Dr Sarah Carrington

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

United Kingdom

Room: SW509a

Tel: 0121 204 4322
: s.carrington@aston.ac.uk

Research Group

Basic & Applied Neurosciences

Dr Sarah Carrington
  • 2009 - DPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2004 - MSc Neuroscience, University of Oxford
  • 2003 – BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
  • 2015 - Current: Lecturer, School of Life and Health Sciences (Psychology), Aston University.
  • 2015 - Current: Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
  • 2010 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University.
  • 2009 - 2010: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Oxford Autism Research Group, University of Oxford.

I have two strands of research, both of which focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The first strand relates to the behavioural symptoms, particularly in relation to our growing understanding of autism as a spectrum.  The second strand has involved both functional and structural imaging of the brain in autism.  My overall research aim is to combine these two strands to develop a better understanding of the link between the clinical and neurobiological profiles of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

My most recent work has focused on the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and I am part of an international collaboration of researchers and clinicians working with an instrument called the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO).  We have used the DISCO to test the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and I led a series of studies to develop an abbreviated form of the interview.  You can find more information about this research and clinical training provided as part of a Welsh Government Strategy at the following site:


  • Wellcome Trust. Longitudinal follow-up of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: A study of individuals at high risk for schizophrenia. PI: Van den Bree, M.B. Co-Is: Owen, M.J., Thapar, A., Doherty, J., van Goozen, S., Leekam S.R., Carrington, S.J., Jones, D.K. (2012) £69,579.
  • Cardiff University Community Engagement Team. Developing web content on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research for Families affected by ASD. PI: Carrington, S.J. Co-I: Lidstone, J. (2012) £490.
  • NMHRI White matter alterations in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: a pilot study PI: Carrington, S.J. Co-I: Van den Bree, M.B., Leekam, S.R., Jones, D.K., Owen, M.J. (2012) £4,964.75.
  • ESRC. Integrating research and practice in autism spectrum disorders. Co-Is: Leekam, S. R. & Carrington, S. J. (2010). £124,403.40 (FEC). July 2011-Sept 2012.

 Recent Publications