I studied as a Psychology undergraduate at the University of Birmingham between 1999 and 2002. Between 2002 and 2005 I completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham evaluating autism spectrum phenomenology and repetitive behaviour in Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Following my PhD I continued to follow a career in research within the field of neurodevelopmental disorders at St George’s Hospital, London followed by a position at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
I am now a post-doctoral research fellow at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, as well as an associate member and Secretary of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation and Secretary of the UK Cornelia de Lange Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee. I am also a committee member of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes.
Principal research interests include the presence, nature and developmental course of autism spectrum phenomenology and social functioning in individuals with intellectual disability and genetic syndromes. I am particularly interested in evaluating and developing appropriate methods of assessing and identifying autism spectrum symptomatology within these populations. Other research interests include the stability of autism spectrum symptomatology and diagnosis in individuals with idiopathic ASD and the study of challenging behaviour in individuals with genetic syndromes.