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Research interests

  • Adapting psychological and health interventions to meet the needs of autistic people
  • Gender identity in autistic people
  • Social identity and its relationship with mental health in the autism community

Kate Cooper is an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow working in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2015 she has worked in a range of clinical and research settings, including children and adolescent mental health services, and neurodevelopmental clinics for both children and adults. She also spent two years working as a post-doc on the Autism Depression Trial (ADEPT) which involved supporting the development of a psychological depression treatment for autistic adults and its evaluation in a feasability Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Kate is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a HCP registered Clinical Psychologist.

Kate was awarded a three-year NIHR-funded fellowship titled "How should health services adapt to meet the needs of autistic people with gender dysphoria?" in 2019. She is passionate about working with the autism community to conduct research and to improve health care services. 

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Projects 2019 2022

Autism and Gender Dysphoria

Cooper, K. & Maio, G.

National Institute for Health Research


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2012 2019

Depression in Autistic Adults: Rumination and Insistence on Sameness

Cooper, K. & Russell, A., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Gender and Autism

Stansfield, A., Saju, P., Gately, I., Cooper, K., Glidden, D. & Bevan, R., 12 Apr 2019, ABC of Autism. Haroon, M. (ed.). Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Guided self-help for depression adapted for Autism: the ADEPT pilot RCT of a low intensity psychological intervention

Russell, A., Gaunt, D., Cooper, K., Horwood, J., Barton, S., Ensum, I., Ingham, B., Parr, J. R., Metcalfe, C., Rai, D., Kessler, D. & Wiles, N., 11 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Technology Assessment .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)
27 Downloads (Pure)

Adapting Psychological Therapies for Autism

Cooper, K., Loades, M. E. & Russell, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 45, p. 43-50 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cognitive Therapy
Autistic Disorder
4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access