Dr Rowena Rossiter
Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Research Fellow
Rowena is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children, young people and adults who have learning disabilities in community and residential settings for 30+ years
Rowena played a lead role in developing and managing one of the first multi-agency Intensive Support Services for children and young people with learning disabilities who show challenging behaviour in the 1990’s. For the last 15 years, she’s focused on clinical and service development and research with children and young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, emotional regulation problems, mental health issues and harmful sexual behaviours.
Current research focuses on:
1. Growing practice and shared evaluation of Keep Safe, a group intervention for young people with learning disabilities who show harmful sexual behaviour. Keep Safe was developed and feasibility trialled by our Tizard-based practice and research collaborative with Prof Glynis Murphy and Aida Malovic, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation funds (September 2013-February 2016). Funding for the next research phase is being sought. See our website for more information and Keep Safe training dates: https://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/sotsec/ySOTSEC/ySOTSEC.html
2. Building resilience and emotional wellbeing in children and young people with learning disabilities through the adaption and evaluation of the WHO recommended, evidence-based mental health and resilience promotion intervention FRIENDS for Life to be accessible and appropriate for these children and young people. Our initial development project (2013-2014), funded by Patricia Colleen legacy funds via the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, enabled us to co-create guidance published on their website, and to begin to grow a Community of Practice through offering training (2015). An NHS England Transforming Care for Children Grant supported three Special FRIENDS training events in 2016, further development of its Community of Practice and revision of the guidance and background paper. Funding is being sought for systematic evaluation.
See our home webpage at Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities/Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/learning-disabilities/our-work/employment-education/friends-for-life with links to the Guidance, Background and easy-read information
Rossiter, R., & Davies, J. 2016 FRIENDS for Life – building resilience and emotional wellbeing: practical guidance on adapting FRIENDS for Life to increase participation for children and young people with learning disabilities. 2nd edition. Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; London. See https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/FRIENDS%20for%20Life%20guide%20September%202016.pdf
Rossiter, R., & Davies, J. 2016 FRIENDS for Life: Learning disabilities – adaptations. Background.2nd Edition. Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; London. See
Rossiter, R. Phillips, N. & Law, D. 2016 Building momentum: who’d have thought ROM’s could create such a buzz? Feedback and outcome measures and diversity: children with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions. Workshop presentation at Children and Young People’s Mental Health National Conference, Future In Mind from Vision to Implementation. London. See http://www.slideshare.net/cypucl
Rossiter, R., Heneage, C., Gregory, N. & Williams, L. 2016 Group Interventions. Chapter 9 in Psychological Therapy and People who have Intellectual Disabilities, Ed Beail, N. Commissioning Team for the Faculties for Intellectual Disabilities of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society; Leicester. See
Rossiter, R. et al. 2015 Expert testimony to inform NICE guideline development: Harmful Sexual Behaviour – children and young people with learning difficulties who display harmful sexual behaviour. Expert Paper 7. NICE, London. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng55/evidence/expert-paper-7-children-and-young-people-with-learning-difficulties-who-display-harmful-sexual-behaviour-2660747587
Rossiter, R., Armstrong, H., Law, D., Martin, K. & Phillips, N. 2015 Guidance update and development: On the use of Routine Outcome Measures (ROM’s) and feedback tools with Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities (LD), their families and networks. London & SE CYP-IAPT Learning Collaborative/CORC (Child Outcomes Research Consortium)
Rossiter, R. & Armstrong, A. 2015 Using goals in clinical practice : Children and young people with learning disabilities, their parents/carers and networks Children and young people with learning disabilities. Chapter in Law, D. & Jacob, J. Goals and Goal Based Outcomes (GBOs) some useful information. See https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ebpu/docs/publication_files/Goals_booklet_3rd_ed
Rossiter, R., Armstrong, H, Legg, G. & Woodrow, J. 2015 Delivering psychological services for children and young people with learning disabilities and their families. Chapter in What good looks like in psychological services for children, young people and their families 153-163. At: https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/DCP%20Faculty%20for%20Children,%20Young%20People%20and%20their%20Families/public/cfcpr_3.pdf
Phillips, N., Armstrong, H. Reid, C., Rossiter, R., & Morgan, S. (2014) Are we making a difference? Measuring the value of our work with children and young people who have a learning disability and behaviour that challenges, and with their families. In Intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Occasional Paper 32. Eds Lovell, M. & Udwin, O. ACAMH.
