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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

Award Date: 11 Dec 2018

Oct 2010Sep 2013

Award Date: 1 Dec 2013


Sep 2007Dec 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

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

Anxiety in autistic individuals who speak few or no words: A qualitative study of parental experience and anxiety management

Tarver, J., Pearson, E., Edwards, G., Shirazi, A., Potter, L., Malhi, P. & Waite, J., 1 Oct 2020, In : Autism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Scaling of Early Social Cognitive Skills in Typically Developing Infants and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Ellis, K., Lewington, P., Laurie, P., Oliver, C., Waite, J., Heald, M., Apperly, I., Sandhu, P. & Crawford, H., 18 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Profiles and Correlates of Psychopathology in Adolescents and Adults with Williams, Fragile X and Prader-Willi Syndromes

    Royston, R., Oliver, C., Howlin, P., Dosse, A., Armitage, P., Moss, J. & Waite, J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 50, 3, p. 893-903 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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