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Dr Ginny Russell

External Engagement and Impact

Dr Russell was PI on an ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative project which ran from 2013-2014.  The primary aim was to examine whether the proportion of children with the symptoms that underpin autism increased over a ten year period, in tandem with increasing diagnosis. 

The findings from this analysis are discussed in an associated podcast and published as a journal article.

The project also assessed the association between ADHD and socio-economic disadvantage. This led to a PhD studentship for Abby Russell.

Finally, the study identified children with reading difficulties (characteristic of dyslexia), analysing which child and family characteristics predicted dyslexia, and assessing how frequently children with reading difficulties are given either an autism or ADHD diagnosis.

Associated Publications

·         Russell, G., Collishaw, S., Golding, J, Kelly, S &  Ford, T. (2015)  Changes in diagnosis rates and behavioural traits of autism spectrum disorder over time: a cross-cohort comparison. British Journal of Psychiatry –Open 2, 110–115.

·         Russell, A., Ford, T. & Russell, G. (2015) Socioeconomic associations with ADHD: findings from a mediation analysis Plos-one. June 1, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128248

·         Russell, G. Ryder, D.  Norwich, B. & Ford, T.  (2015) Behavioural difficulties that co-occur with specific word reading difficulties: a UK population- based cohort study. Dyslexia.

·         Russell, G., Ford, T., Rosenberg, R. & Kelly, S. (2014) The association of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with socio-economic disadvantage: Alternative explanations and evidence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 55(5) 436-445: DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12170

Magazine articles

An accurate diagnosis? Nasen: Special. (July 2015) National Association of Special Educational Needs Coordinators, p24-25.

·         Across the Spectrum. Britain in 2015. ESRC Publications. p230-38.


Recent trends in symptoms and diagnosis of autism: a cross cohort comparison. Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia USA, March 2015

·         Is there an epidemic of autism in the UK?  British Association for Childhood Disability annual Meeting, January, 2015

·         Time Trends in diagnosis rates and symptom levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Royal College of Psychiatrists, Annual Meeting, Cardiff, UK, Sept 2014

·   · The development of dyslexia: Findings from the Millennium Cohort, UK. International Conference on Language and Communication, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 2013. 

·         Shifts in diagnosis and prevalence of autism. Autism Today: Winter Meeting. International Conference Centre, Manchester, Nov 2013.