Ann Le Couteur is the Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust where she leads the North East Regional Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service. Her clinical and research work has focused on understanding the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other complex mental health disorders (such as Early Onset Bipolar Disorder) in children, young people, adults and their families/carers. She co-leads the Newcastle University Autism Research Team within the Lifecourse, Development and Ageing Group, Institute of Health & Society, co-ordinating programmes of work studying the genetics of ASD and the broader autism phenotype; the development of assessment and outcome measures across the lifespan; evaluation of interventions for children and families; and the promotion of evidence based models of best practice for ASD services including transition to adult services.
Professor Le Couteur is one of the authors of Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)(1996,2003), an internationally recognised trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and led the British Twin Study of Autism (1995,1996). She chaired the work for The National Autism Plan for Children (2003) in the UK; is a member of two ASD NICE guideline development groups (2011; 2013), and was an external advisor to the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy/Statutory Guidance (2009,2010). She co-leads (with Jeremy Parr) the International Molecular Genetic Study of Autism Consortium (IMGSAC) and is a member of the Autism Genome Project, she sits on the scientific/medical advisory board of several UK research charities for individuals young people with complex needs (including Autism Spectrum Disorders).
BSc. (Hons) Psychology London University 1974
MBBS (London) 1977
MRC Psych. 1982
FRC Psych. 1997
GMC Number 2406055
Approved Clinician under Mental Health Act, 2011 – 2016
1987 – 1990 Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Honorary Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The Maudsley Hospital, London.
1993 – 2002 Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, London.
1990-1995 Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Enfield Community Care NHS Trust & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Free Hospital Medical School & Tavistock Clinic, London.
1995 - Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Newcastle University. Visiting Professor of Child &Adolescent Psychiatry, Durham University. Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.
Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
British Medical Association.
Child Psychiatry Research Society.
Research interests include the study of ASD and other complex mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan. The ASD research team has a number of related on-going programmes of work including: autism genetics; the investigation of repetitive behaviours in normally developing children and individuals with ASD; possible cognitive underpinning of co-morbid disorders particularly anxiety; the development and evaluation of both diagnostic assessment procedures and robust outcome measures ( including identifying appropriate modifications for individuals with hearing impairment) and the identification of evidence based models for effective service provision for young people with ASD and other complex healthcare needs as they transition to adult services . The research team also undertake evaluation studies of interventions for children, young people with ASD and their families, and the management of co-morbid mental health disorders.
Three PhD (one awarded 2012) and two MD students. Prof Le Couteur supervises students on the Clinical Doctorate course in Clinical Psychology and senior trainees on the Northern Regional Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training Scheme.
Professor Le Couteur oversees the Medical student curriculum teaching in Child & Adolescent Mental Health within Child Health stage 3 & 4/5 Teaching Modules and supervises 3-6 option student placements on diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders and severe mental health conditions in children and young people within the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder Service.
She is academic lead for the Northern Regional Senior Training Scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.