Dr Kelly Wade MRes, ClinPsyD

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

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As an academic tutor on the ClinPsyD course Dr Kelly Wade contributes to the teaching of our clinical psychology trainees and supporting them through to qualification. Dr Wade currently oversee the teaching on Behavioural Psychology and Personal and Professional Development. She continues to collaborate with colleagues from the Cerebra Network, producing research to deliver greater insight into people with rare and complex syndromes associated with intellectual disability.


BSc Psychology.

MRes Psychology



Dr Kelly Wafe 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. Dr Wade returned to the University of Birmingham to undertake the ClinPsyD, qualifying in 2019 to work as a Clinical Psychologist in 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 with the Cerebra Network.


  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders and rare genetic syndromes
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Impact and identification of pain and painful health conditions


Oliver, C., Ellis, K., Agar, G., Bissell, S., Chung, J. C. Y., Crawford, H., ... Wade, K. & Woodcock, K. (2022). Distress and challenging behavior in people with profound or severe intellectual disability and complex needs: Assessment of causes and evaluation of intervention outcomes. In Contemporary Issues in Evaluating Treatment Outcomes in Neurodevelopmental Disorders(pp. 109-189). Academic Press Inc.

Clare, I.C.H., Wade, K.A., Ranke, N., Whitson, S., Lillywhite, A., Jones, E., Broughton, S., Wagner, A. and Holland, A.J. (2019), "Specialist community teams for adults with learning disabilities: referrals to a countywide service in England", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 41-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-05-2018-0015

Wilde, L., Wade, K., Eden, K., Moss, J., de Vries, P. J., and Oliver, C. (2018) Persistence of self-injury, aggression and property destruction in children and adults with tuberous sclerosis complex. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62: 1058– 1071. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12472

Clare, I.C.H., Wade, K.A., Bolton, S., Wagner, A.P., Steven, T. and Holland, A.J. (2018), "The use of anti-psychotic and other psychotropic medication in a specialist community service for adults with learning disabilities", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 12-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-02-2017-0009

Clare, I. C. H., Madden, E. M., Holland, A. J., Farrington, C. J. T., Whitson, S., Broughton, S., Lillywhite, A., Jones, E., Wade, K. A., Redley, M., and Wagner, A. P. (2017) ‘What vision?’: experiences of Team members in a community service for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61: 197– 209. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12312

Wade, K., Brown, C., Oliver, C., & Richards, C. (in prep). Behavioural indicators of gastric distress in children with intellectual disability and preliminary validation of the Gastric Distress Questionnaire.

Wade, K., Brown, C., Jones, C., & Richards, C. (in prep). Observational measures used to detect pain in children: A meta-analysis.

Wade, K., Trower, H., & Crawford, H., (in prep). Physical Health Problems in Neurogenetic Syndromes: A Cross Syndrome Analysis.