Dr Dene Robertson


Dene RobertsonConsultant Psychiatrist

Dr Robertson is a consultant psychiatrist in both the Trust’s National Autism Unit and the Behavioural Genetics and Autism Assessment Clinic.

Other roles

Dr Robertson is a frequent speaker at engagements and conferences, specifically covering developmental disorders, forensic learning and disability psychiatry. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adulthood Group.


Dr Robertson’s undergraduate training was completed at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. His postgraduate training was completed at Hammersmith Hospital (GP training scheme).

He worked at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, before becoming a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He took his consultant post in the Trust in 1999.


His main research interests include developmental forensic psychiatry, the neurobiology of developmental disorder including chromosomal, single gene and polygenic disorders, as well as sex steroids and brain development.


The Role of Neuroimaging. In: Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability: Strategies and Solutions. Maudsley Monographs Wiley In press.

DMW Robertson, M Craig, T van Amelsvoort, E Daly, CJ Moore, A Simmons, M Whitehead, RG Morris, DGM Murphy. Effects of estrogen replacement therapy on age-related differences in gray matter concentration. Climacteric. In press.

Barnes J, Robertson D. Legal and Ethical Aspects. In Working with Offenders with LD (Training Pack for nurses); ed Henry J. In press.

Rezaie, R; Daly, EM; Cutter, WJ, et al. The Influence of Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy on Brain Asymmetry. AMJMA Neuropsychiatric genetics: 74-85, 2009

Robertson D, Raczek M, Reed K. Biochemical aspects of mental retardation. 2008 In: Clinical Biochemistry; 723-749; eds Marshall and Bangert.

Hallahan, B. Daly, E. M. McAlonan, G. Loth, E. Toal, F. O’Brien, F. Robertson, D. Hales, S. Murphy, C. Murphy, K. C. Murphy, D. G. M. Brain morphometry volume in autistic spectrum disorder: a magnetic resonance imaging study of adults. Psychological Medicine. 39(2):337-346, February 2009.

Catani, M; Jones, DK; Daly, E, et al. Altered cerebellar feedback projections in Asperger syndrome. Neuroimage. 41; 1184-1191: 2008

Q. Deeley, E. Daly, S. Surguladze, L. Page, F. Toal, D. Robertson, S. Curran, V. Giampietro, M. Seal, M. Brammer. An Event Related Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Facial Emotion Processing in Asperger Syndrome. Biological Psychiatry, Volume 62, Issue 3, Pages 207-217

Craig, Michael C.; Zaman, Shahid H.; Daly, Eileen M.; Cutter, William J.; Robertson, Dene M. W.; Hallahan, Brian; Toal, Fiona; Reed, Suzie; Apathy, Anita Ambik; Brammer, Mick; Murphy, Clodagh M.; Murphy, Declan G. M. Women with autistic-spectrum disorder: magnetic resonance imaging study of brain anatomy. British Journal of Psychiatry. 191:224-228, September 2007.

Van Amelsvoort, Therese; Schmitz, Nicole; Daly, Eileen; Deeley, Quinton; Critchley, Hugo; Henry, Jayne; Robertson, Dene; Owen, Michael; Murphy, Kieran C; Murphy, Declan G Processing facial emotions in adults with velo-cardio-facial syndrome: functional magnetic resonance imaging. British Journal of Psychiatry. 189(6):560-561, December 2006.

Deeley, Quinton; Daly, Eileen; Surguladze, Simon; Tunstall, Nigel; Mezey, Gill; Beer, Dominic; Ambikapathy, Anita; Robertson, Dene; Giampietro, Vincent; Brammer, Michael J.; Clarke, Amory; Dowsett, John; Fahy, Tom Md; Phillips, Mary L.; Murphy, Declan G. Facial emotion processing in criminal psychopathy: Preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study. British Journal of Psychiatry. 189(6):533-539, December 2006.

William J. Cutter, Eileen M. Daly, Dene M.W. Robertson, Xavier A. Chitnis, Therese A.M.J. van Amelsvoort, Andrew Simmons, Virginia W.K. Ng, Benjamin S. Williams, Phillip Shaw, Gerard S. Conway, David H. Skuse, David A. Collier, Michael Craig, and Declan G.M. Murphy Influence of X Chromosome and Hormones on Human Brain Development: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study of Turner Syndrome Biological Psychiatry 2006; 59:273–283

Toal, F, Daly, E. M. Page, L. Deeley, Q. Cutter, B. Hallaghan, B. Chitnis, X. A. Curran, S. Robertson, D. Murphy, C. Murphy, K. M. C. Murphy, D. G. M. The relationship between clinical phenotype and brain anatomy in autistic spectrum disorder: An sMRI study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 50(11):786, November 2006.

Van Amelsvoort, Therese,; Daly, Eileen; Henry, Jayne; Robertson, Dene, Mrcpsych,; Ng, Virginia MD; Owen, Michael MD; Murphy, Kieran C; Murphy, Declan G. M, Mrcpsych Brain Anatomy in Adults With Velocardiofacial Syndrome With and Without Schizophrenia: Preliminary Results of a Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Archives of General Psychiatry. 61(11):1085-1096, November 2004.

Cutter, William J. A; Craig, Michael A; Norbury, Ray A; Robertson, Dene M. A; Whitehead, Malcolm B; Murphy, Declan G. a In Vivo Effects of Estrogen on Human Brain. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Steroids and the Nervous System. 1007:108-116, December 2003.

Murphy, Declan G. M.; Critchley, Hugo D.; Schmitz, Nicole MSc, DipPsych; McAlonan, Grainne; van Amelsvoort, Therese; Robertson, Dene; Daly, Eileen; Rowe, Andrea MSc; Russell, Ailsa; Simmons, Andrew; Murphy, Kieran C.; Howlin, Patricia Asperger Syndrome: A Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study of Brain. Archives of General Psychiatry. 59(10):885-891, October 2002.

Van Amelsvoort, Therese; Daly, Eileen; Robertson, Dene; Suckling, John; Ng, Virginia; Critchley, Hugo; Owen, Michael J.; Henry, Jayne; Murphy, Kieran C.; Murphy, Declan G. M. Structural brain abnormalities associated with deletion at chromosome 22q11: Quantitative neuroimaging study of adults with velo-cardio-facial syndrome*. British Journal of Psychiatry. 178:412-419, May 2001.

Moore, Caroline van Amelsvoort, T Schapiro, M; Robertson, D Daly, E; Xenitidis, K; Critchley, H; Murphy, D X-chromosome trinucleotide repeats: effect on brain structure and metabolism. Journal of Medical Genetics. 36 Suppl 1:S58, September 1999.

McGuire, P K 1,2,4; Robertson, D 3; Thacker, A 3; David, A S. 1; Kitson, N 3; Frackowiak, R S.J. 2; Frith, C D. 2 Neural correlates of thinking in sign language. Neuroreport. 8(3):695-698, February 10, 1997.

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