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Alessio Bellato

Assistant Professor of Psychology,

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Biography

I am a clinical psychologist with a passion for research, teaching and communication.

After graduating with a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padova (Italy), I moved to the University of Nottingham UK, where I completed my PhD in Applied Psychology with a thesis titled "An investigation of autonomic arousal and attentional mechanisms in children with ADHD and Autism" (supervised by Dr Maddie Groom and Prof Chris Hollis).

As a psychologist, I worked in private and public health services and was involved in diagnostic assessment and planning of interventions for children with psychological, psychiatric and neuro-developmental conditions such as ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression.

Before working for the University of Nottingham Malaysia, I worked as a Teaching Associate/Fellow at the University of Nottingham UK and at King's College London.

Expertise Summary

-ADHD

-Autism

-Autonomic Arousal

-Heart Rate Variability

-Pupillometry

-EEG

-Eye-tracking

-Neuropsychological and Cognitive assessment

-Clinical Interviewing

Teaching Summary

In the academic year 2021/22 I will teach the following modules within the BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience:

  1. Biological Psychology (PSGY1011)
  2. Developmental Psychology (part of Social and Developmental Psychology; PSGY2013)

I am also currently supervising six 3rd year students on their Final Year Projects/Dissertations.

I have previously taught on the following topics:

  1. Neurodevelopmental disorders
  2. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  3. Research Methods in Psychology
  4. Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  5. Communication and Presentation skills
  6. Academic writing

Research Summary

I am currently working on the following research topics:

  1. Autonomic correlates of emotional dysregulation
  2. Vision and ocular problems in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  3. Effects of ADHD medication on autonomic and physiological arousal
  4. Impact of Heart Rate Variability on cognitive performance in people with different levels of ADHD traits
  5. Physiological and Autonomic correlates of mental and physical wellbeing
  6. Working memory training in ADHD

I am willing to consider PhD proposals and collaborations with colleagues worldwide on any of the research topics mentioned in this page and in the Research tab. Feel free to reach out by email for enquiries.

Selected Publications

Publications

  1. Bellato, A*., Arora, I.*, Kochhar, P., Ropar, D., Hollis, C., & Groom, M. J. (2021). Heart rate variability in children and adolescents with autism, ADHD and co-occurring autism and ADHD, during passive and active experimental conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05244-w
  2. Bellato, A., Norman, L., Idrees, I., Ogawa, C., Waitt, A., Zuccolo, P., Tye, C., Radua, J., Groom, M., Shephard, E. (2021). A systematic review and meta-analysis of altered electrophysiological markers of performance monitoring in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome (GTS), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 131, 964-987. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.10.018
  3. Arora, I., Bellato, A., Kochhar, P., Gliga, T., Ropar, D., Hollis, C., & Groom, M. J. (2021). What is the effect of stimulus complexity on attention to repeating and changing information in Autism? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-04961-6
  4. Arora, I., Bellato, A., Ropar, D., Hollis, C., & Groom, M. J. (2021). Is autonomic function during resting-state atypical in Autism: A systematic review of evidence. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 125, 417-441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.02.041
  5. Bellato, A., Arora, I., Kochhar, P., Hollis, C., & Groom, M. J. (2021). Indices of heart rate variability and performance during a response-conflict task are differently associated with ADHD and autism. Journal of Attention Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054720972793
  6. Bellato, A. (2020). Psychological factors underlying adherence to COVID-19 regulations: a commentary on how to promote compliance through mass media and limit the risk of a second wave. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 2(1) (Special Issue: COVID-19). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2020.100062
  7. Bellato, A., Arora, I., Kochhar, P., Hollis, C., Groom, M.J. (2020). Atypical Electrophysiological Indices of Eyes-Open and Eyes-Closed Resting-State in Children and Adolescents with ADHD and Autism. Brain Sciences, 10(5), 272 (Special Issue: New Advances in ADHD). https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10050272
  8. Bellato, A., Arora, I., Hollis, C., & Groom, M.J. (2020). Is autonomic nervous system function atypical in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? A systematic review of the evidence. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 108, 182-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.11.001
  9. Collini, M., Mugno, D., Cocco, A., Bellato, A., Gemma, A. (2016). Evidence based practices for Children and Adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Action-research in the Public Health Services. Italian Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Giornale Italiano dei Disturbi del Neurosviluppo), 1(1), 51-68

Conferences

2021

  • King's College London - Learning and Teaching Conference (Online)
  • 8th World Congress on ADHD (Online)

2020

  • 6th EUNETHYDIS International Conference on ADHD (Online)

2019

  • British Psychological Association - Cognitive Psychology & Developmental Psychology Sections Joint Conference; Stoke-upon-Trent, UK
  • British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) Conference; Birkbeck College, London, UK
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar (NDAS); Surrey, UK

2018

  • 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP); Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5th EUNETHYDIS International Conference on ADHD; Edinburgh, UK
  • Institute of Mental Health Research Day; Nottingham, UK
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar (NDAS); Coventry, UK

2017

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar (NDAS); Kingston, UK

2016

  • Technologies in support of people with autism spectrum disorders; Rome, Italy

Past Research

-Autonomic arousal and attentional mechanisms in ADHD and Autism

-Resting-state brain activity in ADHD and Autism

-Psychological factors underlying adherence to COVID-19 regulations

-Electrophysiological markers of performance monitoring in neurodevelopmental disorders

-Impact of subclinical autistic traits on visual attention

-Play training in Autism

Future Research

I am interested in working on the following research topics:

  1. Relationship between temperament and indices of autonomic arousal in infants who later develop ADHD and Autism
  2. Impact of gold-standard interventions for anxiety and depression on autonomic arousal
  3. Typical and atypical developmental changes in autonomic arousal and physiological mechanisms

I am willing to consider PhD proposals and collaborations with colleagues worldwide on any of the research topics mentioned in this page. Feel free to reach out by email for enquiries.

School of Psychology

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