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Members of the Centre for Neurodiversity & Development  have published extensively on many different aspects (e.g. cognition, behaviour, psychopathology, education, intervention) of various neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Literacy Difficulties, Williams Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome) as illustrated below. Here is a selection of their more recent publications.  For a more comprehensive list, you can refer to each member’s profile page, or search Durham Research Online. 


  • Kleberg, J. L., Hallman, A. E. Z., Galazka, M. A., Riby, D. M., Bölte, S., Willfors, C., …Nordgren, A. (2023). No transfer of arousal from other’s eyes in Williams syndrome. Scientific Reports, 13(1), Article 18397. 
  • Sideropoulos, V., Van Herwegen, J., Meuleman, B., Alessandri, M., Alnemary, F. M., Rad, J. A., …Riby, D.M, Samson, A. C. (2023). Anxiety, concerns and COVID-19: Cross-country perspectives from families and individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. Journal of Global Health, 13, Article 04081.
  • Kleberg, J., Willfors, C., Björlin Avdic, H., Riby, D., Galazka, M., Guath, M., …Strannegård, C. (2023). Social feedback enhances learning in Williams syndrome. Scientific Reports, 13, Article 164. 
  • Williams, Z. J., Schaaf, R., Ausderau, K. K., Baranek, G. T., Barrett, D. J., Cascio, C. J., Dumont, R.L., Eyoh, E.E., Failla, M.D., Feldman, J.I., Foss-Feig, J.H., Green, H.L., Green, S.A., He, J.L., Kaplan-Kahn, E.A., Keçeli-Kaysılı, B., MacLennan, K., Mailloux, Z., Marco, E.J., Mash, L.E., McKernan, E.P., Molholm, S., Mostofsky, S.H., Puts, N.A.J., Robertson, C.E., Russo, N., Shea, N., Sideris, J., Sutcliffe, J.S., Tavassoli, T., Wallace, M.T., Wodka, E.L., & Woynaroski, T. G. (2023). Examining the latent structure and correlates of sensory reactivity in autism: A multi-site integrative data analysis by the Autism Sensory Research Consortium. Molecular Autism, 14(31).
  • Manning, C., Williams, G., & MacLennan, K. (2023). Sensory-inclusive spaces for autistic people: we need to build the evidence base. Autism. 27(6), 1511–1515. 
  • Welch,C., Aggarwal J., Jachyra, P., Loftin, R., Nguyen, J., Perry,B., Picciolini, C., Elder J., Senman, L.; Stevenson, S., Westphal, A., Wijekoon, S., Penner, M. Weaponized autism": A discourse analysis of Gab posts. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


  • Gillooly, A. Riby, D. M. Durkin, K. & Rhodes, S. M. (2022). Friendships in children with Williams syndrome: Parent and child perspectives. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Ridley, E., Arnott, B., Riby, D. M., Burt, M. D., Hanley, M. & Leekam, S. R. (2022). The Quality of Everyday Eye Contact in Williams Syndrome: Insights from Cross-syndrome Comparisons. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 127(4): 293-312. 
  • Kleberg, Johan Lundin, Riby, Deborah, Fawcett, Christine, Bjorlin Avdic, Hanna, Frick, Matilda A., Brocki, Karin C., Hogstrom, Jens, Serlachius, Eva, Nordgren, Ann & Willfors, Charlotte (2022). Williams syndrome: reduced orienting to other’s eyes in a hypersocial phenotype. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 1-12. 
  • Stanford, C.E., Hastings, R.P., Riby, D.M., Archer, H.J., Page, S.E. & Cebula, K. (2022). Psychological Distress and Positive Gain in Mothers of Children with Autism, With or Without Other Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities 68(4): 479-484. 
  • MacLennan, K., Woolley, C., @21andsensory, E., Heasman, B., Starns, J., George, B., & Manning, C. (2022). “It is a big spider web of things”: Sensory experiences of autistic adults in public spaces. Autism in Adulthood. 
  • MacLennan, K., Verhulst, I., Haffey, A., & Tavassoli, T. (2022). The perceived causal relations between sensory reactivity differences and anxiety symptoms in autistic adults. 4(3), 183-192. Autism in Adulthood.  
  • Rossow, T., MacLennan, K., & Tavassoli, T. (2022). The predictive relationship between sensory reactivity and depressive symptoms in young autistic children with few to no words. J Autism Dev Disord. 53, 2384–2394. 
  • Wright Stein, S., Alexander, R., Mann, JT., Schneider, C., Zhang, S, Alexander, R, Gibson BE, Gabison S., Jachyra, P., & Mosleh D. (2022). Understanding disability in healthcare: Exploring perceptions of parents of young people with autism spectrum disorder. Disability and Rehabilitation.  
  • Smith, B., Netherway, J., Jachyra, P., Bone, Ly., Baxter, B., Blackshaw, J., & Foster, C. (2022). Infographic to communicate physical activity guidelines for disabled children and disabled young people.  British Journal of Sports Medicine, 56, (10),588-589.  
  • Lunsky, Y, Lai, M-C., Balogh, R., Chung, H., Durbin, H., Jachyra, P., Tint, A., Weiss, J., & Lin E. Premature Mortality in a Population-based Cohort of Autistic Adults in Canada. Premature Mortality in a Population-based Cohort of Autistic Adults in Canada. Autism Research. (2022). . 


