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July Open Day (2014) - UCL Division of Psychiatry

  • Are you interested in studying in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL?
  • Have you been offered a place on or do you plan to apply for the new MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to meet some of the course staff on our new MScs?
  • Would you like to hear some more details about the modules on our new MScs?

The event will be taking place on 21st July between 13.30 and 17.00. 

We will be holding this event at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at 16 TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The aim of this optional single module is for students to develop an advanced understanding of the current main questions in research on intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities (including autistic spectrum disorders) spanning biological, psychological and social approaches to research. This will provide foundations for students to embark on research in this area, and/or to practice clinically in a way that is directly informed by current research.

The course will be taught over 6 half day sessions, accompanied by Moodle online materials and relevant sessions in the MSc journal club.

Module Contents

Research in the following areas will be covered:

  • Current models and classifications of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Epidemiology and risk factors for intellectual disability
  • Epidemiology and risk factors for autistic spectrum disorders
  • Intellectual disability and mental health: current understanding
  • The genetics of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Neurocognitive research in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Psychological, social and medical interventions in intellectual and developmental disabilities: current evidence
  • Research on service delivery and service improvement for intellectual and developmental disorders
  • Service user and carer experiences of living with intellectual disabilities.

Learning Outcomes

The intended learning outcomes are:

  • Students will be able to appraise papers based on biological, psychological and social approaches to research on intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Students will be able to suggest approaches to managing clinical problems in intellectual and developmental disabilities and to addressing challenges in service delivery based on an up-to-date understanding of research findings in these fields.
  • Students will be able to able to identify the key questions motivating current research on the aetiology and management of intellectual and developmental disabilities and to explain how these are being addressed.
  • Students will be able to suggest ways of addressing research questions relating to the aetiology and management of intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Module Leaders

A Clinical Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Disabilities is currently being appointed and will have a major role in this Module.

Dr Andre Strydom

Andre Strydom is a Reader in Intellectual Disabilities in the Division of Psychiatry. His clinical work includes an assessment clinic for adults with suspected Autistic Spectrum Disorders. His research interests are in the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical aspects of mental health problems in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disabilities, Autism and Asperger syndrome, and ADHD. He has a particular interest in the problems that people develop as they get older, including the tendency of people with Down Syndrome to develop Alzheimer's disease. A major current project in which he is involved as Chief Investigator is the London Down Syndrome Consortium (LonDownS) which is investigating this link.

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