Dr Andrew Surtees BSc., PhD, ClinPsyD.

Dr Andrew Surtees

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology

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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.


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

Surtees, A. D. R., Oliver, C., Jones, C., Evans, D, & Richards, C. (2018). Shorter duration and poorer quality sleep in people with intellectual disabilities: A meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews.

Deliens, G., Bukowski, H., Slama, H., Surtees, A. D. R., Cleeremans, A., Samson& Peigneux, P (2018). The impact of sleep on visual perspective-taking. Journal of Sleep Research

Surtees, A. D. R., Apperly, I., & Samson, D. (2016). I’ve got your number: Spontaneous perspective-taking in an interactive task. Cognition150, 43-52.

Surtees, A. D. R., Samson, D., & Apperly, I. (2016). Unintentional perspective-taking calculates whether something is seen, but not how it is seen. Cognition148, 97-105.

Schurz, M., Kronbichler, M., Weissengruber, S., Surtees, A. D. R., Samson, D., & Perner, J. (2015). Clarifying the role of theory of mind areas during visual perspective taking: Issues of spontaneity and domain-specificity.NeuroImage.

Phillips, J., Ong, D.C., Surtees, A. D. R., Xin, Y., Williams, S., Saxe, R. & Frank, M. C. (2015). A second look at automatic theory of mind: Reconsidering Kovács, Téglás, and Endress (2010). Psychological Science.

Surtees, A. D. R., Apperly, I., & Samson, D. (2013). Similarities and differences in visual and spatial perspective-taking processes.Cognition129(2), 426-438.

Surtees, A. D. R., Apperly, I., & Samson, D. (2013). The use of embodied self-rotation for visual and spatial perspective-taking.Frontiers in human neuroscience7.

Surtees, A. D. R. & Apperly, I.A (2012) Automatic visual perspective-taking in children and adults. Child Development. 83 (2), 452-460.

Surtees, A. D. R., Apperly, I.A. & Noordzij, M. L. (2012), How to lose yourself in space: Children and adults’ use of frames of reference and perspectives. Developmental Psychology. 48(1),185-191.

Surtees, A. D. R., Butterfill, S. A. & Apperly, I. A. (2012) Direct and indirect measures of level-2 perspective-taking in children and adults. British Journal of Developmental Psychology: Special issue on implicit/explicit false belief reasoning. 30 (1),75-86.

McCleery, J.P., Surtees, A. D. R., Graham, K.A., Richards, J. & Apperly, I.A. (2011). The neural and cognitive time-course of theory of mind. Journal of Neuroscience31(36): 12849-12854.

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