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Clare Melvin

PhD Student


Clare is a full time PhD student at the Tizard Centre, awarded one of the University’s 50th Anniversary Scholarships.   Clare’s PhD is investigating the efficacy of adapted sex offender treatment programmes for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Conditions who display harmful sexual behaviour.

Clare holds a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies (Nottingham Trent University, 2003), a Conversion Diploma in Psychology (The Open University, 2005) and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Edinburgh (2008).
Clare has previously worked in low and medium secure settings with adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Conditions and Personality Disorders.  Clare has also worked within a CAMHS unit.  Clare has experience of assisting in clinical assessment and delivering psychological interventions and therapeutic treatment to those detained under the Mental Health Act. 

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Clare is working with Professor Glynis Murphy and Dr Peter Langdon exploring the nature of harmful sexual behaviour in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Conditions, looking at the effectiveness of available treatment in reducing recidivism rates.
Clare’s other research interests include Complex Trauma and Attachment, and, cognitive ageing (healthy and pathological) in neurotypical populations and those with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Conditions. 

Clare has previously worked on a cognitive ageing project with Dr Alexa Morcom (University of Edinburgh).  This work furthered research undertaken as part of Clare’s MSc thesis and investigated age related differences in source memory for faces and the potential effects of different encoding processes. 

Clare has also undertaken a Clinical Case investigation into an unusual presentation of suspected early onset dementia of the Lewy Bodies.  The case review raised the possibility of an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Condition with episodes of Catatonia.  Following clinical assessment (The ADI-R), the possible implications for prognosis and treatment were discussed if a change in diagnoses was deemed relevant.

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Melvin, C., & Eaton, J., "Dementia of the Lewy Body or Catatonia in Undiagnosed ASC; presentation at The Huntercombe Group CPD Forum, Norwich, July 2013.
Eaton. J., Kaiser. F., Melvin, C., & Haasmann I, "Autism and Paedophilia: Implications for Treatment and Care Pathway" presented at The International Conference for Offenders with Learning Disabilities, Newcastle, April 2013.
Eaton, J., Haasmann, I., & Melvin, C., "The Challenges of Running the SOTSEC-ID in a Low Secure Setting", presented


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Last Updated: 14/10/2014