School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Heather Moore

Placement Tutor



I completed my PhD at Newcastle University in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research.  Following my PhD, I worked in the Market Insights team at University of Sunderland in a quality improvement role, before joining the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University as a Research Associate.  Currently, I am employed as Placement Tutor in the School of Psychology, where I manage the professional placements that undergraduate students may undertake, as well as teaching and providing research supervision. 

Previous Positions

  • Research Associate on PACT-G, Newcastle University (2016-2019)
  • Research Associate on MAGIC, Newcastle University (2015-2016)
  • Market Insights Assistant, University of Sunderland (2015)
  • Research Assistant, Newcastle University (2014)
  • Part Time Research Assistant, University of York (2007-2009)


  • PhD Psychology, Newcastle University (2014)
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Durham University (2010)
  • BSc Psychology, University of York (2009)

Memberships and Professional Registration


Research Interests

My MRC-funded PhD investigated the profile, course and predictors of cognition in patients with mitochondrial disease.  As Research Associate, I first worked on MAGIC III to investigate implementation of shared decision making in real world clinical care, then on PACT-G, which investigated whether the PACT-G social communication intervention improved outcomes in children with severe autism and limited language. 

My research interests include cognition, adaptive abilities, and predictors of performance in typical and atypical development, with a focus on autism.  

Academic Expertise

  • Autism; diagnostic assessments
  • Cognitive testing
  • Interviewing
  • Training
  • Project Management
  • Patient and public engagement
  • Systematic review
  • Quantitative analyses

Previous Projects

  • The Paediatric Autism Communication Trial-Generalised (PACT-G)
    Chief Investigator(s): Prof Jonathan Green (University of Manchester)
    Site Research Leads: 
    Prof Ann Le Couteur (Newcastle University), Prof Tony Charman (King's College London), Prof Jonathan Green (University of Manchester)

  • Making Good Decisions in Collaboration with Patients (MAGIC)
    Project Leader(s): Prof Richard Thomson

    'Magic III: Widening Impact' is a Health Foundation and Health Education North East (HENE) funded project designed to: embed shared decision making (SDM) in clinical care across a range of NHS Trusts; train an SDM workforce, as well as SDM trainers to continue this work; and conduct a training needs analysis to map current delivery of SDM education, identify current practice, and determine gaps.  


I teach across a number of undergraduate and Masters courses in the School of Psychology, including research methods, disorders of development, and cultural and historical perspectives in clinical psychology.