Professor Helen McConachie
Strategic Research Adviser

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  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1396
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 282 4725
  • Address: Institute of Health and Society
    Newcastle University
    Level 3, Sir James Spence Institute
    Royal Victoria Infirmary
    Queen Victoria Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 4LP, UK

Research Interests

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

Other Expertise

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 (



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.