Upcoming Events

'Let's Talk About Health' free public lecture Feb 21, 2018 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM — Wellcome Auditorium, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh CVS-Neuroscience network launch Feb 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Wellcome Auditorium, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
Intelligent Imaging KTN event Mar 15, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — The Lighthouse, 56 Mitchell Street, Glasgow
Scottish Dementia Research Consortium Annual Conference 2018 Apr 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow
British Cardiovascular Imaging 2018 May 02, 2018 - May 04, 2018 — John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Dr Justin Williams

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Position: Senior Clinical Lecturer

Interests:

I am a practising child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Aberdeen and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in Scotland. I also have a long-standing interest in evolutionary biology. After medical school and some time as a junior doctor, I took some time out to study Lyme disease and tick ecology in wild mouse populations up on the West Coast of Scotland. I have continued to mix interests in evolutionary biology and psychiatry, and since moving to Aberdeen have also developed an interest in neuroimaging. The interests have converged on the ‘mirror neuron’ hypothesis of autism, that has lain at the centre of my research interests for the past 10 years.

Institute: University of Aberdeen

Department: Institutes Applied Health Sciences, Mental Health


Research Themes

child and adolescent psychiatry; evolutionary biology and psychiatry; neuroimaging; 'mirror neuron' hypothesis of autism;

Key Publications
  • Williams JHG , Waiter GD, Perra O, Perrett DI, Whiten A. (2005) An FMRI Study of Joint Attention Experience. NeuroImage 25: 133-140
  • Williams JHG (2008) Self-Other Relations in Social Development and Autism: Multiple Roles for Mirror Neurons and Other Brain Bases. Autism Research 1: 73-90
  • Williams JHG, Waiter GD, Gilchrist A, Perrett DI, Murray AD, Whiten A. (2006) Neural mechanisms of imitation and 'Mirror Neuron' functioning in autistic spectrum disorder. Neuropsychologia. 44 (4): 610-21

Collaborators

Nouchine Hadjikhani International

Shirley Fecteu International

Mark Mon-Williams United Kingdom

Rob McIntosh Scotland

David Perrett Scotland

Gordon Waiter Scotland