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Richard Hastings

Job Title
Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
+44 (0)2476 522197
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.

Title Funder Award start Award end
The Abbey School for Exceptional Children: Development and evaluation of a model of excellence for Special Educational Needs settings Abbey School Limited 01 Jun 2020 31 Dec 2029
Evaluators' Panel Education Endowment Foundation 01 Jun 2019 31 May 2024
Mapping and Evaluating Services for Children with Learning Disabilities and Behaviours that Challenge (MELD) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2021 30 Apr 2024
PosFam ? A positively-oriented, family systems intervention for families of children with developmental disabilities Cerebra 01 Oct 2020 30 Sep 2023
WCPRS studentshipe agreement with Regional School Effectiveness & Improvement Service for North Wales (GwE). GwE 01 Oct 2019 31 Mar 2023
The Sharland Foundation Development Disabilities ABA Research & Impact Network SF-DDARIN (extension to 46533) Sharland Charitable Foundation, The 01 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2022
1000 Families Study 2020 Cerebra 01 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2022
Headsprout® Early Reading in Special Schools (EEF Framework) Education Endowment Foundation 04 Nov 2019 29 Apr 2022
A multicenter cluster randomised trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of KiVa to reduce bullying in primary schools: The UK KiVa Trial - resubmission National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jul 2019 31 Mar 2022
REducing the risk of criminal exploitation using multiSystEmic Therapy Youth Endowment Fund 01 Nov 2019 31 Jan 2022
STORM: A cluster randomised effectiveness trial of the 'STanding up fOR Myself' psychosocial group intervention vs services as usual for adults/young people with intellectual disabilities: Impact on self-esteem, mental health and capacity to resist stigma - second stage National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2021
Implementation and outcomes of PBS in special education settings Ambitious about Autism 01 Oct 2018 30 Sep 2021
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities and factors associated with better outcomes MRC 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2021
Teaching early reading skills to adults with intellectual disabilities (READ-IT) using a support worker/family carer mediated on-line reading programme - a feasibility study National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2019 01 Apr 2021
Talking about learning disability: a school based intervention to prevent bullying and promote understanding about people with learning disabilities (Talk-LD). Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 01 Jan 2019 31 Aug 2020
Behavioural activation (BeatIt) for depression in adults with severe intellectual disabilities. A feasibility randomised controlled study of BeatIt versus treatment as usual Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 01 Sep 2018 31 Aug 2020
Sensory integration therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2017 31 Mar 2020
Teaching of Numeracy and Science to children with Intellectual Disability (TeNS-ID): Extending and developing research evidence Calthorpe Academy 01 Oct 2016 31 Mar 2020
SEND evidence review Education Endowment Foundation 01 Mar 2019 01 Mar 2020
ICAM Framework - Wales - Bangor University Lead - Towards an individual child attainment model (ICAM) to predict attainment and inform child-driven priorities for secondary schools in Wales GwE 01 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2019
Identifying and delivering on potential in children with neurological conditions and their families - the Cerebra 1000 families study. Cerebra 13 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2019
Mindfulness Online STress intervention for family carers of children and adults with Intellectual Disability (MOST-ID). Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 01 Apr 2018 31 Oct 2019
Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) for families of young children with intellectual disability: Feasibility study National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2018 31 Oct 2019
ESRC DTC Studentship (Sibs and Nikita Hayden) Sibs - For Brothers and Sisters 01 Oct 2016 30 Sep 2019
Right from the Start: early years support for children with autism and their parents - Research brief, 2018 - Led by UCL Ambitious about Autism 01 Jan 2019 31 Jul 2019
School refusal in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities Australian Research Council 01 Jan 2016 31 Dec 2018
Supporting parents of adults with learning disability and challenging behaviour National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 May 2016 31 Oct 2018
Staff intervention in care for people with Intellectual Disabilities University of Tilburg 01 Feb 2014 31 Jan 2018
North Wales Online Reading Trial Study (NorthWORTS) Thomas Howell's Education Fund for North Wales, The 01 Sep 2015 31 Aug 2017
Evaluating the effectiveness of Active Support: establishing the platform National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), School of Social Care Research NIHR 30 Sep 2016 30 May 2017
Who's Challenging Who: Randomised Controlled Trial evaluation National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jul 2015 30 Apr 2017
How to Move Through the Adversity: The Process of Resilience in the Families of Children with Autism in the Chinese Community in the UK (Newton Grant for Meiju Zhao) British Council 01 Apr 2016 31 Mar 2017
Measuring and treating mental health problems in children and adults with severe intellectual disability Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 01 Feb 2015 28 Feb 2017
BEAT-IT: A randomised controlled trial comparing a behavioural activation treatment for depression in adults with learning disabilities with an attention control. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2013 28 Feb 2017
Using Mindfulness for Anger and Aggressive behaviour- with people with Learning Disabilities (UMAA-LD) National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) 01 Oct 2014 15 Feb 2017
Developing a more evidence informed culture Royal Mencap Society 01 Jul 2015 30 Jun 2016
Research project on the efficacy of Intensive Behavioural Intervention on Children with Autism (3 to 5 years) based in Switzerland Association Objectif Vaincre lAutisme (AOVA) 01 Oct 2013 31 Jan 2016
Research and Evaluation of Beyond Words books relating to relationships St Georges, London 01 Dec 2014 01 Nov 2015
Sexuality, Autism and Young People - Families Study (SAY Families) National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) 01 Nov 2013 31 Oct 2015
Learning disability cluster validation project Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 01 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2015
WELL-MI physical exercise interventions for children with complex disabilities National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) 01 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2014