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 of adults and adolescents with ASD, using a range of methods, including eye-tracking. Since then I have worked under the mentorship of Professor Helen McConachie including a recently-completed Nuffield Fellowship. In this project, called Click-East, we designed an educational iPad and then trialled it with more than fifty children with autism. The trial phase is now complete and we are working to publish our findings by the end of 2013. I am also associated with a range of other projects at Edinburgh in the field of developmental psychology. These include: MRI and eye-tracking in infancy; exploring the experiences of siblings of children with autism; and developing better understanding of how families use technology at home. You can find out more at my research site, DART.
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
Member of the Learning and Adaptive Environment Research Lab, or LaerLab
Research interests include:
Outcome measures for clinical research with individuals with ASD
Performance art for the very young
I would be interested in co-supervising students on any of the topics listed above.
I am second supervisor to Emma Moore, whose first supervisor is James Boardman
This article was published on Nov 26, 2013