Dr Kelly Wade MRes, ClinPsyD

Dr Kelly Wade

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

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Dr Kelly Wade oversees teaching on Behavioural Psychology and Personal and Professional Development for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. In her clinical practice and research she specialises in supporting families facing complex and chronic health problems, including genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability.


  • ClinPsyD, University of Birmingham 2019
  • MRes, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • BSc, University of Birmingham, 2012


Dr Kelly Wade completed her MRes at the University of Birmingham working with Professor Chris Oliver and Dr Lucy Wilde as part of the Cerebra Centre team. Following this, she joined the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group at the University of Cambridge where she contributed to research with local community teams for adults with intellectual disabilities. Dr Wade returned to the University of Birmingham to undertake the ClinPsyD, qualifying in 2019 to work as a Clinical Psychologist at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. 

Alongside her role on the ClinPsyD, she continues work clinically in a local peri-natal psychology service as well as contributing to research in neurodevelopmental differences and intellectual disabilities as part of the Cerebra Network.


Dr Wade teaches on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Postgraduate supervision

Current ClinPsyD research projects:

  • Exploring pica and its correlates in people with intellectual disability, what separates it from other behaviours that challenge? (co-supervised by Professor Caroline Richards)
  • An evaluation of an identity based post-diagnosis therapeutic group for autistic young people (co-supervised by Dr Charlie Bamford)


  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders and rare genetic syndromes
  • Self-injury and aggression towards the self and others in intellectual disability
  • Impact and identification of pain and painful health conditions
  • Service use and multi-disciplinary intervention