Department of Psychology

Dr Ailsa Russell

Ailsa Russell

Reader (Director of Studies MSc Applied Clinical Psychology)

10West 2.36
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5517


Ailsa Russell is a Reader in the Department of Psychology.  She is a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist and a BABCP accredited CBT therapist.  Ailsa leads on the MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath.  She is the principal investigator on a HTA funded study investigating the feasibility of guided self-help for depression in adults with autism. Research interests include developing effective psychological interventions for people with Autism. 

Research interests

  • Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adapting evidence based psychological interventions for people with developmental disorders
  • Neuropsychological facets of atypical development



Russell, A., Cooper, K., Barton, S., Ensum, I., Gaunt, D., Horwood, J., Ingham, B., Kessler, D., Metcalfe, C., Rai, D., Parr, J. and Wiles, N., 2017. Forthcoming. Protocol for a feasibility study and randomised pilot trial of a low intensity psychological intervention for depression in adults with autism: The Autism Depression Trial (ADEPT). BMJ Open

Mahoney-Davies, G., Roberts-Collins, C., Loades, M. and Russell, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Socialisation to the model in adolescent cognitive behavioural therapy:measurement and insights. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Roberts-Collins, C., Mahoney-Davies, G., Russell, A., Booth, A. and Loades, M., 2017. Emotion awareness and cognitive behaviour therapy in young people with autism spectrum disorder. Autism

Robinson, S., Howlin, P. and Russell, A., 2017. Personality traits, autobiographical memory and knowledge of self and others:a comparative study in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, 21 (3), pp. 357-367.

Cooper, K., Smith, L. and Russell, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Social Identity, Self-Esteem, and Mental Health in Autism. European Journal of Social Psychology

Russell, A., Murphy, C., Wilson, E., Gillan, N., Brown, C., Robertson, D. M., Craig, M. C., Deeley, Q., Zinstok, J., Johnston, K., McAlonan, G. M., Spain, D. and Murphy, D. G. M., 2016. Short Report:the mental health of individuals referred for assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adulthood: A clinic report. Autism, 20 (5), pp. 623-627.

Walters, S., Loades, M. and Russell, A., 2016. A systematic review of effective modifications to cognitive behavioural therapy for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 3 (2), pp. 137-153.

T, C., Deborah, S., Johnston, P., Russell, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Craig, M., Deeley, Q., Robertson, D., Murphy, C., Gillan, N., Wilson, C.E., Mendez, M., Ecker, C., Daly, E., Findon, J., Glaser, K., Happe, F. and Murphy, D., 2015. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder:What does self-report with the OCI-R tell us? Autism Research, 8 (5), pp. 477-485.

Dittner, A. J., Rimes, K. A., Russell, A. J. and Chalder, T., 2014. Protocol for a proof of concept randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioural therapy for adult ADHD as a supplement to treatment as usual compared with treatment as usual alone. BMC Psychiatry, 14 (1), 248.

Johnston, K., Dittner, A., Bramham, J., Murphy, C., Knight, A. and Russell, A., 2013. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Research, 6 (4), pp. 225-236.

Russell, A. J., Jassi, A., Fullana, M. A., Mack, H., Johnston, K., Heyman, I., Murphy, D. G. and Mataix-Cols, D., 2013. Cognitive behavior therapy for comorbid Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders:A randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety, 30 (8), pp. 697-708.

Pertusa, A., Bejerot, S., Eriksson, J., de la Cruz, L. F., Bonde, S., Russell, A. and Mataix-Cols, D., 2012. Do patients with Hoarding disorder have Autistic Traits? Depression and Anxiety, 29 (3), pp. 210-218.

Johnston, K., Madden, A. K., Bramham, J. and Russell, A. J., 2011. Response inhibition in adults with autism spectrum disorder compared to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (7), pp. 903-912.

Mack, H., Fullana, M. A., Russell, A. J., Mataix-Cols, D., Nakatani, E. and Heyman, I., 2010. Obsessions and compulsions in children with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism: a case-control study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 (12), pp. 1082-1088.

Bramham, J., Ambery, F., Young, S., Morris, R., Russell, A. J., Xenitidis, K., Asherson, P. and Murphy, D., 2009. Executive functioning differences between adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum disorder in initiation, planning and strategy formation. Autism, 13 (3), pp. 245-264.

Russell, A. J., Mataix-Cols, D., Anson, M. A. W. and Murphy, D. G. M., 2008. Psychological treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder in people with autism spectrum disorders – a pilot study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 78 (1), pp. 59-61.

North, A., Russell, A. J. and Gudjonsson, G., 2008. High functioning autism spectrum disorders: an investigation of psychological vulnerabilities during interrogative interview. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 19 (3), pp. 323-334.

Ambery, F. Z., Russell, A. J., Perry, K., Morris, R. and Murphy, D. G. M., 2006. Neuropsychological functioning in adults with Asperger syndrome. Autism, 10 (6), pp. 551-564.

Russell, A. J., Mataix-Cols, D., Anson, M. and Murphy, D. G. M., 2005. Obsessions and compulsions in Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 186 (6), pp. 525-528.

Reed, S., Russell, A. J., Xentidis, K. and Murphy, D. G. M., 2004. People with learning disabilities in a low secure in-patient unit: comparison of offenders and non-offenders. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 185 (6), pp. 499-504.

Munro, J. C., Russell, A. J., Murray, R. M., Kerwin, R. W. and Jones, P. B., 2002. IQ in childhood psychiatric attendees predicts outcome of later schizophrenia at 21 year follow-up. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 106 (2), pp. 139-142.

Xeniditis, K., Russell, A. J. and Murphy, D., 2001. Management of people with challenging behaviour. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 7 (2), pp. 109-116.

Gilvarry, C. M., Russell, A. J., Jones, P., Sham, P., Hemsley, D. and Murray, R. M., 2001. Verbal fluency in patients with schizophrenia and affective psychoses and their first-degree relatives. Psychological Medicine, 31 (04), pp. 695-704.

Russell, A. J., Munro, J., Jones, P. B., Hayward, P., Hemsley, D. R. and Murray, R. M., 2000. The National Adult Reading Test as a measure of premorbid IQ in schizophrenia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 39 (3), pp. 297-305.

Xenitidis, K. I., Henry, J., Russell, A. J., Ward, A. and Murphy, D. G. M., 1999. An inpatient treatment model for adults with mild intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 43 (2), pp. 128-134.

Russell, A. J., Munro, J., Jones, P. B., Hemsley, D. and Murray, R. M., 1997. Schizophrenia and the myth of intellectual decline. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154 (5), pp. 635-639.

Conference or Workshop Items

Maras, K., Russell, A., Payne, K.-L., Chandler, R. and Brosnan, M., 2017. Autistic Vulnerability in Police Interviews: Compliance and Suggestibility. In: International Meeting for Autism Research, 2017-05-11 - 2017-05-13.

Cooper, K., Smith, L. and Russell, A., 2017. Gender identity in People with Autism. In: IMFAR, 2017-05-11.

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