UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research


Vaso Totsika

Associate Professor in Intellectual Developmental Disability

I am based in the Division of Psychiatry, University College London. I also hold honorary appointments with Monash University (Australia), the University of Warwick (UK), and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

My Research

Quite a lot of my current research is focused around families of children with intellectual disability: testing early intervention models to support child mental health and family relationships, understanding better the early years of development and how they relate to children’s future outcomes, understanding school-related outcomes and child well-being.

 A lot of this research also includes autistic children and their families, in particular autistic children with an intellectual disability.

Over the years I have been maintaining an active interest in the quality of life of adults with an intellectual disability and how best to support them and their carers to achieve a better quality of life.

Working collaboratively

I work collaboratively with families and people with intellectual disability and/or autism as well as partners in education, health services, and social care to address questions that have the potential to improve the support experiences of children and adults with intellectual disability or autism and those of their families.

We recently collaborated with parents on this guide for supporting the well-being of young children with an intellectual disability: free to download from here 

Working together with the Council for Disabled Children, several charities and a group of amazing Parent Advisors, we are investigating school attendance problems experienced by children with neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as Elective Home Education. Check our project webpage for more information.

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