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Prof David Skuse
P.U.W. 41
Behavioural Sciences Unit, Institute of Child Health
UCL, 30 Guilford St
London
WC1N 1EH
Tel: 020 7905 2712
Fax: 020 7831 7050
Appointment
  • Chair of Behavioural and Brain Sciences
  • ICH - Behavioural & Brain Sciences
  • Dept of Neurosciences & Mental Health
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
 
 
Research Themes
Research Summary
Research led by David Skuse in the Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit falls into three main themes:

First, the study of clinical groups with impairment of social communication, in collaboration with the clinical team in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This comprises a number of genetic, cognitive and physiological studies of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Second, the study of typical populations both in the UK and overseas, examining normal variation in social perception and social decision making. Our focus is on individual differences that relate to genetic variants in the general population. Research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, incorporating the study of endophenotypes through neuroimaging and ERP among other techniques.

Third, the study of atypical populations with social communication deficits, in everyday situations. This is an emerging theme, in collaboration with the Computer Science Department at UCL, incorporating the development of novel measures of activity, autonomic responsiveness and global positioning.
Teaching Summary
Teaching activities undertaken by David Skuse and his team fall into three main categories:

First, PhD studentships, including UCL Grand Challenge and Crucible students. These are cross-cutting in concept, linking faculties and building collaborations to bring new perspectives on questions about the origins, and management, of neurodevelopmental differences.

Second, training in clinical assessment in collaboration with the Centre for High Functioning Autism at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Courses are run locally and nationally on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and the Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview (3Di).

Third, an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This course incorporates the option for a clinical placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital or the Tavistock Clinic. It is one of only two such courses in the UK, and welcomes those who are interested in a career in clinical psychology or child psychiatry, or an allied profession.
Appointments
01-JUL-1994 Professor of Behavioural and Brain Sciences Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1985 Honorary Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1978 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists To be updated
1976 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1973 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Manchester
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