I have a passion for mental health research and exploring the lived experience of mental health difficulties and use of services within my work. My current research looks at adaptation and experiences of mental health services in the UK. Previously I have explored gender differences at the behavioural level in Autism Spectrum Conditions. In particular, I have investigated the often delayed and misdiagnosis of autistic females, paying particular attention to mental health difficulties and the use of camouflaging.


Belcher, H.L. (2022). On being autistic and in mental health crisis care. Autism in Adulthood, 4(3), 179-182.

Belcher, H.L., Morein-Zamir, S., Stagg, S.D., & Ford, R.M. (2021). Shining a light on a hidden population: Social functioning and mental health in women reporting autistic traits but lacking diagnosis. J Autism Dev Disord, (ahead of publications)..

Belcher, H.L., Evans, J., Bond, N., Darcy, C., Hatch, M., Priece, G., & Wykes, T. (2021). Views of service users and staff on a combined money advice and psychological therapy service within IAPT. Journal of Mental Health, 16, 1 -9.

Bundy, R., Mandy, W., Crane, L., Belcher, H., Bourne, L., Brede, J., Hull, L., & Cook, J. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of autistic adults in the UK: A mixed methods study. Autism, (ahead of publication).

Belcher, H.L., Morein-Zamir, S., Mandy, W., Ford, R.M. (2021). Camouflaging Intent, First Impressions, and Age of ASC Diagnosis in Autistic Men and Women. J Autism Dev Disord.

Stagg, S.D., and Belcher, H. (2019). Living with autism without knowing: receiving a diagnosis in later life. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 7(1), 348-361.

Belcher, H.L. (2019). Art therapy and the student mental health crisis. University & College Counselling, 7(3), 18-21.


To follow my current projects and to view all my publications and conference presentations, please visit my Research Gate profile here.


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