Anushay joined the lab in September 2020 whilst studying for her MRes Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, jointly between UCL and Yale University. Anushay has now started a PhD at the University of Oxford but still works as a research assistant in the lab. Anushay’s research interests are in cognitive differences underlying neurodevelopmental conditions, especially autism, and the effect of cultural differences in the generalisability of research on such conditions.
She is primarily working on the Theory of Mind – Autism in Pakistan Project. Anushay secured funding through UCL’s Global Engagement Office to extend autism research to Pakistan and has co-supervised a number of Masters student projects in the lab.
She balances her research with her position as the founder of a non-profit, Resources For Neurodiversity, which aims to increase awareness about neurodevelopmental conditions in Pakistan, conduct research on the Pakistani population and provide support to those who may not be able to afford it. Anushay is also passionate about photography, which she has previously used to highlight important issues that are commonly found in the society.