Dr Jane McCarthy is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability with the East London NHS Foundation Trust and is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, England. She has worked for over 20 years as a senior psychiatrist in specialist services for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.
From 2009 to 2010, Dr. McCarthy acted as Clinical Advisor for Adults with Autism at the Department of Health in England supporting development and delivery of the national strategy for Adults with Autism.
Dr. McCarthy’s key research interests include the outcomes of psychiatric disorders in people with developmental disabilities. She has published over 60 peer reviewed research papers and chapters. In 2012 she was elected Chair of the International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Challenging Behavior & Mental Health Special Interest Research Group, which is the largest global research network in this field of research.