Dr Dougal Hare

Research Director

029 208 70702
Tower Building, Park Place

Areas of interest

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Psychological constructionism [Q methodology & personal construct psychology]


Originally from West Cumbria, I read psychology at St Aidans College, Durham (1982-85) before undertaking post-graduate studies in social psychology at the London School of Economics and Social Science (1986-87). After a period working in community learning disability and dementia services in East Yorkshire, I completed my clinical training at Leeds University (1991-1994), where I was introduced to the Q methodology and repertory grid methods that I continue to use in research on professional training and practice. Since qualifying, I have worked in community and specialist intellectual disability and autism services in the NHS, charity and private sectors across the UK. I joined the Manchester clinical training programme in 1999 where I held the post of Research Director until 2015 when I moved to take up the same position on the South Wales programme. Since moving to Cardiff, we have recently re-organised the research components of the South Wales programme to enable all trainees to not only undertake high-quality empirical research but also to publish and disseminate their work as widely as possible.

My clinical and research interests have always focused on neurological disorders, whether developmental or acquired, and for the past decade, I have engaged with and contributed to the exciting and rapidly developing field of behavioural phenotypes in genetic disorders. Much of my recent research work has been ¬†multidisciplinary, working with clinical psychologists, paediatricians and genetics and, most importantly, with families via the various ‘syndrome societies’, on behavioural phenotypes, autistic symptomatology and parental coping and stress in a range of genetic conditions including Sanfilippo syndrome, Retts syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and phenylketonuria. To date, I have published over 90 papers and book chapters, the majority in conjunction with my DClinPsy and MPhil students and recently co-edited the book Attachment in Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Clinician’s guide to Practice and Research.

I am active within the DCP at both local and national levels and currently sit on the executive committee of the Faculty for Intellectual Disabilities and I was the co-chair of the DCP Conference Committee (2012-2017).

In terms of clinical training, I am keen to ‘future proof’ our profession to meet the challenges of the 21th century, including the need to support and care for people with dementia and other progressive conditions and people with what we know to be a range of heterogenic forms of intellectual and developmental disorders. To this end, I hold to the view that clinical psychology is an applied science based on objective empirical research and as such, I strongly support the development and implementation of evidence-based expertise and practice and an emphasis on public health as the basis of our professional practice.

Outside of work, I am interested in many things unrelated to clinical psychology and if you go to the website RMWeb, you will find me under the cryptic but entirely apt username of ‘CKPR'.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications