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Hellos and goodbyes Since the autumn of 2018, we’ve welcomed and said goodbye to many fabulous people! There have been lots of changes in the CRAE PhD office. Firstly, the arrival of four new PhD students. We warmly welcome Kana Umagami, Mel Romualdez, Alison Livemore and SarahLouise Quinnell. Kana’s PhD research involves a comprehensive investigation of loneliness in autistic people across different stages of their life. Mel joined CRAE to investigate work experiences of autistic people and how employment-related support services can be improved. Alison examines best practice in autism resource provisions, and Sarah-Louise investigates how to make group-based learning more inclusive for neurodiverse students.

Brett Heasman joined CRAE in October 2018 as Post-Doctoral Researcher. Brett manages the Discover Autism Research and Employment (DARE) project. He works closely with a number of organisations throughout the UK to understand the experiences of autistic employees and job seekers. He builds a holistic and longitudinal evidence-base to understand the factors behind the current autism employment gap disadvantaging autistic adults.

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CRAE is delighted to have welcomed Anne Fritz to the team, as our new Research Communications and Engagement Officer. Anne brings a wealth of experience to this role, having completed her postgraduate training in neuroscience at King’s College London specialising in autism, and having worked as a producer of patient and public involvement/engagement programmes for the last nine years.

Last but not least, we wish our incredible Director, Anna Remington, the very best for her maternity leave! We miss her immensely, but are so very happy to have welcomed our youngest CRAE member (a new Brain Detective!), Finn, born in July 2019!

In the meantime, we said a tearful farewell to research assistant Alria Williams and Engagement Officer Melissa Bovis. Alria worked as part of CRAE’s DE-ENIGMA team, and has now moved on to the Maudsley, King’s College London to work as Assistant Psychologist. Mel moved on from CRAE to take up the role of Public Engagement Coordinator at King’s College London. We wish them all the best in their new roles! We sadly said goodbye to our 2018-19 undergraduate placement students, Beth Tobiansky and Monique Bellchambers-Joseph. We want to take this opportunity to thank them both for their hard work over the past year, helping out with various research projects and CRAE events. We will miss them greatly and wish them all the best for their final years at the University of Manchester! However, we are happy to have welcomed Julie Cumin, all the way from Canada, and Jade Davies, from the University of Manchester.

Maria Ashworth joined us as our new Research Assistant in May 2019. Maria works on the Research Passport project, developing a tool to improve the experiences of autistic people taking part in research. She has also been supporting the DE-ENIGMA team at CRAE. We are excited to announce that Pravina Tailor joined CRAE as our new centre coordinator in February 2019. Pravina makes sure that the administrative aspects of our lab’s research run

In the meantime the fabulous Laura Crane has taken over as Acting Director of CRAE.

In October 2019, Finn Diebel spent his one-week work experience placement with us at CRAE. Finn is interested in IT, and has been helping us with our new website. It was a pleasure to have him join the CRAE team!

PhD upgrades CRAE congratulates our PhD students, Jana Brinkert and Clare Truman who passed their upgrade vivas earlier this year! Jana’s PhD research focuses on attention and superior perceptual processes in autistic people. Clare’s PhD research focuses on the educational and support experiences of autistic children who display extreme demand avoidance behaviours.

Newsflash! CRAE has a new website! Visit www.crae.ioe.ac.uk to have a look!

At the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, our mission is to help enhance the lives of autistic people and their families. We aim to fulfil our mission by (i) conducting ground-breaking scientific research, (ii) ensuring this evidence-based knowledge is translated, and (iii) actively engaging autistic people and their allies in the conversation to make a real difference to people’s everyday lives.

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The latest research, news and events from The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education.

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