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Richard Hastings





Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)2476 522197
WebLink: View Richard's publications on Google Scholar

Research Interests

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism), especially mental health, family research, challenging behaviour, forensic issues, special educational needs, intervention/treatment studies, early intervention. I also have broader interests in some psycho-educational intervention/treatment approaches including mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Applied Behaviour Analysis approaches.


Richard Hastings is a Professor and Cerebra Chair of Family Research in the Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research. He is an advisor to Sibs and to Ambitious About Autism. Richard is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, and is an associate editor or on the editorial board for 12 other journals. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Academy of Social Sciences.

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  • Jahoda, Andrew, Hastings, Richard P., Hatton, Chris, Cooper, Sally-Ann, McMeekin, Nicola, Dagnan, Dave, Appleton, Kim, Scott, Katie, Fulton, Lauren, Jones, Robert, McConnachie, Alex, Zhang, Rachel, Knight, Rosie, Knowles, Dawn, Williams, Christopher, Briggs, Andy, Melville, Craig, 2018. Behavioural activation versus guided self-help for depression in adults with learning disabilities : the BeatIt RCT. Health Technology Assessment, 22 (53), pp. 1-130, View
  • Flynn, Samantha, Totsika, Vasiliki, Hastings, Richard P., Hood, Kerry, Toogood, Sandy, Felce, David, 2018. Effectiveness of active support for adults with intellectual disability in residential settings : systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31 (6), pp. 983-998, View
  • Totsika, Vasiliki, Hastings, Richard P., Vagenas, Dimitrios, 2017. Informal caregivers of people with an intellectual disability in England : health, quality of life, and impact of caring. Health & Social Care in the Community, 25 (3), pp. 951-961, View
  • Lunsky, Y., Hastings, Richard P., Weiss, J. A., Palucka, A., Hutton, S., White, K., 2017. Comparative effects of mindfulness and support and information group interventions for parents of adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47 (6), pp. 1769-1779, View
  • Barter, B., Hastings, Richard P., Williams, R. R., Huws, J., 2017. Perceptions and discourses relating to genetic testing : interviews with people with Down syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (2), pp. 395-406, View

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