  • South, M., Hanley, M., Normansell-Mossa, K., Russell, N. C. C., Cawthorne, T. & Riby, D. M. (2021). ‘Intolerance of Uncertainty’ mediates the relationship between social profile and anxiety in both Williams Syndrome and autism. Autism Research 14(9): 1986-1995.  
  • Willfors., C., Riby, D. M., Van Der Poll, M., Ekholm, K., Avdic Björlin, H., Kleberg, J. L., & Nordgren, A. (2021). Williams syndrome: On the role of intellectual abilities in anxiety. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
  • Sideropoulos, V., Dukes, D., Hanley, M., Palikara, O, Rhodes, S., Riby, D. M., & Samson, A. C. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on anxiety and wellbeing for families of individuals with Special Education Needs and Disabilities in the UK. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,  DOI 10.1007/s10803-021-05168-5 
  • Grahame, V., Dixon, L., Fletcher-Watson, S., Garland, D., Glod, M., Goodwin, J., Grayson, Z., Heron, S., Honey, E., Iversen, R., Kasim, A. S., Kernohan, A., Kharatikoopaei, E., Le Couteur, A., Mackie, L., Mathias, A., Probert, H., Riby, D. M., Rob, P., Rogan, L., Thompson, S., Vale, L., Walls, E., Webb, E. I., Weetman, E., Wolstenhulme, F., Wood, R., & Rodgers, J.  (2021). A clinical and cost effectiveness trial of a parent group intervention to manage challenging restricted and repetitive behaviours in young children with autism spectrum disorder: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 22(1), 240. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05175-y. 
  • Gillooly, A. E., Riby, D. M., Durkin, K. & Rhodes, S. M. (2021). Peer Relationships in Children with Williams Syndrome: Parent and Teacher Insights. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 51, 169-178. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04503-6 
  • Greer, J., Riby, D. M., McMullon, M., Hamilton, C., & Riby, L. M. (2021). An EEG investigation of alpha and beta activity during resting states in adults with Williams syndrome. BMC Psychology 9(1): 72. 
  • MacLennan, K., O’Brien, S., & Tavassoli, T. (2021). In our own words: The complex sensory experiences of autistic adults. J Autism Dev Disord. 52, 3061–3075.  
  • Maclennan, K., Rossow, T., & Tavassoli, T. (2021). The relationship between sensory reactivity, intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety subtypes in preschool-age autistic children. Autism, 25(8).  
  • Rossow, T., MacLennan, K., & Tavassoli, T. (2021). The relationship between sensory reactivity differences and mental health symptoms in preschool-age autistic children. Autism Research, 14(8). 
  • Jachyra, P., Lai, MC., Zaheer J., Fernandes, N., Dale, M., Sawyer, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2021). Suicidal thoughts and behaviours among autistic adults presenting to the psychiatric emergency department: a pilot chart review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52, 2367-2375. 
  • Lake, J., Jachyra, P., Volpe, T., Lunsky, Y., Magnacca, C., Marcinkiewicz, A., & Hamdani, Y. (2021). The mental health care experiences of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID-19. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities.  
  • Jachyra, P., Anagnostou, E., Gladstone, B., Renwick, R., & Gibson, B.E. (2021). Physical activity participation among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 25, 3, 613-626. Special Issue: Physical Health Across the Lifespan.  


