Department of Psychology

Dr Ailsa Russell

Ailsa Russell

Senior Lecturer / Clinical Director Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

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


Ailsa is the Clinical Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a chartered and HCPC registered clinical psychologist. Ailsa will be working with the programme team, trainees and regional supervisors to facilitate high quality, enjoyable and rewarding practice placements.

Ailsa’s more recent research has focused on studies of people with Autism, in particular trying to adapt or develop effective psychological interventions for emotional disorders in this group with focus on anxiety and OCD.

Research interests

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


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

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.

Robinson, S., Howlin, P. and Russell, A., 2016. Personality traits, autobiographical memory and knowledge of self and others:a comparative study in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism

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.

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