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Luke Beardon

Luke Beardon BA (Hons), PgC (Autism), EDd

Senior Lecturer


Luke has worked for several years in the fields of autism and Asperger Syndrome, in capacities ranging from practitioner to researcher to trainer. He started work specific to autism for The National Autistic Society (NAS) as a Service Coordinator assisting in the development of a residential service for young adults with autism.


In his post as Senior Lecturer in autism Luke runs various courses at different academic levels in autism, including a Masters qualification, while continuing to research and consult in the field of autism. He is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome, run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, and supervises students at Doctoral level. In 2011 he was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Teacher Award as voted by students. In 2012 Luke was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Research Supervisor Award as voted by students.

Specialist areas of interest

Asperger Syndrome
Individual support and the criminal justice system


Luke has been part of a research team at Nottingham University running a three year project, and has several publications in national and international journals related to the project. He completed his doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam University which was titled: Asperger Syndrome and Perceived Offending Conduct: A Qualitative Study.

He co-wrote the ASPECT consultancy report, the largest consultation with adults with AS undertaken at the time. He is co-editor of three books on Asperger syndrome published by Jessica Kingsley, and has various other publications in journals.


Journal articles

Chown, N.P., Beardon, L., & Cossburn, K. (2018). Rare instances of individuals with autism supporting or engaging in terrorism: a response to Lino Faccini and Clare Allely. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 9 (1), 59-63.

Chown, N., Robinson, J., Beardon, L., Downing, J., Hughes, L., Leatherland, J., ... MacGregor, D. (2017). Improving research about us, with us: a draft framework for inclusive autism research. Disability and Society, 32 (5), 720-734.

Leatherland, J., & Beardon, L. (2016). Introducing FAMe™: Can improved teacher access to individualised classroom support information impact positively on levels of anxiety in autistic pupils? ‘The Bridge: Journal for Educational Research-Informed Practice’, 3 (2).

Beardon, L., Parsons, S., & Neale, H. (2001). An interdisciplinary approach to investigating the use of virtual reality environments for people with Asperger syndrome. Educational and Child Psychology, 18 (2), 53-62.

Theses / Dissertations

Panella-Peral, S. (2020). A Longitudinal Exploration of Infants’ Social Looks in Naturalistic Settings. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L., & Jay, T.

Pindar, S.-.A. (2019). Autistic Dreaming: a phenomenological study of dreaming and well-being. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Leatherland, J. (2018). Understanding how autistic pupils experience secondary school: autism criteria, theory and FAMe™. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Ellis, S.J. (2014). Perspectives of the autistic ‘Voice’:An ethnography examining informal education learning experiences. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Ellis, S.J. (2014). Perspectives of the autistic 'voice' : An ethnography examining informal education learning experiences. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L., & Madriaga, M.

Chown, N. (2012). A treatise on language methods and language-games in autism. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Beardon, L. (2008). Asperger Syndrome and perceived offending conduct: a qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Garner, I., & Senior, P.

Other activities

governor, Mossbrook Special School

review and advise on national strategy guidance/legislation: e.g. The Autism Act


Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner providing support and consultancy in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. Luke's research interests are around individuals with autism who have broken the law.

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