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Professor Tony Charman

Job title Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Area of expertise

  • Autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders


Tony is the lead Clinical Psychologist in the SCAAND specialist service for children with autism and complex neurodevelopmental conditions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is Chair in Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

His main research interest is to better understand development in children with autism and the clinical application of this work via screening, diagnostic and intervention studies. He has served on a number of expert panels for the Medical Research Council and NICE in the UK, NIH in the USA and the WHO.

Education and Training

  • BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1984
  • MSc Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, 1990
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, 1994


Professor Charman has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and over 30 book chapters. For a complete list of his published work please see his KCL research page.

Selected publications:

Simonoff, E., Kent, R., Stringer, D.,…Pickles, A., Charman, T., and Baird, G. (in press). Trajectories in symptoms of autism and cognitive ability in autism from childhood to adult life: Findings from a longitudinal epidemiological cohort. Journal of the American Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Lord, C., Brugha, T. S., Charman, T., Cusack, J., Dumas, G., Frazier, T., Jones, E. J. H., Jones, R. M., Lounds Taylor, J., Pickles, A., State, M. W., and Veenstra-VanderWeele, J. (2020). Autism spectrum disorder. Nature Reviews Disease Primer, 16, e5.

Charman, T. (2019). Trials and tribulations in early autism intervention research. [Editorial]. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58, 846-848.

Tarver, J., Palmer, M., Webb, S., Scott, S., Slonims, V., Simonoff, E., and Charman, T. (2019). Child and parent outcomes following parent interventions for child emotional and behavioral problems in autism spectrum disorders (ASD): A systematic review and meta-analysis Autism, 23, 1630-1644.

Shephard, E., Bedford, R., Milosavljevic, B., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., and The BASIS Team. (2019). Early developmental pathways to childhood symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 963-947.

Constantino, J., and Charman, T. (2016). Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: Reconciling the syndrome, its diverse origins, and variation-in-expression. Lancet Neurology, 15, 279-291.

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