Adult Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry and Disability Research Group

Members of the Group include Professor Terry Brugha, Jane Smith (Honorary Research Fellow) and Zoe Morgan (Statistician).

Long term collaborations are maintained with the following universities: Cambridge (England); the Institute of Psychiatry (London), Bristol, Sheffield, Groningen, Harvard.

Professor Brugha is presently the lead investigator on the first ever large scale epidemiological survey of autism spectrum disorders in adults, is chair of the WHO Advisory Committee of SCAN, and leads a programme of observational and experimental research into the prevention of depression in women following child birth. He is associate editor of Psychological Medicine. Previous positions have included joint co-ordinator of the WHO World Mental Health Survey initiative in Europe (ESEMED) and Secretary General of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Members of the group are currently carrying out research on the prevalence of autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) in adults living in communal care establishments and those with learning disabilities, funded by the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care. Results from this study will be combined with information from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey [1] to estimate the overall prevalence of ASC in adults living in England.  Please click here for a copy of the protocol and here for an easy read version.

[1] Brugha, T., McManus, S., Meltzer, H. et al (2007) Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England. Report from the adult psychiatric morbidity survey 2007. The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care, England"

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