychological functioning

Royston, R., Waite, J. & Howlin, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Current Opinion in Psychiatry . 32, 2, p. 60-66 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Williams Syndrome
Social Behavior
Social Problems

Brief Report: Repetitive Behaviour Profiles in Williams syndrome: Cross Syndrome Comparisons with Prader–Willi and Down syndromes

Royston, R., Oliver, C., Moss, J., Adams, D., Berg, K., Howlin, P., Nelson, L., Burbidge, C., Stinton, C. & Waite, J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48, 1, p. 326–331

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Williams Syndrome
Down Syndrome
Oculocerebral hypopigmentation syndrome type Preus