Autism and atypical development
Rare genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability
Psychology, sleep and cognitive development
Autism and sensorimotor development
Focus of Our Research
The Atypical Development Research Theme is led by Dr. Sarah Cassidy.
We are a multi-disciplinary group of researchers cutting across a number of research themes, departments and research centres in the UK and internationally. Please click here to see a full list of staff and students in our group.
Our research aims to understand a variety of developmental conditions and rare genetic syndromes, to inform and evaluate effective interventions, and improve quality of life for these individuals and their families. Most research into developmental conditions have focused on childhood. However, we adopt a lifespan approach, researching atypical development from early childhood through to adulthood. To this end, our research addresses a number of under investigated areas.
One area explores outcomes of adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in terms of their quality of life, employment, occupational attainment, bullying, mental health and suicidality. We aim to develop new valid measures and interventions to better understand and improve outcomes in adults with ASC.
Another area of research explores social and emotional functioning in children and adults with rare genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability (e.g. fragile X syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome), and ASC.
A third area of research explores the effect of sleep quality on cognitive ability in children with Down’s syndrome, and typically developing children.
We collaborate closely with the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, and the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Birmingham, on a number of projects.
- David Walker, PhD Studentship, Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement; “Emotion Processing in Autism Spectrum Conditions.”
- Lisanne Van-Dongen, MSc Mental Health, Maastricht University, Netherlands, and Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, UK. “Suicidality in Autism Spectrum Conditions”.
Coventry Young Researchers 2016
Coventry Young Researchers will run from the 1-5th Aug 2016, and is open to children aged between 6 to 12 years old. Children will take part in a wide range of psychology, brain and behavioural science experiments and activities, all of which are designed to help them learn about psychology in a way that is fun and engaging. They will also be helping the research group to learn more about the way that young people learn and think.
Hearing, Speech and Literacy
When children have difficulty making connections between spoken and written words this makes it hard to learn to read. Because of this, difficulties hearing and speaking can affect literacy.
Beyond Booked Up
The Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement have been commissioned by the BookTrust to evaluate their initiative Beyond Booked Up: a suite of activities that aim to engage secondary school pupils in Year 7 and 8 with reading.
Mercer Project - Chatterbooks
Chatterbooks is one way schools can engage children with reading for pleasure. Chatterbooks offers a flexible approach for schools to use.