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Joanne Tarver



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    Research Interests

    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


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

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

    Funding Applications and Awards

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

    Parent behaviour and well-being and its relationship with anxiety in individuals with autism and intellectual disability. Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. £31,000. (PI). June 2019.


    • 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 

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Nottingham

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2015


    Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

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    Research Output

    Development of the Observation Schedule for Children with Autism-Anxiety, Behaviour and Parenting (OSCA-ABP): A New Measure of Child and Parenting Behavior for Use with Young Autistic Children.

    Palmer, M., Paris Perez, J., Tarver, J., Cawthorne, T., Frayne, M., Baker, E., Yorke, I., Hay, D., Slonims, V., Pickles, A., Simonoff, E., Scott, S. & Charman, T., 30 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Feasibility study of the National Autistic Society EarlyBird parent support programme

    Palmer, M., San José Cáceres, A., Tarver, J., Howlin, P., Slonims, V., Pellicano, E. & Charman, T., 5 Jan 2020, In : Autism. 24, 1, p. 147-159 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A novel group parenting intervention to reduce emotional and behavioural difficulties in young autistic children: protocol for the Autism Spectrum Treatment and Resilience pilot randomised controlled trial

    Palmer, M., Tarver, J., Paris Perez, J., Cawthorne, T., Romeo, R., Stringer, D., Hallett, V., Mueller, J., Breese, L., Hollett, M., Beresford, B., Knapp, M., Slonims, V., Pickles, A., Simonoff, E., Scott, S. & Charman, T., 27 Jun 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 6, e029959.

    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

    Child and parent outcomes following parent interventions for child emotional and behavioral problems in autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Tarver, J., Palmer, M., Webb, S., Scott, S., Slonims, V., Simonoff, E. & Charman, T., 1 Oct 2019, In : Autism. 23, 7, p. 1630-1644 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access