Dr Andrew Surtees BSc., PhD, ClinPsyD.

Dr Andrew Surtees

School of Psychology
Associate Professor in Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Andrew Surtees is an expert in social cognition, autism and mental health.  He combines cutting-edge research on social understanding in typical and atypical populations with practice as a Clinical Psychologist.


BSc. (Hons.), PhD., ClinPsyD


Dr Andrew Surtees completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham on the cognitive processes implicated in social and spatial perspective-taking.  He was awarded a Research Fellowship by Marie Curie Actions for the European Commission and Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, which he undertook at Université catholique de Louvain.  During this time, he extended his work on the cognitive and neural processes involved in perspective-taking, employing EEG and fMRI.  Further to this, he completed training as a Clinical Psychologist.  He combines being a lecturer at Birmingham, with working as a Clinical Psychologist for Birmingham Children’s Hospital; in this role, he specializes in assessing autism in children and young adults with comorbid mental health problems.


Dr. Surtees mainly teaches on the department’s Clinical Psychology programmes, specialising in Developmental Disorders and Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Surtees regularly supervises postgraduate students. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with him, please contact him via email.


Research Interests: 

Social Cognition, Theory of Mind, Autism, Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

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Other activities

Dr Surtees is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professional Council.  He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and the International Pediatric Sleep Association.


Highlight publications

Parsons, L, Howes, AE, Jones, C & Surtees, A 2023, 'Changes in parental sleep from pregnancy to postpartum: a meta-analytic review of actigraphy studies', Sleep Medicine Reviews, vol. 68, 101719. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2022.101719

Surtees, A & Andrew, T 2021, 'Are knowledge- and belief-reasoning automatic, and is this the right question?', Behavioural and Brain Sciences, vol. 44, e172. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X20001880

Mingins, JE, Tarver, J, Waite, J, Surtees, AD & Jones, CA 2020, 'Anxiety and intellectual functioning in autistic children: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Autism: the international journal of research and practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320953253

Howes, AE, Burns, ME & Surtees, ADR 2021, 'Barriers, facilitators, and experiences of the autism assessment process: a systematic review of qualitative research with health professionals', Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 449-460. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000413

Deliens, G, Bukowski, H, Slama, H, Surtees, A, Cleeremans, A, Samson, D & Peigneux, P 2018, 'The impact of sleep deprivation on visual perspective taking', Journal of Sleep Research, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 175-183. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12595

Recent publications


Surtees, A, Briscoe, H & Todd, A 2024, 'Anxiety and Mentalizing: Uncertainty as a Driver of Egocentrism', Current Directions in Psychological Science, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214231217314

O’Sullivan, R, Bissell, S, Agar, G, Spiller, J, Surtees, A, Heald, M, Clarkson, E, Khan, A, Oliver, C, Bagshaw, AP & Richards, C 2024, 'Exploring an objective measure of overactivity in children with rare genetic syndromes', Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, vol. 16, no. 1, 18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11689-024-09535-y

Altaweel, N, Upthegrove, R, Surtees, A, Durdurak, B & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Personality traits as risk factors for relapse or recurrence in major depression: a systematic review', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 14, 1176355. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1176355

Allen, S, Goodall, T, Jones, C, James, R & Surtees, A 2023, 'What is the prevalence of visual hallucinations in a first-episode psychosis population? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature', Schizophrenia Bulletin Open, vol. 4, no. 1, sgad002. https://doi.org/10.1093/schizbullopen/sgad002

Farr, J, Surtees, ADR, Richardson, H & Michail, M 2021, 'Exploring the processes involved in seeking help from a general practitioner for young people who have been at risk of suicid', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 4, 2120, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042120

Laverty, C, Surtees, A, O'Sullivan, R, Sutherland, D, Jones, C & Richards, C 2021, 'The prevalence and profile of autism in individuals born preterm: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, vol. 13, 41. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11689-021-09382-1

Trickett, J, Oliver, C, Heald, M, Denyer, H, Surtees, A, Clarkson, E, Gringras, P & Richards, C 2020, 'Sleep in children with Smith-Magenis syndrome: a case-control actigraphy study', Sleep, vol. 43, no. 4, zsz260. https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz260

Trickett, J, Oliver, C, Heald, M, Denyer, H, Surtees, A, Clarkson, E, Gringras, P & Richards, C 2019, 'Multi-Method Assessment of Sleep in Children With Angelman Syndrome: A Case-Controlled Study', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 10, 874. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00874

Surtees, ADR, Richards, C, Clarkson, EL, Heald, M, Trickett, J, Denyer, H, Crawford, H & Oliver, C 2019, 'Sleep problems in autism spectrum disorders: a comparison to sleep in typically developing children using actigraphy, diaries and questionnaires', Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, vol. 67, 101439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.101439

Schurz, M, Kronbichler, M, Weissengruber, S, Surtees, A & Perner, J 2018, 'Measuring visual perspective taking in the brain with avatars and arrows: Which question are we asking?', NeuroImage, vol. 181, pp. 814-817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.07.048

Surtees, A, Oliver, C, Jones, C, Evans, D & Richards, C 2017, 'Sleep duration and sleep quality in people with and without intellectual disability: A meta-analysis', Sleep Medicine Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2017.11.003

Surtees, A, Apperly, I & Samson, D 2016, 'I’ve got your number: spontaneous perspective-taking in an interactive task', Cognition, vol. 150, pp. 43-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.01.014


Laverty, C, Surtees, A, O’Sullivan, R, Sutherland, D, Jones, C & Richards, C 2021, 'Correction to: The prevalence and profile of autism in individuals born preterm: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (2021), 13, 1, (41), 10.1186/s11689-021-09382-1)', Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, vol. 13, no. 1, 62. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11689-021-09402-0


Pearson, A, Surtees, A, Crompton, CJ, Goodall, C, Pillai, D, Sedgewick, F & Au-Yeung, SK 2022, 'Editorial: Addressing community priorities in autism research', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 1040446. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1040446

Review article

Browne, E, King, J & Surtees, A 2023, 'Sleep in people with and without Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.13093

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