Zoe Hopkins

Postdoctoral Researcher


I have spent over 10 years working with individuals with autism in support, clinical, and research roles. My EPSRC-funded D.Phil project examined language processing in autistic children: specifically, the project considered whether differences in alignment - the tendency of speakers to imitate each other's use of language - could explain the difficulties some children with autism have with conversation.  I am developing this research at Edinburgh University, where I am employed as a post doc on the ESRC-funded project 'Conversational alignment in children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and typically developing children' (for details, see here: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES%2FN013115%2F1), awarded to Professor Holly Branigan. 


D.Phil (2016), University of Sussex

MSc Experimental Psychology (2012), University of Sussex

MSt (MA) English Language and Literature (2010), University of Oxford

BA (Hons) English Literature (2007), University of Durham

Responsibilities & affiliations

British Psychological Society, 2011 -

Research summary

My main interests are: autism; language development; language disorders; speech and language processing.