Title of PhD: (Developmental Neuroscience of Autism; full title to be confirmed)
Supervisor: Dr Joe McCleery
Natasha is currently investigating effective intervention techniques for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders using clinical-behavioural measures, electroencephalography, event-related potentials, and eye-tracking technology as indices of change. Natasha is also studying brain and behavioural development in infants who are at risk for autism and language-learning difficulties and is particularly interested in the early identification of autism.
BSc (hons) Human Psychology (1:1; Aston University)
Natasha obtained a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Human Psychology from Aston University, where she was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the highest undergraduate achievement. In 2009, Natasha spent two years working as a Research Intern and behavioural clinician at the Koegel Autism Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her time there, she was trained in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and parent education, and was involved in a number of research projects including assessing the clinical effectiveness of PRT. This experience inspired her to explore the combined effects of behavioural and neurological assessment, and in collaboration with Dr. Lynn Koegel, she is currently examining effective interventions for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism and related developmental disorders; Early identification and intervention