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Dr Charmian Round is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS providing assessment, therapy, training, support and consultation to neurodiverse adults and children, their families, support networks and other professionals. This has included experience of working with a widely diverse population with different needs due to age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, co-existing mental health, and differing ability levels due to specific learning difficulties or learning disability.

Since 2017 Charmian has been Clinical Lead for the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Autism Assessment Service for adults without a learning disability. Charmian provides supervision, training and advice to professionals from services across the Health, Social Care and Voluntary Sector to enable them to make reasonable adjustments and be more accessible to individuals with diverse needs. Charmian also offers clinical consultancy to mainstream mental health professionals on the adaptation of mental health services to meet autistic needs. Charmian has lectured on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes at both the University of Leicester and the University of Trent.

Dr Charmian has been an active member of the Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board for many years, regularly supporting co-production initiatives to improve services. Charmian is also a member of a number of national professional networks which provide forums for peer supervision, sharing of resources and research developments, and to contribute to national policy development regarding neurodiversity. 


Qualifications and Training


  • Bsc (Hons) degree in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University Year: 1994

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) University of Birmingham Year: 2001

Dr Charmian is trained in a number of globally recognised autism assessment and diagnostic tools (DISCO, ADI-R, ADOS, BOSA and ACIA) as well as the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD Adults (DIVA) and risk assessment tools such as the HCR-20.

Dr Charmian is a Chartered Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society;  a member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP) and holds clinical registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Research Interests:

Dr Charmian regularly acts as principle investigator and clinical supervisor for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust with regards to projects relating to diagnosis, treatment and support for autistic adults who may or may not have additional mental health needs.

Recent projects have included:


  • UK wide cohort study about the lives of adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives (ASC-UK – University of Newcastle)

  • A research project from a Doctoral Student at Sheffield University looking at using Social Stories to reduce anxiety for individuals attending appointments for ASD diagnosis.

  • Improving recognition, understanding and differentiation of autism and personality disorder: A mixed-methods lived experience study (I-RAP City University of London)

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