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Verity Chester


My name is Verity Chester, Research Associate and RADiANT Network Manager. My role at HPFT is two-fold. I manage the research and clinical network, RADiANT, which aims to support research, staff development, and public education for those with developmental disabilities. As a Research Associate, I support a diverse portfolio of research and service evaluation. I have previously held positions as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bolton, and Research Lead for Developmental Disorder at the Priory Group. My professional background is psychological, with a BSc and MSc in Forensic Psychology, and I am currently undertaking my PhD which is focused on the offending behaviour of autistic people. I am the editor of Advances in Autism journal.


Area of research interest

I have a broad range of research interests related to developmental disabilities (particularly intellectual disability and autism), mental health, forensic involvement, and the interface between these. I have authored or co-authored over 70 publications, for a full list, please visit my ResearchGate profile.


Recent publications and grants

  1. Siddaway, A.P., Meiser-Stedman, R., Chester, V., Finn, J., O Leary, C., Peck, D. & Loveridge, C. (2022). Trauma-Focused Guided Self-Help Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Depression and Anxiety, 39(10-11):675-685. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/da.23272
  2. McCarthy, J., Chaplin, E., Hayes, S., Søndenaa, E., Chester, V., Morrissey, C., Allely, C.S., & Forrester, A. (2022). Defendants with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Conditions: The Perspective of clinicians working across three jurisdictions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 29(5) 698-717. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13218719.2021.1976297
  3. Chester, V., Driver, B., & Alexander, R.T. (2022). Women with Autism. Working with Autistic People in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Systems (pp. 146 - 162) (Eds: N. Tyler & A. Sheeran). Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Working-with-Autistic-People-in-the-Criminal-Justice-and-Forensic-Mental/Tyler-Sheeran/p/book/9780367478285#
  4. Driver, B. & Chester, V. (2021). The presentation, recognition and diagnosis of autism in women and girls. Advances in Autism, 7(3) 194-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-12-2019-0050. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/AIA-12-2019-0050
  5. Tromans, S., Chester, V., Gemegah, E., Roberts, K., Morgan, Z., Yao, Q.L., & Brugha, T. (2021). Autism Identification across Ethnic Groups: A Review. Advances in Autism, 7(3) 241-255. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/AIA-03-2020-0017/full/html


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