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Richard Hastings BSc PhD CPsychol FBPsS FIASSIDD

I joined CEDAR as a Professor in 2013, having moved from the School of Psychology at Bangor University. My first degree and PhD were both in Psychology and from the University of Southampton. In addition to carrying out teaching and research in Southampton, I have worked at the Institute of Child Health (University College London), and Bangor University. In Bangor, I was the Research Director for the doctoral programme in clinical psychology and spent time in senior management roles including as Head of the School of Psychology. My research focuses mainly on families of children with disabilities and special educational needs, mental health problems in children and adults with disabilities, and evidence-based educational interventions for children with special educational needs and disabilities. In addition to carrying out research, I am a Trustee for Mencap, and expert external advisor for Ambitious about Autism, and the research advisor for Sibs (the UK charity for siblings of disabled children).

From 1 January 2014, I will also have the title of Cerebra Chair of Family Research. Cerebra have awarded me funding as one of their Academic Chairs to carry out research focused on families of children with intellectual disability and/or autism.

Professional standing

Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Fellow of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Social media and web links

Twitter - @ProfRHastings

Blog –

My Google scholar profile -

Mencap -

Ambitious about Autism -

Sibs -

Cerebra -

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