Dr Andrew McKechanie
Andrew McKechanie is a clinical research fellow in the Division of Psychiatry.
Andrew McKechanie is a consultant psychiatrist and research fellow at The Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X and Intellectual Disabilities.
Following completion of his basic specialist training in psychiatry, Dr McKechanie took up a position as clinical lecturer in learning disabilities at the University of Edinburgh. Within this post he focused on the genetic basis of intellectual disability and the contribution of small changes in the genetic code to increased susceptibility to mental illness in those with an intellectual disability.
Following this, he was appointed in 2011 as clinical research fellow at The Patrick Wild Centre.
His clinical work is as a consultant psychiatrist for the NHS Lothian Learning Disability Service.
He is also a board member of Scottish Autism, a national charity which provides autism-specific services to children and adults with autism, along with support and information for their families, carers and professionals.
Dr McKechanie’s research interests primarily relate to intellectual disabilities, the autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. While our understanding of these conditions has increased dramatically in recent years, in many cases this has yet to be translated into meaningful clinical benefits for individuals affected by them. His research aims to change this.