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Research Excellence Awards 2016-2017 Runner Up--Clare Allely

News: Jul 15, 2017

Last month, Clare Allely was awarded Runner Up in the Research Excellence Awards 2016-2017 at the University of Salford. The Research Excellence Awards celebrate excellence in the University’s research community. The awards are run on an annual basis with a maximum of two awards being made to individual researchers, or research teams, who have been nominated by their School Research & Enterprise Committee (SREC).

Clare was awarded this for her research in the field of autism spectrum disorders in the criminal justice system and her work on the pathway to violence in mass shooters. Between 2016-2017, Clare has published 11 peer reviewed articles and has had two articles accepted. This includes research published in the leading journal “Autism Research”. Specifically, a hypothesis paper which explored the role of cholesterol metabolism and various steroid abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders.

Amplifying the outcomes from these publications, by way of science communications around research, Clare regularly uses the Conversation as a vehicle to communicate her messages and has published 6 articles in this publication between 2016-2017.

Clare engages in multidisciplinary research spanning psychiatry, psychology, law, criminology and medicine. For instance, Professor Penny Cooper (Kingston Law School, Kingston University London) invited Clare to collaborate with her as a research expert and forensic psychologist for The Advocate's Gateway in order to raise awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders amongst legal practitioners (theadvocatesgateway.org). Psychology is playing a bigger part in court cases in terms of the judges’, lawyers’ and jurors’ understanding of the accused and witnesses. Clare was part of a small team which developed this toolkit published in 2017: "Planning to question someone with an autism spectrum disorder including Asperger syndrome" for The Advocate’s Gateway. Clare has been collaborating with Professor Penny Cooper for three years and they have published a number of articles, bringing their two disciplines together. For instance, they published a peer reviewed article entitled: "You can’t judge a book by its cover: evolving professional responsibilities, liabilities and ‘judgecraft’ when a party has Asperger’s Syndrome" in the ‘Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly’ earlier this year which is currently being increasingly used by criminal justice professionals as a ‘go to’ when dealing with cases involving clients with autism.

Clare Allely accepting the award from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Salford, Richard Stephenson

Photo: Nick Harrison

References:
Cooper, P., & Allely, C.S. (2017). You can’t judge a book by its cover: evolving professional responsibilities, liabilities and ‘judgecraft’ when a party has Asperger’s Syndrome. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 68(1), 35-58.

Gillberg, C., Fernell, E., Minnis, H., Bourgeron, T., Kočovská, E., Thompson, L., & Allely, C.S. (2017). The role of cholesterol metabolism and various steroid abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders: A hypothesis paper. Autism Research, 10, 1022-1044.
 

BY: Anna Spyrou

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