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Psychiatry of Intellectual & Developmental Disorders

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Kerim Munir

Director of Psychiatry,
University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders,
Boston Children’s Hospital, and Departments of Paediatrics and Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts


Angela Hassiotis

Profesor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability,
UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities research,
Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences,
University College London


Muideen Bakare

Head, Child and Adolescent Unit,
Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, and
Chair, Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders Initiatives, Enugu

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Section Publications

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Textbook of Psychiatry for Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Editors: Marco O. Bertelli, Shoumitro (Shoumi) Deb, Kerim Munir, Angela Hassiotis, Luis Salvador-Carulla

  • Represents a comprehensive treatise for trainees and professionals

  • Includes detailed consideration of etiopathogenetic factors, clinical features, assessment procedures, diagnostic criteria, treatment, and prognosis

  • Provides a wide overview that will be also interesting for a variety of professionals

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WPA Global E-Book on Intellectual Developmental Disorders

Editors: Kerim Munir, Ashok Roy, Afzal Javed

​This is an open-access handbook focusing on aspects of the psychiatry of intellectual developmental disorders (IDD), also known as intellectual disability and learning disability, with invited authorship from both high and low-and-middle-income countries.

Autism Therapy

World Psychiatric Association Section on Psychiatry of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (SPIDD). Intellectual and developmental disorders and disabilities including autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed during the developmental period, and frequently present with co-occurring other mental disorders in persons of any age. Intellectual/developmental disorders present the prospect of lifelong disabilities. The underlying developmental and genetic factors in conjunction with environmental risk factors and inequalities in societal supports play an important role.


There is a crucial need to involve the broad global community to help guide the prospect of improved preventive interventions, early diagnosis, as well as targeted habilitative and rehabilitative services and societal inclusion across the lifespan across classes, cultures, and ethnicities. The SPIDD desires to reach a larger community of mental health experts and to connect with other Sections to promote our knowledge and ideas, and to obtain valuable input from others.

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