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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

  • 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


  • 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






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