Hasan Huseyin Ates

Thesis title: Disordered eating behaviours and psychological correlates in people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders


I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology at Beykent University in Istanbul in 2013. After graduation, I attended a language program at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2014. After completing the program, I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Science in 2015 from King’s College London in the UK.

In selecting The King's College London, I was influenced by the way their Master’s program addresses psychological questions concerning the field of Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences. I believe an academician and a clinician of psychology can explore his field more acutely and succeed in his endeavours if he has a solid grasp of developmental psychopathology. While I was studying at the program, I attended five modules: Typical Brain Developmental and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Clinical Placements, Dissertation, Intellectual Disability and Forensic Aspects, and Research Methods and Statistics. In addition to the taught modules, the Master’s Program has a clinical observation placement module allowing me the opportunity of spending time observing work in the National Autism Unit (NAU) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce the clinical environment to be observed and help students develop familiarity with key tools used in the clinical settings such as practicalities of the clinical placement, psychometrics, basics of risk assessment, ethical behaviour while on placement, principles of screening and assessment tools in ADHD, Autism, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychosis, Depression and Anxiety.

After graduating from the master’s program in King’s College London, I chose Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Edinburgh as the destination for continuing my studies. I am interested in patterns of eating behaviours and associated lifestyles in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The opportune identification of the relationship between disordered eating, ADHD and ASD in children, adolescents, adults could contribute to the assessment and management of people with ADHD and/or ASD and could also lead to prevention strategies for negative outcomes such as eating disorders and obesity. My methodological expertise crosses systematic review and quantitative data. 



  • King’s College London- Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Department- MSc Clinical Neurodevelopmental Science, London, United Kingdom  
  • Rice University- Intensive English Program, Houston, Texas, United State of America
  • Scholarship Bachelor student at Beykent University Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey


Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Committee Member of the Scottish Developmental Psychology Network for Graduates (ScotDPN; https://scotdpn.wordpress.com/, on twitter: @Scot_DPN)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) 
  • Member of the Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology (CADP)
  • Member of the Eating Disorders and Behaviours Research Group
  • External Member of the UCL Disordered Eating Research Group 


Postgraduate teaching


Tutor - Psychological Therapies (Undergraduate and MSc degree in Psychology)


Tutor - Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology (MSc Psychology of Mental Health-Conversion)

Tutor - Psychological Therapies (Undergraduate and MSc degree in Psychology)

Research summary

I am particularly interested in disordered eating behaviours and psychological correlates in people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Thus, the first aim of this thesis was to systematically review the relevant literature to examine whether and to what extent are patterns of eating behaviours associated with children and adolescents with ADHD and/or ASD and potential factors that cause and/or contribute to abnormal eating behaviours such as age, gender, and symptoms differences. The primary outcome for this systeamtic review is eating patterns behaviours which could refer any form of disordered eating behaviours, Eating Disorder as well as a non-clinical diagnosis, food intake or listed consumption of foods and characteristic of eating behaviours, including food choice, food frequency, eating habits and eating behaviour. After performing this review for signing into eating patterns behaviours in ADHD and/or ASD children and adolescents, the second study of the thesis is to examine whether, and to what extent, particular characteristics of ADHD are related to disordered eating behaviours in adolescents and adults with/without ADHD and to explore the impact of comorbid problems (depression, anxiety, sleeping, ASD - mentalization), and other potentail and demographic/lifestyles factors (screen time, physical activity, education level) on the relationship between ADHD diagnosis and disordered eating behaviours .

Current research interests

Disordered Eating Behaviours; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Screen Time; Physical Activity; Mood and Sleeping Problems

Past research interests

My MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Science research focussed on the Patterns of eating behaviours and associated lifestyles in adults with ADHD. During my BS degree in Psychology I conducted a research investigating, workplaces loneliness, work stress and work satisfaction: An analysis on public and private sector employees which was published on International Journal of Arts and Sciences at the Bad Hofgastein Congress Center in June 2013.

Affiliated research centres


May 2019 Health in Social Science Annual Conference 2019, University of Edinburgh, UK

Papers delivered

Ates, H. H., & Maltezos, S. (2019). Poster presentation "Patterns of Eating Behaviours and Associated Lifestyles in Adults with ADHD" at the NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting "Lost in Translation? Bringing research evidence to practice and policy".

Ates, H. H., & Sevinc, E. (2013). Oral presentation "Workplace Loneliness, Work Stress and Work Satisfaction: An Analysis on Public and Private Sector Employees" at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference, Bad Hofgastein Congress Center, Austria.