University of Nottingham Malaysia
Faculty of Science

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Alessio Bellato

Course Director (MSc Developmental Disorders); Director of Postgraduate Studies,



I am a clinical psychologist with a passion for research, teaching and communication.

After graduating with a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padova (Italy), I moved to the University of Nottingham UK, where I completed my PhD in Applied Psychology with a thesis titled "An investigation of autonomic arousal and attentional mechanisms in children with ADHD and Autism" (supervised by Dr Maddie Groom and Prof Chris Hollis).

As a psychologist, I worked in private and public health services and was involved in diagnostic assessment and planning of interventions for children with psychological, psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression.

Before working for the University of Nottingham Malaysia, I worked as a Teaching Associate/Fellow at the University of Nottingham UK and at King's College London.

Expertise Summary

ADHD; Autism; Autonomic Arousal; Heart Rate Variability; Pupillometry; EEG; Eye-tracking; Neuropsychological and Cognitive assessment; Clinical Interviewing

Teaching Summary

MSc Developmental Disorders

Neurodevelopmental Disorders (module convener)

Final Research Project (supervisor & module convener)

BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience:

Biological Psychology (1st Year)

Social and Developmental Psychology - Developmental Section (2nd Year)

Final Year Project (supervisor; 3rd Year)

Guest Lecturer

Quantitative Methods in Psychology (University of Nottingham UK)

iBSc Psychology (King's College London)

Research Summary

I am currently working on the following research topics:

  1. Autonomic correlates of emotional dysregulation (ED) and self-harm in children and young people
  2. Biomarkers of neurodevelopmental conditions & Predictive models of ADHD
  3. Efficacy and acceptability of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for pre-schoolers with ADHD
  4. Vision and ocular problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  5. Effects of interventions for ADHD (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) on autonomic/physiological arousal
  6. Physiological and Autonomic correlates of mental and physical wellbeing
  7. Autonomic functioning in Tourette's and learning disabilities

I am willing to consider PhD proposals and collaborations with colleagues on any of the research topics mentioned in this page and in the Research tab. Feel free to reach out by email.

Selected Publications

Past Research

See here for a full list of publications.

Faculty of Science

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 (03) 8924 8000
fax: +6 (03) 8924 8018

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