Meet the SSBP Executive Committee 2019

Professor Patricia Howlin


London, United Kingdom

Patricia Howlin is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Current research focuses on the lives of older autistic adults, and also invoves tirals of home and school based interventions for young children with autism. Patricia is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the international Society for Autism Research. She is President of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes and past Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. She is a founding editor of the journal “Autism” and author of over 200 research publications.

Dr Honey Heussler


Brisbane, Australia

Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician with a dual qualification in Sleep Medicine.


Honey trained initially at University of Queensland, Australia and the Mater Chidlren’s Hospital before spending time in Melbourne at the RWH and RCH ( Murdoch Institute). Her Doctorate in the Behavioural and Attentional consequences of Adenotonsillectomy was completed through the University of Nottingham where she was a Lecturer in Community Paediatrics.


She has a significant role in teaching and assessment in the Paediatrics and Child Health rotation and has a strong interest in medical education. Her clinical work involves children with a variety of Developmental and Behavioural problems as well as a number of clinics that specialise in Sleep disorders for this population. She also runs a specialised clinics for some genetic disorders.


She has a number of research interests that reflect her clinical practice.

Dr Andre Strydom


London, United Kingdom

Dr André Strydom (MRCPsych, MSc, PhD) is a Professor in Intellectual Disabilities at the world-leading Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, where his research is focused on mental disorders in adults with neurodevelopmental conditions, including Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. 


Professor Strydom is particularly interested in ageing-related conditions such as dementia in adults with Intellectual Disability and Down syndrome. He is the chief investigator of the LonDownS consortium which consists of several research groups from prominent London universities (KCL, UCL, QMUoL, Birkbeck and the Crick Institute) collaborating on various aspects of  Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome. One of the important aims of the consortium is to deliver the knowledge, tools and expertise that is necessary to enable clinical trials of treatment to prevent or delay the onset of dementia in individuals with Down syndrome.


He is also involved in developing and evaluating complex interventions in adults with intellectual disabilities such as positive behaviour support for challenging behaviour, and cognitive behaviour therapy for depression, as well as RCTs of medication treatments to reduce morbidity associated with intellectual disabilities.


Professor Strydom works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities at the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Anna Jansen


Brussells, Belgium

Prof Anna Jansen is a paediatric neurologist at UZ Brussel in Belgium. She is affiliated to the Neurogenetics Research Group and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has a Senior Clinical Investigator Fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Her research focusses on sleep disorders in tuberous sclerosis complex and TSC-associated neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as on elucidating the genetic origins of developmental brain malformations. 

Dr Jane Waite


London, United Kingdom

Dr Jane Waite is a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at Aston University. Jane completed her PhD in the behavioural phenotype of Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, and then continued her research into rare genetic syndromes including Cornelia de Lange, Williams, Kleefstra, Lowe and Biedl Bardet syndromes.


Jane has also worked extensively on online resources Further Inform Neurogenetic Disorders (FIND) with the aim of improving knowledge exchange between families and professionals. Jane’s current research focuses on factors that influence mental health outcomes across and within genetic disorders, with a specific focus on low mood, anxiety and temper outbursts.

Dr Kate Woodcock


Birmingham, United Kingdom

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Applied Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.  My research focuses on young people who face behavoural and emotional difficulties, examining factors that come together to precipitate these.  My team applies this knowledge to the development of intervention strategies.  For example, caregiver led behavioural support, cognitive training, and early intervention. Several lines of our work include a focus on individuals with genetic syndromes ( I gained my PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2008.  Two years of my Postdoctoral Research were at Peking University. I held a lectureship at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast until 2017.

Randi Hagerman


Sacramento, California, USA

Randi Hagerman MD is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the University of California Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento California. Her work includes targeted treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders including fragile X syndrome, premutation involvement and autism. She has an Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and she is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics. Her research also includes adults with the Fragile X-associated Tremor Ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) which is a

neurodegenerative disorders associated with the premutation. Molecular-clinical correlations, environmental toxicity, quantitative outcome measures and innovative targeted treatments are research areas of interest. She has done extensive international work on fragile X disorders in Colombia, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Canada, Australia and the Philippines.

Mrs Elizabeth Walmsley


Bourne End, United Kingdom

Dr Martin Bax


London, United Kingdom

Committee Members