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Clare Allely is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Clare is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences affiliated to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow.
Clare holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Manchester and has previously graduated with an MA (hons.) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, an MRes in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc degree in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. Between June 2011 and June 2014, Clare worked at the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher.
Recent projects include a systematic review exploring pain in individuals with autism spectrum disorder; one exploring neurobiological abnormalities in the first few years of life in individuals later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and another investigating the neurodevelopmental profile of serial killers which was published in the journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior.
Current research projects and interests include autism spectrum disorders in the criminal justice system and research exploring brain injury or neurodevelopmental disorders in forensic populations. Clare is also currently working on some book chapters including one looking at the neurobiology of brain injury in relation to single and multiple homicide.
Multidisciplinary Collaborative on Sexual Crime and Violence
I am a ember of a team of serial murder experts who participate in the Multidisciplinary Collaborative on Sexual Crime and Violence. One product of the collaboration is the Serial Killer Database Project, a catalogue of serial murderers who fit the FBI definition.
Mellow Parenting Specialist Advisory Group
I am a member (with a remit for research) of the Mellow Parenting Specialist Advisory Group. Mellow Parenting is a family of programmes developed to support parents and their children in making good relationships. The foundation of all the programmes is attachment theory with particular emphasis on the transmission of attachment and relationship styles across generations. Mellow Parenting is a Scottish based charity but operates in a number of international countries including: Iceland, Russia, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Tajikistan. For more information on Mellow Parenting please visit the website which can be found here: http://www.mellowparenting.org/
The Advocate’s Gateway
At the invitation of Professor Penny Cooper (Kingston Law School, Kingston University London) I have collaborated with her and other specialist colleagues as a ‘research expert’ for The Advocate's Gateway in order to raise awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders amongst legal practitioners (theadvocatesgateway.org). Psychology is playing a bigger part in court cases in terms of the judges’, lawyers’ and jurors’ understanding of the accused and witnesses. Please see link below for the toolkit which I was one of the contributors to Crane, L., Maras, K., Forshaw, S., Griffiths, H., Henry, L., Johnson, H., Mattison, M., & Richardson, S. (2015). Toolkit for The Advocate's Gateway, entitled 'Witnesses and Defendants with Autism: Memory and Sensory Issues'. http://www.theadvocatesgateway.org/images/toolkits/15witnessesanddefendantswithautismmemoryandsensoryissues060315.pdf
Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Gothenburg
I am an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) at Gothenburg University, Sweden. I am currently working on a number of papers with colleagues from the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre including Professor Christopher Gillberg, Professor Elisabeth Fernell, Professor Eva Billstedt and Dr Sebastian Lundström. Please see link to profile and GNC website: http://gnc.gu.se/english/research-staff-&-associates/allely--clare
Interdisciplinary Project Involvement at the University of Glasgow
I am part of an interdisciplinary team of philosophers and scientists who have just been awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation for an interdisciplinary project entitled: The Value of Suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experience. This project is based in the Philosophy Department at the University of Glasgow. The team includes researchers from a variety of institutions and Universities internationally including the University of Oslo; Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and the College of William & Mary Williamsburg (Department of Philosophy) in Virginia. Watch this video for more information on the project: http://vimeo.com/103857681