UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research


UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research (CIDDR)


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Our central aim is to conduct high quality, multi-disciplinary research that benefits the well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and carers. Our research focuses on three key areas:

  1. Health service provision for people with intellectual disabilities

  2. Physiological and psychological processes underpinning impairment and disability

  3. The position of people with intellectual disabilities as equal and accepted members of their communities and society more generally

We are all trained researchers and clinicians who combine their research activities with clinical work in the National Health Service. The CIDDR team is made up of professionals from a range of disciplines, with psychiatry and clinical psychology at the core. To ensure our perspectives on health and social research remain as broad as possible we have forged close links with colleagues in the fields of epidemiology, health economics, anthropology, social psychology, as well as with voluntary sector organisations.  We also work with professionals in a variety of disciplines, including speech & language therapy, nursing, social work and commissioning. 

Public Engagement

We work closely with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and carers as partners in research. We have close links with service user groups who either collaborate or consult to us on our research activity, including the Elfrida Society, Camden Disability Action and local groups of People First.