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May

14

Monday

Supporting family carers from the impact of autism stigma

12.45pm

Seminars

Public, Staff, Students

Speaker: Annemarie Lodder

The Centre for Mental Health Research at the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London welcomes Annemarie Lodder to discuss supporting family carers from the impact of autism stigma as part of the research seminar series.

Abstract

Carers of autistic children are known to have poorer mental health compared to the general population, or to carers of children with other disabilities. Stigma is prominent in the lives of autistic children and their families, and is known to have a strong negative impact on mental health. Negative attitudes and misconceptions surrounding autism can leave families feeling socially excluded, isolated, and blamed for their child’s condition. Furthermore, carers are at risk of internalising the experienced stigma (e.g. self-blame) which further exacerbates the impact upon mental health.

There are currently no interventions available that aim to improve the mental health of carers of autistic children by addressing stigma and self-stigmatisation. To inform the design of such intervention we used input form the autism community as well as an extensive review of relevant theory.  Recruitment for the planned intervention will commence in June with the intervention planned to start in October 2018.

About the speaker

Annemarie Lodder is currently a PhD student working with Dr Chris Papadopoulos at the University of Bedfordshire. Annemarie is originally from the Netherlands and moved to England to study Psychology. She obtained a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Bedfordshire in 2005 and was awarded the British Psychological Undergraduate Award for her final year project which looked at personality and the effects of exercise on mood and cognition.

Annemarie then went on to work as a research assistant at the University of Oxford’s Child Psychiatry department looking at parental psychopathology and infant outcomes. She later worked for Imperial College London as a research psychologist on a randomised clinical controlled trial which followed children who were born very prematurely. She carried out behavioural assessments and evaluated the cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessments of the children which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Annemarie obtained my Masters in Health Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 and her research project examined the effects of marital (dis)satisfaction on infant health outcomes. This project was awarded the Health Psychology Prize.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided from 12:45pm with the talk commencing at 1pm.

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When & where

12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 14th May 2018

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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