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Dr William Mandy

Dr William Mandy

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Address

TP444
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL

2007-10-01

Research Themes

As a psychologist who practices clinically and is engaged in research, I am interested in the ways in which autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are best conceptualised. It is likely that current conventional definitions of ASDs represent a false syndrome, in which distinct dimensions of impairment have been mistakenly thought to share underlying gene-brain-behaviour pathways. In fact, different aspects of autistic behaviour are likely to have distinct underlying impairments, and it is this principle that guides my research into the cognitive correlates of autistic spectrum disorders. I am particularly interested in the relationship between various aspects of executive function and the insistence on sameness that is seen in many children with an ASD. Additional research interests include the autism phenotype in females and how it differs from that seen in males; consequences of sub-threshold social-communication impairments; development of social cognition in non-clinical populations; autistic traits in non-autistic populations, including people with disordered eating.
Award year Qualification Institution
2014 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychopathology
University of Cambridge
2007 DClinPsy
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology
University College London
2001 Dipl.-Psyc
Diplom-Psychologie
Psychology
Royal Holloway
1999 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
History
University of Cambridge

Keywords

Asperger Syndrome|*|Autism|*|Autism Spectrum Disorders Autistic traits in non-autistic populations|*|Autism spectrum disorders|*|Eating disorders|*|Frontal lobe|*|Neuropsychology