Rossiter R., with Armstrong, H., Draper, E., Goodman, Morgan, S., Phillips, N., Pill, J., Reid, C., Sholl, C., Shrubsole, S.,Turk, J., & Udwin O. (2013) Specific populations: Collecting and use of feedback with children and young people with learning disabilities and their families. In Guide to using Outcomes and Feedback Tools with Children, Young People and Families. Eds Law, D. & Wolpert, M. Available at: http://www.cypiapt.org/site-files/Guide-to-Using-Outcomes-and-Feedback-Tools%20(Coop).pdf
Wiggins, J., Hepburn, S. & Rossiter, R. (2013) Reducing Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Adolescents. Learning Disability Practice, October, 16 (8) pp. 16-23.
Rossiter, R.J. & Holmes, S. (2013) Access all areas: creative adaptations for CBT with people with cognitive impairments – illustrations and issues. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 6 (e9).
Rossiter, R., Armstrong, H., Morgan, S. & Phillips, N. (2013) Same or different? : measuring outcomes in children and young people with learning disabilities, their families and networks. Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review No 1. BPS/ DCP Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families.
Rossiter, R.J. (2012) A history of the world ..... of groups for people with learning disabilities ... in 10 objects. Clinical Psychology and People with Learning Disabilities, 10 (3) pp. 15-21.
Rossiter, R.J., Andrews, K. and Tulloch, L. (2011) Emotion management for young people with severe learning disabilities. Learning Disability Practice, July, 14 (6) pp. 22-24.
Rossiter R.J., Salmon R., Peckett H. & Murphy, G. (2010) Research Review: Children and young people with learning disabilities who sexually abusel. Community Care, Inform
Andrews, K., Rossiter, R.J., Daynes, S., Goodwill, A. & Preston, A. 2010 Emotion management and people with severe learning disabilities: the ‘Team Mate’ group. Learning Disability Practice, February, 13 (1) pp. 32-35.
Chadwick, O., Momcilovic, N., Rossiter, R., Stumbles, E. & Taylor, E. (2001) A Randomised Trial of Brief Individual Versus Group Parent Training for Behaviour Problems in Children with Severe Learning Disabilities. Behav & Cog Psychotherapy, 29, 151-167.
Rossiter, R. J., Hunnisett, E. & Pulsford, M. (1998) Anger Management Training and People with Moderate to Severe Learning Disabilities. Brit J Learning Disabilities, 26, pp. 67-74.
Rossiter R. J. & Bridgen P. (1989) Social Skills Training and People with Severe Mental Handicap. Tape slide programme. Graves audio-visual.
Williams, T., Tyson, J. & Keleher, R. J. (1989) Using Mealtimes to Develop Interpersonal Social Skills in People with Severe Mental Handicap. Mental Handicap. 17, June, pp. 74-77.
Bridgen P & Keleher R. J. (1989) Social Skills Training and People with Mild Mental Handicaps. Tape slide programme. Graves audio-visual.
Keleher, R. J. & Cole, C. (1989) Systemic Intervention in Health Care Services: A Case Study. Journal of Applied Systems. 16, pp. 55-59.
Keleher R. J. & Walker P. (1985). ‘Support for Families with Pre-School Children’. Chapter in ‘Caring for Mentally Handicapped People in the Community’. Edited by Sines, D. and Bicknell, J. Harper Rowe.
Keleher, R. J. & Bridgen, P. (1982) Increasing Social Interaction: a structured activity group for severely handicapped people. Mental Handicap, 10 (2) pp. 61-63.