Beverley Winn

Research group:
Developmental & Health Psychology
Email:
WinnB@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70839
Location:
58, Park Place

Research summary

Doctoral Research: The REACH Project

The primary aim of the REACH project is to consider the relationship between adult symptoms of autism and the quality of couple relationships and whether these associations have implications for adult mental health and well-being.

Teaching summary

2012-2013: Postgraduate marker BSc /BA undergraduate first year FSM module essays.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

REACH Project
Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health and wellbeing.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition demonstrate neurological and developmental challenges that impact on their ability to predict the intentions of others. Difficulty predicting the intentions of others affects the ability to attend to the most relevant information, process that information and problem solve. This can result in confusion, low self-esteem, heightened anxiety and social withdrawal, with implications for the forging and maintenance of social relationships. Little is known about how adult symptoms of autism impact on couple relationship satisfaction, co-parenting, broader indices of family functioning and the implications, in turn, for individual mental health and well-being.

The REACH project is a 5 year project that will use mixed methodology. The first phase of the project was conducted during 2013. Interviews were conducted with couples where one or both have a formal diagnosis of ASC. Current analysis will inform a larger study to be conducted 2014/2015.

Research Impact

As a direct result of the dissemination of the REACH project, I created, developed and currently co- facilitate the first ASC Couples Support Group in Wales at the invitation of Vale of Glamorgan Council Autism Adult Support Services. This group aims to connect ASC couples and partners with other couples in order to support one another and to provide an opportunity for social interaction which is often a challenge for individuals with ASC. The meetings also provide an opportunity for couples to share their coping strategies and suggestions within the group. The group meets each month: http://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/home.php?page_id=8408

Funding

Cardiff School of Psychology PhD Studentship  
Remedi – Research Award 2013

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology
Dr Katherine Shelton (Principal Supervisor)

Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC)
Professor Susan Leekam (Chair of the Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University) and 2nd Supervisor

Research collaborators

Dr Wendy Keay-Bright, Reader,  Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Darren Walker, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Deborah Clayton, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Undergraduate education

2007 - 2010: BSc Psychology – Department of Applied Psychology University of Wales institute Cardiff (UWIC) – 2:1

Postgraduate education

2010 - 2012: MSc Health Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University - Distinction

2013: PhD: REACH Project – Supervised by Dr Katherine Shelton and Professor Susan Leekam

2015: BPS Practitioner Certificate in Health Psychology (Stage 2) - Supervised by Dr Caroline Limbert

Conference presentations/presentations

International talks

June 2011: Autism Cymru 4th International Conference: ‘Harnessing repetitive behaviours in a playful sensory environment’

Selected internal talks

December 2014: Wales Autism Research Centre: Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH).

November 2014: Postgraduate Conference, School of Psychology:  Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH).

November 2013: Wales Autism Research Centre: Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH).

July 2011: Cardiff University School of Humanities (ASPAARG): ‘Harnessing repetitive behaviours in children with low functioning autism in a playful sensory environment’.

November 2013: Wales Autism Research Centre: Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH).

July 2011: Cardiff University School of Humanities (ASPAARG): ‘Harnessing repetitive behaviours in children with low functioning autism in a playful sensory environment’.

External talks

February 2014: Gwent Magistrates Youth Panel: Autism Spectrum    Condition – Implications for the youth justice system

August 2013: Rougemont Independent School Teacher’s Workshop: Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Condition: Strategies

June 2013: National Autistic Society Bridgend Branch Parent support group: Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couple relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH)

June 2013: Independent Schools Deputy Headmasters Conference (East Wales & West England Independent Schools Group): Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Condition: Strategies

January 2011: Teachers and academic staff, Kings Monkton Independent College, Cardiff: ‘Teaching Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Strategies’.

May 2011: University of Wales institute Cardiff (UWIC): ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Exclusion to Inclusion’.

Awards/external committees

2013-: Remedi Research Award. Remedi supports medical research in all aspects of rehabilitation and disability in the UK.
2013 -: Contributor & Member of Science of Relationships.
2013-: Contributor & Member of The Love Research Network, St Andrews University, Scotland, UK.
2013-: Member of the International Association for Relationship Research.
2010-: Member of the ASPARRG - Autism Spectrum People and Religion Research Group, Cardiff University.
2010-: Member of the Bristol Autism Research Group.
2010-: Member of Cross Party Autism Group in Wales.
2010-: Member of the Learning Disability and Autism Network.
2010-: Member of International Society for Autism Research.
2010-: Member of Cardiff Autism Research Group.

Responsibilities

2010 Parent Consultant, Wales Autism Research Centre:

As the Parent Consultant for the Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC) an important aspect of my role is to liaise between parents and researchers and to provide the parent perspective to the research team and facilitate communication between parents and researchers. Assisting parents & care-givers with any requests, questions or needs they may have in relation to the Centre’s research is very important to me. I work with the rest of the team to ensure that the environment is comfortable and friendly and sensitive to visitors with an ASC.

2010-:  Member of Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC):

I have worked on the re-design of the parent pages of WARC’s webpages. I have also assisted with organising events such as WARC annual open days, and involving WARC with other organisations such as collaboration with Autism Cymru, the National Autistic Society and the Welsh Government. In addition, I assist with organising promotional materials, newsletters and annual reports. I have previously worked on a number of WARC research projects.

Employment

2010-: Parent Consultant (Wales Autism Research Centre)
2010 – 2012: Postgraduate Research Assistant (Cardiff University)
2010 – 2011: Undergraduate Research Assistant (Cardiff University)