Ann Le Couteur is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and honorary consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newcastle University. She co-leads the Newcastle University Autism Research Team, and has more than 24 years of experience in assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other complex mental health disorders in children, young people, adults, and their families/caregivers. She has numerous journal publications, with research interests including the etiology of ASD, evaluation of interventions for children and families, and the promotion of models of assessment and treatment. Professor Le Couteur also provides second opinion clinical services for children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD.
Professor Le Couteur chaired the work that led to publication of The National Autism Plan for Children (2003) in the UK. She is currently a member of the ASD NICE guideline development group, and a member of the Department of Health reference group for the adult autism strategy. She is involved with a number of UK charities for children and young people with complex needs.