Published Articles


  • Basement Membrane Diseases, (1974) Guy’s Hospital Reports 123, 53-66. The presentation and discussion of a novel classification of some immune, auto-immune and malignant disorders
  • The Distribution of Down’s Syndrome, (1982) J Ment Defic Res 26, 215-227. The description of an investigation of an epidemic of Down’s Syndrome births culminating in the conclusion that the cause was the mothers’ use of the contraceptive pill. This paper was the subject of a major editorial in The Lancet: “The elusive cause of Down’s Syndrome”
  • Cerebral Palsy and Child Abuse, (1983) Editorial, The Lancet. A review of the literature showing that children with cerebral palsy are more likely to be sexually abused
  • Violent and Self-injurious Behaviour – Psychopharmacological Control, (1986) J Inter Psychopharm 1, Supp 1, 63-74. An open trial
    of a novel use of depot Dopamine-D2 blocking agents in effectively treating serious violent and self-injurious behaviour disorders
  • Disorders of Mental Handicap Institutions, August (1989) Psychiatric Bulletin, Royal Coll Psych. An appraisal from an ethological point of view of the major causes of inefficiency, poor quality of care and low morale in mental handicap institutions
  • Eltoprazine in aggressive mentally handicapped patients International Clinical Psychopharmacology (1994), 9, 187-194. Principal
    investigator in an international trial of the first of a new class of drugs named ‘Serenics’ specifically designed for the treatment of violence and aggression
  • Mentally Handicapped Sex Offenders – a Symposium – Schering, (1995). A stand-alone production issuing from the Leeds symposium
    of the same name
  • Monitoring of Patients on High Dose Antipsychotic Medication – Learning Disabled Population. Psychiatric Bulletin – October
    (1996). A report on the results of long-term safety monitoring of the prescription of certain high-dose antipsychotic agents
  • Editor and contributor of ‘Psychiatry in Learning Disability’ published by Saunders in September (1997). A major postgraduate text aimed at defining the field and presenting state-of-the-art chapters on all aspects by acknowledged experts. Soon to be reprinted
  • Self-injury and Violence in people with severe learning disabilities – British Journal of Psychiatry, (1998), (172) 381-384. First of a series of four papers published in this issue on the subject of self-injury
  • Poem : ‘Leukaemia’ – Yorkshire Medicine, (1994)
  • Medical textbook, titled “Disruptive Behaviour Disorders”. 140pp. Published by Wiley and co. (2007)

Papers published more recently

“Caseload management in community learning disability teams: influences in decision making” (2003) Journal of Learning Disabilities 7(4) 297-321 A study of the reasons for limited case throughput and waiting lists.

“Mortality of people with a learning disability undergoing relocation from long stay hospital to social care” (2004) Journal of Learning Disabilities 8(3) 299-314 A study of the reasons why individuals die around the time of relocation.

“Short and long-term efficacy and safety of Risperidone in adults with disruptive behaviour disorders” (2005) Psychopharmacology 179, 629-636An international RCT of the impressive results of Risperidone these conditions.

Isherwood T, Burns M, Naylor M and Read S, “ ‘Getting into trouble’: A qualitative analysis of the onset of offending in the accounts of men with learning disabilities” (2007) J. of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 18(0) 1-14

Read S and Rendall M, “An open-label study of Risperidone in the improvement of quality of life and treatment of symptoms of violent and self-injurious behaviour in adults with intellectual disability” (2007) Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. , 20, 256-64.

Whitaker S and Read S, “The prevalence of mental illness amongst learning disabled people (mental retardation): an analysis of the literature” (2006) Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities,19, 330-345

“Review Trilogy: Learning Disability and Major Crime:”

1. Sexual Offences

2. Arson

3. Murder

A review of the literature with regard to the involvement in major crime of learning disabled people, and the relevance of Disruptive Behaviour Disorder.

Murder: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 2008, 5, 63-76.

Unpublished papers

“The characteristics of sex offender patients in secure learning disability psychiatric beds in England and Wales”

A study re-examining the characteristics of learning disabled sex offenders.

“The prevalence of Asperger’s Disorder in secure learning disability psychiatric beds in England and Wales”.

A study regarding the advisability of placing people with Asperger’s in the same secure accommodation as people with learning disability.

“A comparison of sex-offenders and arsonists in secure learning disability psychiatric beds in England and Wales”

What are the common characteristics between the two offender groups?

“A six-month open-label study of Risperidone in the improvement of quality of life and disruptive behaviour in children and in adolescents with intellectual disability, previously treated with psychological therapy”

“Service-user satisfaction in a low-secure forensic learning disability unit” Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology A qualitative study of what offenders think of their lot in a secure unit.

“The use of the WHO classification of Impairments, Functioning and Health as a basis for a learning disability register.”

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