UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof David Skuse

Prof David Skuse

Professorial Research Associate

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
4th Sep 2017

Research summary

Research led by David Skuse in the Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit falls into three main themes:

First, the study of clinical groups with impairment of social communication, in collaboration with the clinical team in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This comprises a number of genetic, cognitive and physiological studies of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Second, the study of typical populations both in the UK and overseas, examining normal variation in social perception and social decision making. Our focus is on individual differences that relate to genetic variants in the general population. Research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, incorporating the study of endophenotypes through neuroimaging and ERP among other techniques.

Third, the study of atypical populations with social communication deficits, in everyday situations. This is an emerging theme, in collaboration with the Computer Science Department at UCL, incorporating the development of novel measures of activity, autonomic responsiveness and global positioning.

Teaching summary

Teaching activities undertaken by David Skuse and his team fall into three main categories:

First, PhD studentships, including UCL Grand Challenge and Crucible students. These are cross-cutting in concept, linking faculties and building collaborations to bring new perspectives on questions about the origins, and management, of neurodevelopmental differences.

Second, training in clinical assessment in collaboration with the Centre for High Functioning Autism at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Courses are run locally and nationally on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and the Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview (3Di).

Third, an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This course incorporates the option for a clinical placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital or the Tavistock Clinic. It is one of only two such courses in the UK, and welcomes those who are interested in a career in clinical psychology or child psychiatry, or an allied profession.


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