Executive Committee

Chair - 2021

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health NHS Trust.

Tom Berney, chairChair

A developmental psychiatrist in Newcastle upon Tyne who has specialised in Autism. He has been closely linked with the development of the faculties of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Intellectual Disability Psychiatry.

Philip AshersonProfessor of molecular psychiatry at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. He works on clinical, quantitative genetic and molecular genetic studies of ADHD in adults and children; and the clinical assessment and treatment of adult ADHD. He has been a senior member of the UK National Adult ADHD Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital since 1998.

Adamou MariosConsultant in neurodevelopmental psychiatry at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield.

Terry Brugha

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. He works as an epidemiologist on the prevention of depression and on the burden of autism in adulthood and is Chair of the WHO SCAN Advisers, developing a revised SCAN interview that will include neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Specialty doctor in intellectual disability psychiatry for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. He has a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders in people with intellectual disabilities, and is currently undertaking a project on catatonia in autism spectrum disorders.

Laura Williams, website lead

Website Editor

Dr Laura Williams is a Core trainee in Psychiatry in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and the website editor for the Neurodevelopmental SIG.

Photo of Prajakta Patil, Freedcamp Forum EditorFreedcamp Forum

Dr Prajakta Patil is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working in the Trevor Gibbens Unit, Kent. She is the editor of Freedcamp, an online forum for sharing ideas, good practice and general discussion for the SIG members.

RCPsych Autism Champion

Dr Conor Davidson is a general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders and in 2021 was appointed Royal College of Psychiatrists Autism Champion.

After qualifying as a consultant in 2012, Conor worked as a CMHT psychiatrist in York. He was autism lead for Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys Foundation Trust between 2017 and 2020, where his work included rolling out autism training for mental health staff and promoting the use of reasonable adjustments for autistic people accessing mental health services. In 2020 Conor was appointed clinical lead for Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service.

Finance Officer

Dr Raja Mukherjee is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Academic Secretary for the Neurodevelopmental SIG. The role is to put together the conferences and drive the educational direction of the SIG with the input of the Executive and members.

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