Dr Kelly Wade MRes, ClinPsyD

School of Psychology
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Cerebra Network Co-ordinator

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Dr Kelly Wade is a Post Graduate Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist with an interest in the role of pain and physical health problems in the behaviour of children with intellectual disability. Dr Wade’s research aims to increase our understanding of the interaction between pain and behaviour, as well as working to improve clinical methods of identifying pain and painful health conditions in people who cannot verbally communicate their internal experiences.


BSc Psychology.

MRes Psychology



Dr Kelly Wade completed her MRes at the University of Birmingham working with Prof Chris Oliver and the Cerebra Centre team. She went on from this to work with Prof Tony Holland at the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group at the University of Cambridge. Kelly undertook Clinical Psychology training in 2016 and spent time working clinically at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital before taking up her current post with Dr Caroline Richards supporting the development of the newly established Cerebra Network.


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


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

Clare, I.C.H., Wade, K., Ranke, N., Whitson, S., Lilywhite, A., Jones, E., … & Holland, A.J. (2019) Specialist community teams for adults with learning disabilities: referrals to a countywide service in England. Tizard Learning Disability Review

Wilde, L., Wade, K., Eden, K., Moss, J., de Vries, P. J. & Oliver, C. (2018). Persistence of self-injury, aggression and property destruction in children and adults with tuberous sclerosis complex. Journal of intellectual disability research

Clare, I.C.H., Wade, K., Bolton, S., Wagner, A.P., Steven, T. & 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.

Clare, I.C.H., Madden, E.M., Holland, A.J., Farrington, C.J.T., Whitson, S., Broughton S., Lilywhite, A., Jones, E., Wade, K., Redley, M. & Wagner, A.P. (2017)  ‘What vision?’: Experiences of team members in a community service for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

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