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Dr Jack Underwood

Dr Jack Underwood

Wellcome Trust GW4-CAT Clinical Research Fellow, NMHRI


I am a Forensic Psychiatry Registrar on the Wales Clinical Academic Track, currently doing a PhD on a Wellcome Trust GW4-CAT Fellowship. My work looks at why co-occurring mental health conditions occur more frequently in Autism Spectrum Disorder using genetic and epidemiological techniques.


I am a Forensic Psychiatry Registrar on the Wales Clinical Academic Track, currently OOP doing a PhD on a Wellcome Trust GW4-CAT Fellowship. I undertook Core Psychiatry Training and the Foundation Programme in South Wales, after graduating from Medicine (BMBS) at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. I have been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2018.

Honours and awards

2019 – Wellcome Trust GW4-CAT Clinical Academic Training Fellowship

2018 – Wellcome Trust ISSF Clinical Primer Award

2018 – RCPsych International Congress Travel Bursary

2018 – European Psychiatric Association Congress Travel Grant

2017 – BEST Trainee Awards 2017 – Teaching (Nominee)

2016 – Cardiff MRC Centre Clinical Academic Mentorship Scheme

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)

Registered with the General Medical Council (7414226)

Committees and reviewing

Peer review activity – BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych Open, Research in Developmental Disorders.

Wellcome Gatsby Neuroscience – as Neuroscience Trainee Editor for TrOn and Neuroscience Champion for Wales.








I teach psychiatry on the Cardiff University Medicine MBBCh course, including small group teaching on personality disorders and communication skills. I am a formative and summative psychiatry ISCE examiner. I supervise intercalating student projects on the Psychology in Medicine course. I am also a Neuroscience Trainee Editor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists TrOn modules, and an RCPsych Neuroscience Champion for Wales.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism) is a long-term condition which affects 1-2% of people. People with autism can have difficulties with social skills and communicating with other people, repetitive behaviour and can have a small range of hobbies or interests. It can affect how people perceive the world. Some autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently. More autistic people are being identified, as people become more aware of the condition. Mental health problems are more common in autistic people, but we don’t understand why. My work looks at this, and what effects genetics or lifestyle have. My work examines the effects of copy number variants (CNVs) and polygenic risk (PGS) alongside hospital and general practice record data on chances of mental health outcomes, using a group of people with autism taken from the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) Database, as well as people with autism from two large datasets of anonymised health records.