My research focusses on children with disabilities and their families. Several projects evaluate approaches to intervention for children, and develop appropriate outcome measures. I am also concerned to understand what underpins behaviours: for example, how parent-child interaction can develop communication skills; and neuropsychological processes linked to repetitive behaviours and anxiety in ASD. (see Autism research website www.ncl.ac.uk/cargo-ne/)
I have a long-standing research and training link with a network of child development centres in Bangladesh.
I direct Daslne: the database of children with ASD living in the North East of England (www.ncl.ac.uk/daslne)
Database of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Living in the North East (Daslne), PI, Northern Rock Foundation, 2002-2013, £195,842
Intervention for Social ATtention in Autism, PI, Nuffield Career Development Fellowship, 2010-2013, £169,024.
MeASURe, PI, HTA, 2013-2013, £259,946.
Register of Children with ASD and Families for Participation in Research (ASD-UK), CI, Autistica, 2010-2013, £95,509.
India Database for Children with ASD, CI, Autistica, 2012-2014, £88,174.
Transition, CI, NIHR Programme Grant, 2012-2017, £1,999,697.
PACT 7-11, CI, MRC, 2012-2013, £672,637.
Feasibility study of new parent group intervention to manage repetitive behaviours in young children with ASD (MRB), CI, RfPB, 2012-2014, £232,800.
DIADS - Diagnostic Instruments for Autism in Deaf Children, CI, MRC, 2013-2016, £472,678.