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Dr Blainey completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Manchester, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at King’s College London.  

Prior to joining King’s College London in 2017, Dr Blainey worked as a Clinical Psychologist, initially in primary care mental health services, and then in a specialist psychology service for adults with autism and ADHD. She continues to work in this service alongside her academic role.

Research Interests

  •  Psychological therapies for adults with autism 
  •  Access to mental health services for adults with autism 
  • Autism and admission to inpatient psychiatric services 

Dr Blainey’s research interests are focused adults with autism, who may have comorbid mental health needs. She is interested in the outcomes of psychological therapies offered to this group in specialist and mainstream services, the factors that may impact on psychological therapy and how psychological therapies can be most appropriately adapted for this group. She is also interested in access to mental health services for adults with autism more generally, including use of crisis and inpatient psychiatric services.  


Dr Blainey lead the Clinical Observation Placement Module on the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences. She also contributes teaching to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.