Dr Sarah Cassidy

Suicide research and autism:

Dr Sarah Cassidy is currently a Research Associate in Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. After completing a PhD in Psychology at Nottingham University, she worked at the Autism Research Centre (ARC) as Database Manager, at the University of Cambridge. She now holds an honorary position at the ARC, and is leading a program of research in collaboration between Coventry and Cambridge into the risk factors for suicide in adults with autism spectrum conditions, as well as the protective factors suicide prevention in autism. The collaboration is funded by NIHR CLAHRC East of England. This builds on an important study published whilst she was at the ARC and conducted with patients who attended the CLASS clinic (Cassidy, S, Bradley, P, Robinson, J, Allison, C, McHugh, M, & Baron-Cohen, S, (2014) Suicidal ideation and suicide plans or attempts in adults with Asperger’s syndrome attending a specialist diagnostic clinic: a clinical cohort study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 1, 142–47.)

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