Jacqui Rodgers


Jacqui is a senior lecturer in clinical psychology in the Institute of Neuroscience. Her teaching and administrative duties largely relate to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She also contributes teaching to the undergraduate and masters level psychology programmes.

Jacqui is a contributor to the ‘Ask the Experts’ panel for AUKids magazine (www.aukids.co.uk), Chair of 1 Voice North East (parent led charity for children with communication difficulties and their families), and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied research in Intellectual Disabilities (JARID).

Areas of Research

Jacqui's main role at the University involves leading and contributing to research in neurodevelopmental disability, particularly research with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is involved in a range of research projects and, along with Dr Debbie Riby, is co-chair of the North East Autism Research Group.

To view Jacqui Rodger's publications, group membership and qualifications please see her University profile.

Current Studies

Identifying Targets to Prevent Suicide in Autism: A Psychological Autopsy Study

This project aims to establish the true rate of autism in UK suicides, and understand whether autistic individuals experience unique risk factors for suicide compared to the general population. Results will be used to co-design a suicide prevention strategy in partnership with a steering group of autistic people who have attempted suicide.‌

Managing Anxiety in WS

This project focuses on the development of an intervention package to address anxiety experienced by children with Williams Syndrome. A parent mediated group intervention in under development (Billy’s Feelings Toolbox©)‌.



In this study, we will conduct a national autism and anxiety survey, gathering the views of autistic people and professionals. Using this information, we will adapt current NHS anxiety treatments to make them ‘fit for purpose’ for use with autistic adults and test their efficacy in a randomised control trial.

Uncertain Futures

Uncertain Futures is a one year study which will explore concerns relating to uncertainty about the futur‌es for adults with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. The study is funded by Research Autism.

Recently Completed Studies


This project focused on the development of an intervention package to address anxiety relating to uncertainty experienced by autistic children. A parent mediated group intervention was developed (Coping with Uncertainty in Everyday Situations CUES©)during the study.


‌MeASURe stands for Measurement in Autism Spectrum disorder Under Review. This systematic review explored the measurement properties of tools used in assessing progress and outcomes of children on the autism spectrum up to age 6 years.

Measuring Anxiety in ASD


This project focused on the devlopment of an assessment tool to measure anxiety in autistic children. A self and parent report questionnaire, the Anxiety Scale for Children - ASD (ASC-ASD©), was developed during the study.‌


The project explored whether the WHOQOL-BREF is fit for purpose in measuring quality of life of autistic adults. Through extensive consultation with the autism community, some new autism-specific items were developed to make the measure more appropriate.