Autism Diagnostic Research Centre
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Clinical Team

The ADRC Clinical Team comprises of Clinical Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, a Specialist Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Assistant Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists, Specialist Nurse Therapists. Together they have a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and come from a variety of different backgrounds, including child and adult health services, Learning Disability services, and Adult Mental Health services.

Mrs Pat Abbott BSc (Hons), MSc, MBPSS

Clinic Manager, Neuropsychologist

Pat graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Honours) in Psychology in 1994, and in November 2007 was awarded an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Oxford Brookes University. She has more than 13 years experience of working in a regional neurological centre, helping to provide a diagnostic neuropsychology service to patients with a range of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, acquired brain injury, and dementia.

Dr Tony Brown BSc, MSc, D.Clin Psych, CPsychol, AFBPSS

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Tony is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and lecturer on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. His NHS clinical practice has been in the areas of child and adult mental health, learning disabilities, severe challenging behaviour and autism diagnosis. Outside of the NHS he has worked with Social Services as part of the Emergency Duty Team and the Hampshire Autistic Society. His main focus of research has been in the areas of developmental disabilities, severe behaviour disorders; family adaptation and stress; staff stress, coping, and training; early intervention.

Dr Dominic Casey MB, BS, SR

Consultant Psychiatrist (Learning Disabilities Service)

Dominic completed Higher Training in the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities on the North East Thames Training Scheme, and was appointed as Consultant Psychiatrist for Adults with Learning Disabilities to the New Forest locality in 1996. He continues in this role with Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, working both with inpatients and people living in the community; these are people who have mental health difficulties or challenging behaviour in addition to a primary diagnosis of Learning Disability or Autism.He has also held managerial responsibility in the role of Associate Medical Director for the Learning Disability Directorate, and as Directorate lead for Clinical Governance, and most recently as Mental Capacity Act lead for the New Forest Locality.

Dr David Murphy BSc (Hons), MSc, D. Clin Psych, PG Dip Clin Neuro, CPsychol

Forensic and Clinical Neuropsychologist

David is a Chartered Forensic & Clinical Neuropsychologist. Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Masters degree in Research and Statistics in Psychology at the University of Reading, he completed his clinical training in Oxford and specialist neuropsychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

His main appointment is as a practising forensic and clinical neuropsychologist in Broadmoor High Security Psychiatric Hospital. Within Broadmoor Hospital, in addition to providing a general neuropsychological assessment service, David has developed a specialist assessment and advice service for patients with autistic spectrum disorders. He provides teaching to several universities and is an active researcher with publications on autistic spectrum disorders in international peer reviewed journals.

Dr Richard Polson MB, BS, MRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist (Adult Mental Health)

Richard qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School in 1982 and was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist in adult mental health in Fareham in 1993. He has a wide range of experiences including work in the community, acute inpatient, intensive care, and rehabilitation settings, and for ten years worked within substance misuse services.Richard developed an interest in autism through involvement as a School Governor at Shepherds Down School, Hampshire which had expertise in educating autistic children using TEACCH methods in particular.

Dr Helen Rouse BSc. (Hons.) Applied Psychology, MPhil. Psychology, D. CLin. Psychol.

Clinical Psychologist

Helen has a wide range of experience of working with children and young people with a Learning Disability and with Autism. She has worked within the community and within a specialist Autism setting. Helen has been a member of the ADRC Team since 2013.

Mike Beard

Specialist in Behaviour Intervention

Mike has been working with children, adolescents and young adults with challenging behaviour in various settings including the NHS for the last 18 years. He has completed a Diploma in ‘Positive approaches to challenging behaviour’ at Cardiff University and is also trained in PROACT-SCIPr-UK and TEACCH. Before joining ADRC he worked as a Specialist in Behaviour Intervention for Hampshire Autistic Society.

Mike now works with adolescents and young adults with a diagnosis of ASD using a solution focussed approach to develop and implement appropriate support programmes. He is also involved with training support staff in working with individuals with ASD.

Emma Cooper, BSc (Hons), RN(LD), Dip Couns.

Relationship Counsellor

Emma has worked as a registered learning disability nurse in the NHS for more than 15 years. In that time she has worked with adults and young people in both residential and community settings. Whilst working in the community Emma qualified as a Sexual Health Nurse in 2002 enabling her to provide a comprehensive service to adults with Autism and/or learning disabilities. More recently she has completed her Counselling Diploma (member of BACP) and combines this with her professional Sexual Health qualification to offer an enhanced service to vulnerable young people and their families / carers. Now working for Solent NHS Trust as a Specialist Safeguarding Nurse Emma’s role includes training, support and supervision of staff; individual counselling, education and risk assessment; consultation for staff teams and counselling support for families / young people to understand Autism and the difficulties experienced growing up with ASD.

Dr. Xiaojia Feng, BSc, MSc, MSc

Assistant Psychologist

Xiaojia graduated from the University of Southampton with a MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology in 2014. Before joining ADRC, she worked in China as a lecturer in psychology at Nanjing University for 5 years, after she got her first MSc in Reading, Language and Cognition at University of York (UK) and a PhD in Cognitive Developmental Psychology at York University (Canada). Xiaojia has had years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level in Canada and China, and she also has extensive research experience in the areas of executive functions, memory, language development and bilingualism. Since 2013, she has worked with patients with autism, brain injuries and mental health issues in the UK.

Kate Golding

Specialist Nurse Therapist

Kate qualified as a general nurse in 1998 and spent the next six years working in Accident and Emergency and prison nursing. In 2000, Kate completed a BSc Psychology and has gone on to study for a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at The University of Southampton. Kate has taught health and social care and psychology and continues to work privately as a training consultant in the area of infant, child and adolescent mental health. Kate was seconded from CAMHS for eight years to various settings including early years, schools and the youth offending team. In addition to this, Kate was one of the leads for the targeted mental health in schools project on the Isle of Wight. Kate is a trainer for nurture training and youth mental health first aid. Kate started working for the ADRC in May 2014. Kate has a special interest in children who have experienced emotional trauma and has a dream of one day opening a therapeutic children’s home.

Dr. Mike Bracher, B.A (Hons.) M.Sc.

Research Fellow (Honorary)

Mike trained as a sociologist at the University of Birmingham, before completing a Masters degree and then a PhD in sociology (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) at the University of Southampton. He joined ADRC in May 2013, and was responsible for the 2014 Service Evaluation and Development Project. Following completion of the project in January 2014, Mike left ADRC to pursue other opportunities. He retains an honorary position as Research Fellow, and continues to provide advice and support to the centre in this capacity.