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Dr Iris Rathwell

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Rathwell currently works with the national and specialist service for complex autism and neuro developmental disorders. Her expertise is in autism with special clinical and academic interests in associated conditions with it such as epilepsy, additional psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders and psychopharmacological treatments.

Dr Rathwell has expertise in specialist assessments of complex autism particularly when this is associated with additional neuropsychiatric or other mental disorders. She has also developed expertise in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and/or problem behaviours when they occur in the presence of autism, ADHD or other neurodevelopmental disorder.

Dr Rathwell has extensive experience in developing clinical services for autism and related disorders internationally. She has been an expert with Autism Speaks in setting up services in the Balkan countries. She has contributed with her expertise and local knowledge to raising public awareness of autism and to the country developing a nationwide autism strategy. She was an international expert in the validation studies of gold standard screening and diagnostic tools as well as parent training programmes in a non-English speaking country carried out by the University of Connecticut (funded by Autism Speaks).

Dr Rathwell’s early research interest included repetitive and stereotyped behaviours in autism, the link between epilepsy and autism as well as the gastrointestinal symptoms in autism. She is a collaborator in a number of research projects carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry primarily in the area of autism.

Dr Rathwell has been practicing psychiatry since the mid-nineties having completed her clinical and academic training initially in Europe and later in the UK. Dr Rathwell has provided clinical leadership to a number of mental health teams since 2004 when she took up her first consultant post with the Trust. During her career which spans over three decades, Dr Rathwell has accumulated a wealth of expertise in many areas of mental health in children and adolescents with a particular focus on autism and related disorders, including neuropsychiatric and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Since June 2013, Dr Rathwell has been a consultant psychiatrist with a national and specialist service for complex autism and neurodevelopmental disorders (SCAAND) at the Maudsley Hospital where she works with internationally distinguished clinical academics in the area of autism, learning disability and neuropsychiatric disorders. Together with Professor Simonoff, she leads a team that focuses on specialist assessments and management of challenging behaviours and complex presentations of autism, ADHD, learning disability and other brain related disorders. Dr Rathwell has coordinated SCAAND for several years. In October 2019, she was appointed Lead Clinician for the entire national and specialist Outpatient CAMH services in the Trust.

Dr Rathwell is an established trainer of psychiatrist trainees and teaches on a number of graduate and postgraduate programmes including Master Degree courses at Kings College. Dr Rathwell is a clinical and academic tutor for the MSc postgraduates in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry. Dr Rathwell represents the department in a number of committees and multi-organisational development programmes.

Education and training
  • CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UK), 2004
  • MRCPsych, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, 2000
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry and Institute of Child Health, London, UK, 1995
  • General Adult Psychiatrist, Tirana University, Albania (Eq. of UK MRCPsych),1993
  • MD with Honours, Tirana University, Albania, 1991

Professional body membership
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • General Medical Council Registration, Specialist License
  • British Medical Association
  • Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists
  • Child Psychiatry Research Society
  • Approved under the Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act

Editorial Perspective: Key issues in children with intellectual disability for practitioners, Rathwell, I and Simonoff, E. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2019 May; 24:194-8. First published online: 06 October 2018;

A Video Parent-Training Program for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Albania.
Dai YG, Brennan L, Como A, Hughes-Lika J, Dumont-Mathieu T, Rathwell IC, Minxhozi O, Aliaj B, Fein DA. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2018 Dec;56:36-49. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2018.08.008. Epub 2018 Sep 10. PMID: 31275428 Free PMC article.

Use of the Modified Checklist for Autism, Revised with Follow Up-Albanian to Screen for ASD in Albania.
Brennan L, Fein D, Como A, Rathwell IC, Chen CM. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Nov;46(11):3392-3407. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2875-5. PMID: 27491423 Free PMC article.

Parent-reported gastro-intestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders. Chandler S, Carcani-Rathwell I, Charman T, Pickles A, Loucas T, Meldrum D, Simonoff E, Sullivan P, Baird G.Chandler S, et al. Among authors: Carcani-Rathwell I.J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Dec;43(12):2737-47. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1768-0.J Autism Dev Disord.

The Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study: presentation, initial assessments and implications for diagnosis and management. Yates JR, Maclean C, Higgins JN, Humphrey A, le Maréchal K, Clifford M, Carcani-Rathwell I, Sampson JR, Bolton PF; Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study Group.Yates JR, et al. Among authors: Carcani-Rathwell I.Arch Dis Child. 2011 Nov;96(11):1020-5. doi: 10.1136/adc.2011.211995. Epub 2011 Aug 3.Arch Dis Child. 2011.PMID: 21813552

Epilepsy in autism: features and correlates. Bolton PF, Carcani-Rathwell I, Hutton J, Goode S, Howlin P, Rutter M.Bolton PF, et al. Among authors: Carcani-Rathwell I.Br J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr;198(4):289-94. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.076877.Br J Psychiatry. 2011.PMID: 21972278 Free PMC article.

Regression, developmental trajectory and associated problems in disorders in the autism spectrum: the SNAP study. Baird G, Charman T, Pickles A, Chandler S, Loucas T, Meldrum D, Carcani-Rathwell I, Serkana D, Simonoff E.Baird G, et al. Among authors: Carcani-Rathwell I.J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 Nov;38(10):1827-36. doi: 10.1007/s10803-008-0571-9. Epub 2008 May 1.J Autism Dev Disord. 2008.PMID: 18449635

Repetitive and stereotyped behaviours in pervasive developmental disorders. Carcani-Rathwell I, Rabe-Hasketh S, Santosh PJ.Carcani-Rathwell I, et al.J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006 Jun;47(6):573-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2005.01565.x.J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006.PMID: 16712634

Constipation in children. Abhyankar A, Carcani-Rathwell I, Clayden G.Abhyankar A, et al. Among authors: Carcani-Rathwell I.BMJ Clin Evid. 2006 Oct 1;2006:0303.BMJ Clin Evid. 2006.PMID: 19454102 Review.