Our mission

  • to create positive change for individuals and families affected with autism by
  • advancing scientific research in areas of risk factors, early identification, diagnosis, cognitive development and intervention
  • working in partnership with practitioners, charities and the Welsh Assembly Government to integrate scientific evidence with policy and practice

Our objectives

  • to conduct internationally competitive scientific research projects
  • to facilitate Inter-disciplinary research and research networks
  • to develop research and training that supports and influences practice and policy
  • to improve public and professional awareness of research

Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC) was initiated through a unique collaboration between Autism Cymru and Autistica, the School of Psychology, Cardiff University and the Welsh Government. Its establishment was supported by generous donations from the organisations above and from Autism Initiatives, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, Waterloo Foundation, Jane Hodge Foundation, Research Autism, Freemasons Grand Charity.



The Autism Research Policy Practice Hub (http://www.autismrpphub.org/) is an open access site championing the use of research in policy and practice. Check out the hub for research publications on autism, policy and practice guidelines, news and discussions. The RPP Hub is funded by ESRC and the Welsh Government.


Publications in print

Cooper, M.*, Martin, J.*, Langley, K., Hamshere, M., Thapar, A. (2014). Autistic traits in children with ADHD index clinical and cognitive problems. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 23(1): 23-34. (* joint first authors).

Iao, L. & Leekam, S.R. (2014). Non-specificity and theory of mind: New evidence from a non-verbal false-sign task and children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 122, 1-20.

Lidstone, J., Uljarević, M., Sullivan, J., Rodgers, J., McConachie, H., Freeston, M., Le Couteur, A., Prior, M. & Leekam, S. (2014). Relations among restricted and repetitive behaviors, anxiety and sensory features in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(2), 82-92.

Lidstone J, Uljarević M, Kanaris H, Mullis J, Fasoli L, & Leekam, S. (2014) Imitating the Child with Autism: A Strategy for Early Intervention? Autism 4:124. doi: 10.4172/2165-7890.1000124

Publications accepted/in-press

Uljarević, M., Prior, M., & Leekam, S.R. (2014). First evidence of sensory atypicality in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Molecular Autism.

Hollocks, M.J., Jones, C.R.G., Pickles, A., Baird, G., Happé, F., Simonoff, E. (2014). The association between social cognition and executive functioning and symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Research.

Stirling, L., Douglas, S., Leekam, S., & Carey, L. (2014). The use of narrative in studying communication in autism: A review of findings and methodologies. In J. Arciuli and J. Brock (eds.) Language and Communication Impairment in Childhood Autism, Trends in Language Acquisition Research, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


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