Professor Peter Langdon
Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology
Peter is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and non-medical Approved Clinician working within the University and the National Health Service.
Peter completed his undergraduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and went on to complete his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London as a Lord Rothermere Fellow. Following this, he completed his PhD at the Tizard Centre as an NIHR Research Fellow. Before joining the Tizard Centre, he was a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.
His research and clinical work focuses upon the development and evaluation of psychological therapies and systems of care for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including those who have come into contact with criminal justice. He has completed several clinical trials in this area, and is working to evaluate innovative technologies for use as adjunctive interventions to help improve the accessibility of psychological interventions for people who have intellectual disabilities and autism. He was twice previously a research fellow of the National Institute for Health Research, and is the Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
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Peter has been working on projects that aim to investigate psychological factors associated with criminal offending behaviour by people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. These projects include developing improved psychological assessment tools for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, developing and testing a virtual immersion training system for teaching social skills and perspective-taking with offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities and undertaking a clinical trial of psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities who have a history of criminal offending. Peter has previously completed a set of funded projects that aimed to examine how moral development relates to criminal behaviour amongst men with intellectual disabilities.
He also has an interest in developing and evaluating 'talking' psychological therapies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was the Chief Investigator of the People with Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety (PAsSA) Treatment Trial which is a single-blind randomised control trial of group cognitive behavioural therapy for people with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism who also have problems with anxiety, funded by NIHR.
He has been awarded further grant from NIHR to investigate hospital care pathways for people with autistic spectrum conditions. See here for more information https://research.kent.ac.uk/match
Grants and Fellowships
- Lord Rothermere Fellow, 1997-2000 Lord Rothermere Foundation Trust.
- National Institute for Health Research, Personal Award 2007-2010. "Moral reasoning and offenders with intellectual disabilities" £281,772.00 Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Langdon.
- National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB). "Cognitive behavioural therapy for people with Asperger Syndrome and anxiety disorders: a pilot randomised control trial (PAsSA Trial)" £249,760.60 Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Langdon
- National Institute for Health Research, Post-doctoral Fellowship. 2013-2016 £418,929.80 Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Langdon.
- National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB). "People with Autism detained within hospitals; defining the population, understanding aetiology and improving care pathways (The match study) £350,000 Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Langdon.
- National Institute for Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research. "Outcomes from forensic services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities: evidence synthesis and expert and patient consultation". £48,000 Chief Investigator: Dr C Morrissey.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists and Health Education England. “A systematic review of initiatives to reduce or close inpatient services for people with intellectual disabilities” £15,000 Chief Investigator: Professor Peter Langdon.
- National Institute for Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research. “Clinical and cost effectiveness of intensive support teams for adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour” £763,483 Chief Investigator: Professor Angela Hassiotis; Co-Applicant: Professor Peter Langdon.
- Nuffield Foundation. “Development of an assent-based process for the inclusion of adults with impairments of capacity and/or communication in ethically-sound research” £378,204 Chief Investigator: Dr Karen Bunning; Co-Applicant: Professor Peter Langdon.
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