Here is a list of some of my research publications which you may find of interest. The articles, report and questionnaire can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link.

Here is a link to my talk on autism theory in The Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection collated by Professor Fred Volkmar of Yale University.

Chown, N. (2019, February 28). Autism theory [Video file]. In The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks. Retrieved March 12, 2019, from

An article based on work of the research team of which I am a member - The Independent Autism Research Group - involving the investigation of support for autistic students in further education colleges is now available from Good Autism Practice.

Chown, N., Baker-Rogers, J., Cossburn, K., Hughes, E., Beardon, L., & Leatherland, J. (2018). The ‘Achieving More in College’ Project: Support for autistic students attending further education colleges, Good Autism Practice (GAP), 19(1), 50-62.

The following article - based on work undertaken with my Independent Autism Research Group partners - reports on a study of support for students with autism at university in the UK.

Chown, N., Baker-Rogers, J., Hughes, L. and Cossburn, K. N. (2017). The 'High Achievers' project: An assessment of the support for students with autism attending UK universities, Journal of Further and Higher Education. 

The next article - written with members of the Independent Autism Research Group together with colleagues from De Montfort University (Leicester) and the University of Tasmania - presents a draft framework for what we call 'inclusive autism research' i.e. research that is both emancipatory and participatory. We hope to encourage a debate on how the framework might be developed and deployed.

Chown, N., Robinson, J., Beardon, L., Downing, J., Hughes, E., Leatherland, J., Fox, K., Hickman, L. and MacGregor, D. (2017). Improving research about us, with us: A framework for inclusive autism research, Disability and Society.

My book 'Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory' was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers on 21 October 2016. This is what Professor Michael Fitzgerald of Trinity College, Dublin said about my book:

'This book is a comprehensive and critical appraisal of autism, past and present. It is a book for, "all seasons", from the neophyte to the experienced mental health professional, as well as parents wanting to understand autism in greater detail. It makes fascinating and informative reading and is surprisingly, for a book like this, "a page-turner". I found it fascinating to read. His discussion of disability versus diversity in autism is superb and interesting, and the book is exhaustively referenced. It is the best book on autism theory that I have read.'

International Journal of Police Science and Management article on autism awareness in the UK police service.

Article in the Journal of Further and Higher Education on support for students with autism in UK colleges of further education. The research on which this article is based was undertaken by Nick Beavan and myself for Dudley College in the West Midlands.

The Dudley College final report is also available.

Good Autism Practice article on identification (diagnostic) pathways for adults with autism. The research for this article was undertaken for a consortium of West Midlands local authorities in conjunction with Dr. Luke Beardon of Sheffield Hallam University.

Article written with Dr. Luke Beardon, Prof. Nicki Martin of London South Bank University and Dr. Sandra Beale-Ellis on reasonable adjustments for autistic doctoral students undertaking their viva.

Final report of phase 1 of the Independent Autism Research Group's 'High Achievers' project which investigated support for autistic students at university in the UK. Written with Joanna Baker-Rogers, Liz Hughes, Kleio Cossburn and Pam Byrne. The project's questionnaire is available from the 'High Achievers' website at

Article written by Julia Leatherland, with a contribution from me, describing a content analysis of autism information on various high profile websites including those of the National Autistic Society and National Health Service (UK) and Autism Speaks (USA).