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Dr Jennifer Breen

Clinical Psychologist


Area of expertise
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Complex comorbid mental health problems
  • Behaviours that are a challenge for others to manage
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Young people and their families

Biography
Dr Jennifer Breen is a Clinical Psychologist who has a longstanding and passionate interest in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and attention deficit hyperactivity sisorders (ADHD), including those with and without intellectual disabilities.

She has worked across a range of services, including residential and community settings in the NHS and the private sector, and currently works in the Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) team at the Michael Rutter Centre in the Maudsley Hospital.

Jenny completes comprehensive assessments and delivers adapted interventions predominantly utilising CBT, systemic and behavioural approaches. She particularly enjoys working with young people who are difficult to engage and is committed to co-creating care plans with young person and other key adults in their network to increase future independence and enhance psychological wellbeing.

Education and training
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London (2017)
  • Master in Philosophy (MPhil) from the University of Manchester (2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) from the University of Durham (2008)

Publications
Breen J and Theodore K (2020): “Using a Cognitive Interviewing approach to adapt the GAD-7 and PHQ-9 clinical measures for people with intellectual disabilities.", Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, (In press)

Breen J and Hare D J (2017): “The nature and prevalence of catatonic symptoms in young people with autism”, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61(6): 580-593

Breen J and Buckley S (2014): “Supporting parents of children with autism: A clinically-led parent support group”, Clinical Psychology Forum, 283: 8-13