UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research


Core Staff

The CIDDR Team

Prof Angela Hassiotis

Dr Katrina Scior

Vaso Totsika
Prof. Angela Hassiotis Prof. Katrina SciorDr Vaso Totsika

We are a team of professionals from a range of disciplines, with psychiatry and clinical psychology at the core.

PhD/DClinPsy Research Students

Alister Baird

Exploring the role of physical environment on aggression in neurodevelopmental disorder populations

My research involves exploring how our physical environment, for example nature, air and noise pollution, and urban design, influence aggressive behaviours in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). We have conducted a systematic review assessing the current literature on physical environmental influences on aggression in children with and without NDDs. Following this, we analysed a large birth cohort dataset of children between the ages of 3 and 11, using growth curve modelling to examine how children’s environment influenced developmental trajectories of conduct problems.

To experimentally examine how urban nature exposure may influence challenging behaviours in children with NDDs, we have constructed and simulated an urban greenspace inside of a specialised environmental laboratory (named PEARL). This aims to examine what aspects of nature exposure may provide therapeutic benefits to these children, facilitating future research and policy direction.

Elisa Mattiauda



Laura Paulauskaite

The development of a Core Outcome Set for evaluating the impact of Relationships and Sex Education with students with intellectual disability

I am developing the first Core Outcome Set of Relationships and Sex Education for students with intellectual disability. This involves finding out “what” students with intellectual disability, parents, teachers, researchers, and policy makers think the outcomes of this education should be and agreeing on the most important outcomes. This list will be useful for schools and researchers who are interested in improving the implementation, acceptance, and delivery of this education for students with intellectual disability.

Zuyu Wang

Hear our voice: social participation in intellectual disability and development of an intervention to improve social participation among people with intellectual disabilities

Being socially isolated is thought to be common in people with intellectual disabilities (ID). This lack of social participation accelerates cognitive decline, therefore, increasing dementia risk, and reducing the quality of life. My study will investigate social isolation among people with ID and co-design with Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) a complex intervention to increase social participation. This will be the first study aiming to understand the scale of lack of social participation and how it impacts the lives of people with ID.



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