Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6356
Location:St Johns Land (Rm 2.02)
I first became interested in developmental disabilities, and autism in particular, through my work with the Oundle School Mencap Holiday, an organisation I've been volunteering with since 1997 and of which I am now a trustee. I took a degree in Psychology at the University of St Andrews, and then went on to a Masters and PhD at Durham University, supervised by Professor Sue Leekam. My PhD research explored the spontaneous social attention preferences of typically-developed adults and adolescents, and those with ASD, using a range of methods, including verbal descriptions, change blindness and eye-tracking. I then moved to Newcastle University under the mentorship of Professor Helen McConachie and went on to work on a project validating the Social Orienting Continuum and Response Scale (SOC-RS) for use in intervention studies with children with ASD. I am now employed on a Nuffield Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. This project, called Click-East, has completed Stage One, which was development of an iPad app for children with autism. The app is available on the App Store in a free, reduced-content version called "FindMe Autism". The trial phase is now underway, with participants coming in for assessments beginning in April 2012. We hope to have completed the trial and published our findings by the end of 2013.
Member of the Edinburgh Child and Adolescent Psychology Network , or ECAP
Member of the Scottish Autism Research Group, or SARG
Member of the Developmental Psychology in Education group, or DPiE
Research interests include:
I would be interested in co-supervising students on any of the topics listed above.
I am second supervisor to Vinod Unni, co-supervised with Mick Power, Professor of Clinical Psychology
This article was published on May 6, 2013