Sarah’s research is concerned with understanding how the autistic mind processes and represents information, with a particular focus on implicit mentalizing. She’s especially interested in how these cognitive differences might affect other aspects of cognition and mental health in autism, and in autistic cognition in the Fragile X Premutation and Broader Autism Phenotype. Most recently, she’s begun investigating factors that can modulate mentalizing.
Katherine’s research aims to understand social and emotional difficulties experienced by individuals with genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability and autism. She researches how differences in social cognitive development, as well as sensory processing, may underpin social and emotional functioning in these groups.
Ceci joined the lab in Sept 2017 and completed her PhD in 2023. Her research interests are in social communication and its underlying neurocognitive mechanism, with vocal communication (e.g., laughter) as the main focus.
Read more about Ceci Qing Cai@UCL.
Ruihan joined the lab in Sept 2018. Ruihan’s research interests are in the construction of mentalizing and its relationship with potential socio-cognitive factors.
David joined the lab and started his PhD in June 2019. His studies focus on ethical, co-designed, and personalized technologies that may assist autistic individuals who have sensory, attention, and mental health issues.
Nevin joined the lab and started her PhD in September 2022. Nevin’s research interests are in episodic future thinking and its relationship with cognitive factors in autistic children.
Maryna joined the lab in 2017 as an MRes student. Maryna’s research interests are in individual differences in implicit mentalizing in autistic people. Maryna also heads up the intergroup-bias project.
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.
Imogen joined the lab in 2020 for her MSc thesis, exploring how deception detection abilities differ between neurotypical and autistic populations and the effect this may have on bullying. She has stayed on in the lab to work as a research assistant, having enjoyed her time as a master’s student so much! She currently is assisting David Ruttenberg on the SensorAble project.
Gillian joined the lab in 2021 for her MSc thesis where she explored the relationship between implicit mentalising and autistic traits in women with the fragile x premutation. She completed her MSc in psychological sciences at UCL in September 2022 and has continued to work as a research assistant in the Development Diversity Lab. Currently, she works on the lab’s Intergroup bias project and serves as the Autism Database Coordinator for Autism@ICN.
Ishita joined the lab in 2017 as a research assistant and completed her PhD in 2023. She is now writing her experiments up as papers so still collaborates with the DevDivLab. She studies how deception abilities change throughout development and are related to mentalizing, bullying and mental health.
Ceci Qing Cai (UCL 2023; UCL postdoc)
Ishita Chowdhury (UCL 2022; now Lecturer at University of Surrey)
Roser Cañigueral (UCL; now in California)
Cathriona Cantio (Odense, Denmark; now clinical psychologist)
Idalmis Santiesteban (Birkbeck; now Lecturer at University of Liverpool)
Hannah Partington (now clinical psychology trainee, RHUL)
Beth Jones (now PhD student, University of Surrey)
Malwina Dziwisz (now clinical psychology trainee, IoP)
Flora Thiebaut (now clinical psychologist)
Cheryl Deng (now PhD student)
Paula Barea Arroyo
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