  • Ridley, E., Riby, D. M. & Leekam, S. (2020). A cross-syndrome approach to the social phenotype of neurodevelopmental disorders: Focusing on social vulnerability and social interaction style. Research in Developmental Disabilities 100: 103604. 
  • Luyten, J., Merrell, C. & Tymms, P. (2020). Absolute effects of schooling as a reference for the interpretation of educational intervention effects. Studies in Educational Evaluation  67: 100939.  
  • Elliott, J. (2020). It’s Time to Be Scientific About Dyslexia. Reading Research Quarterly  55(51): 561-575.  
  • Jones, E.K., Hanley, M. & Riby, D.M. (2020). Distraction, Distress and Diversity: Exploring the impact of sensory processing differences on learning and school life for pupils with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 72: 101515. 
  • Gibbs, S. & Elliott, J. (2020). The dyslexia debate: life without the label. Oxford Review of Education  46(4): 487-500. 
  • Hanley, M., Riby, D. M., Derges, MJ., Douligeri, A. Philyaw, Z., Ikeda, T., Monden, Y., Shimoizumi, H., Yamagata, T. & Hirai, M. (2020). Does culture shape face perception in autism? Cross-cultural evidence of the own-race advantage from the UK and Japan. Developmental Science 23(5): e12942. 
  • Heaton, P., Ridley, E., Makhmood, S. & Riby, D.M. (2020). Hearing the feeling: Auditory emotion perception in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities 103: 103660. 
  • McDougal, E. Riby, D. M. & Hanley, M. (2020). Profiles of academic achievement and attention in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities (Special edition) 106: 103749. 
  • Glod, M., Riby, D. M. & Rodgers, J. (2020). Sensory Processing Profiles and Autistic Symptoms as Predictive Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams Syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 64(8): 657-665. 
  • McDougal, E., Riby, D. M. & Hanley, E. (2020). Teacher insights into the barriers and facilitators of learning in autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 79: 101674. 
  • Lopes, J., Gomes, C., Oliveira, C. & Elliott, J. (2020). Research studies on dyslexia: participant inclusion and exclusion criteria. European Journal of Special Needs Education  35(5): 587-602. 
  • MacLennan, K., Roach, L., & Tavassoli, T. (2020). The relationship between sensory reactivity differences and anxiety subtypes in autistic children. Autism Research, 13(5). 


  • Remington, A., Hanley, M., O’Brien, S., Riby, D. M. & Swettenham, J. (2019). Implications of capacity in the classroom: Simplifying tasks for autistic children may not be the answer. Research in Developmental Disabilities 85: 197-204. 
  • Glod, M., Riby, D. M. & Rodgers, J. (2019). Sensory Processing in Williams Syndrome: A Narrative Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7: 32-45. 
  • Glod, Magdalena, Riby, Deborah M. & Rodgers, Jacqui (2019). Short Report: Relationships between Sensory Processing, Repetitive Behaviours, Anxiety, and Intolerance of Uncertainty in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams Syndrome. Autism Research 12(5): 759-765. 
  • Cebula, K., Gillooly, A., Coulthard, L. K., Riby, D. M. & Hastings, R. P. (2019). Siblings of children with Williams syndrome: Correlates of psychosocial adjustment and sibling relationship quality. Research in Developmental Disabilities 94: 103496. 
  • Gurbuz, E., Hanley, M. & Riby, D M. (2019). University Students with Autism: The Social and Academic Experiences of University in the UK. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 49(2): 617-631. 
  • Campos, C., Duck, M., Brazill, L, Malik, S., McQuillan, R., Hartman, L., McPherson, A., Gibson, B.E., & Jachyra, P. (2019). Exploring the role of physiotherapists in the care of children with autism spectrum disorder. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 39, 6, 614-628.