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General

Sarah is a Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Director for the BSc in Psychology and Business. she came to Aston in 2015, after working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Wales Autism Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University. 

Research Interests

Sarah has two main strands of research, both of which focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The first strand relates to the behavioural profile of ASD, and encompasses research focusing on the international diagnostic criteria for ASD, and diagnosis in adults and women. The second strand of her research involves both functional and structural imaging of the brain in autism.  The overall aim of her research aim is to combine these two strands to develop a better understanding of the link between the clinical and neurobiological profiles of ASD.

Sarah is part of an international collaboration of researchers and clinicians who work with an instrument called the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO). She also works with clinical teams within the West Midlands.  Working with the DISCO, Sarah and her colleagues have developed a new diagnostic algorithm based on the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD and conducted a series of studies to develop an abbreviated form of the interview.  

Qualifications

DPhil, fHEA, MSc, MA(Oxon)

Awards

Innovation in Healthcare” and “People’s Choice”, Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards. The award is for work developing tools to help professionals recognise and understand the signs of autism, including a “Birthday Party” film. Collaboration with Cardiff University, Welsh Local Government Association, and colleagues in Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, and Italy (2019).

The Nigel Slack Teaching Innovation Award, presented at the 26th International EurOMA conference for the paper ‘A feasibility study into how a synthetic digital environment can help people with less visible impairments use rail more easily’. Orme, R., Al-Kabani, M., Clegg, B., Petridis, P., Kessler, K., Carrington, S.J., Poole, A., Yeoman, A. (2019).

PhD Supervision

Ewelina Rosiecke: Exploring sex differences in the clinical, cognitive, and neurobiological profiles of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Funded by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. Feb 2017-present.

Teaching Activity

PY1129 Introduction to Psychology (tutor)

PY2240 Lifespan Development

PY3351 Child Development (module convenor)

PY3010 Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder (module convenor)

PY3346 Final Year Project supervisor

PY4015 Introduction to Cogitive Neuroscience

Contact Details

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Jan 2015 → …

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Research Output

How well are DSM‑5 diagnostic criteria for ASD represented in standardized diagnostic instruments?

Evers, K., Maljaars, J. P. W., Carrington, S., Carter, A., Happé, F., Steyaert, J., Leekam, S. R. & Noens, I., 19 Feb 2020, In : European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Describing the profile of diagnostic features in autistic adults using an abbreviated version of the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO-Abbreviated)

    Carrington, S., Barrett, S. L., Sivagamasundari, U., Fretwell, C., Noens, I., Maljaars, J. P. W. & Leekam, S. R., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49, 12, p. 5036-5046 11 p.

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  • How well are DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD represented in standardized diagnostic instruments?

    Evers, K., Maljaars, J., Carrington, S. J., Carter, A., Happé, F., Steyaert, J., Leekam, S. R. & Noens, I., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    The Birthday Party film: A training film for front-line professionals and families to raise awareness about the signs of autism.

    Caputi, M., Jones, C., Barrett, S., Bunce, S., Carrington, S. J., Condon, J., Gould, J., Hinton, T., Berzina, L., Bite, I., Campos, R., Nieto, C., Vidriales, R., Montanari, S., Geležiniene, R., Radžvilaite, K., Judickaite-Žukovske, V. & Leekam, S., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    DSM-5 criteria and diagnoses in adulthood: Are there “strong and stable” features?

    Carrington, S. J., Barrett, S. L., Sivagamasundari, U., Fretwell, C., Hall, J., Noens, I., Maljaars, J. P. W., Kent, R. G. & Leekam, S. R., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Prizes

  • Activities

    • 11 Participation in conference

    Faculty of child and adolescent psychiatry annual conference

    Sarah Carrington (Speaker)
    17 Sep 2014

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    2014 International Meeting for Autism Research

    Sarah Carrington (Speaker)
    17 May 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Learning Disability and Autism Network (LDAN) annual event

    Sarah Carrington (Invited speaker)
    10 Apr 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    National Autistic Society professionals conference

    Sarah Carrington (Invited speaker)
    6 Mar 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Meeting for Autism Research

    Sarah Carrington (Participant)
    2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference