About the authors

Yasir Hameed, MRCPsych, PgDip Clin Edu, FHEA

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.

Associate Professor, St George's International School of Medicine, Grenada.

Consultant in Adult and Older Adult Psychiatry, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.


Dr Hameed is a UK-based psychiatrist from an Iraqi-refugee background. He graduated from medial college at Baghdad University in 2002, then undertook 2 years of training in various medical and surgical specialities in Baghdad before leaving Iraq in 2005 due to the war and its aftermath.


He worked as a general practitioner for 3 years in one of the most deprived areas in Yemen, where he acquired invaluable clinical experience in the management of various physical and mental health disorders. In 2010, he began psychiatric training in the UK. He has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of people with autism spectrum disorder since 2013, working with his consultant (and co-author of this module), Dr Jacobus Hamelijnck.


In addition to his clinical work with autism, Dr Hameed is involved in various research projects on the epidemiology of mental illness and improving learning in clinical settings. He is also active on social media to raise awareness of mental health conditions.


Email: yhameed@doctors.org.uk


Declaration of interests: None.



Jacobus Hamelijnck, Arts, MRCPsych

Honorary Lecturer and Communication Skills Tutor, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Youth Team, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.


After qualifying from the University of Amsterdam in 1990, Dr Hamelijnck moved to North Wales to complete his training as a general practitioner, and then in psychiatry. He completed his specialist training in adult psychiatry in 2001 and took on his first consultant post in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Since then he has worked in the community and on the in-patient unit in NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney.


Dr Hamelijnck established a specialist clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of adults with autism spectrum conditions, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He also established the first specialist eating disorders service at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney.


Email: jaap.hamelijnck@nsft.nhs.uk


Declaration of interests: None.

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