Role: Director of CRAE, and Professor of Autism Research.
Bio: Anna joined CRAE in 2013 and has been Director since November 2017. She began working in the field of autism research in 2004 after receiving a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
She obtained a Masters in Human Communication Science and a Ph.D. in Developmental Science from University College London. Anna subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London and a Research Fellow at University College, Oxford before moving to CRAE.
Her findings have been published in the leading journals within the field, and she is regularly invited to present her research both nationally and internationally. In addition, Anna advises organisations regarding best practice for supporting autistic employees.
Research Summary: Her research looks at whether autistic people see, hear and feel things in a different way from others. In particular, she focuses on superior abilities in autism, specifically with respect to attention and perception within the condition, and how these might translate into practical benefits such as employment success.
Anna is committed to taking a participatory approach to research: working with autistic people, not on autistic people. She is also dedicated to ensuring that the findings of her research are translated into practical initiatives that can help improve the lives of autistic people. She has received a number of awards for her work, many that reflect this emphasis on research engagement and impact. These include an ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise (Finalist 2020) and a UCL Knowledge Exchange Champions Award (2016).
Current research and activities: Among others, and her ongoing work as Director, Anna’s current research projects include working with autistic people in the family justice system, investigating autistic people’s greater capacity to detect sound and ways to promote autistic employment.
Davies, J., Heasman, B., Livesey, A., Walker, A., Pellicano, E., & Remington, A. (2023). Access to employment: A comparison of autistic, neurodivergent and neurotypical adults’ experiences of hiring processes in the United Kingdom. Autism. doi:10.1177/13623613221145377
Davies, J., Romualdez, A. M., Malyan, D., Heasman, B., Livesey, A., Walker, A., . . . Remington, A. (2023). Autistic Adults’ Priorities for Future Autism Employment Research: Perspectives from the United Kingdom. Autism in Adulthood. doi:10.1089/aut.2022.0087
Davies, J., Remington, A., Buckley, C., Crane, L., & Smalley, K. (2023). “It seems like a luxury to be able to offer that”: Factors influencing the implementation of annual health checks for autistic people in England. Autism: the international journal of research and practice.
Davies, J., Heasman, B., Livesey, A., Walker, A., Pellicano, E., & Remington, A. (2022). Autistic adults’ views and experiences of requesting and receiving workplace adjustments in the UK. PLoS One, 17 (8), e0272420. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0272420
Kenny, L., Remington, A., & Pellicano, E. (2022). Comparing the Executive Function Ability of Autistic and Non-autistic Adolescents with a Manualised Battery of Neuropsychological Tasks. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS. doi:10.1007/s10803-021-05034-4
Umagami, K., Remington, A., Lloyd-Evans, B., Davies, J., & Crane, L. (2022). Loneliness in autistic adults: A systematic review. Autism.
McMillion, A., Tobianksy, B., Wang, K., Cronin, A. J., Johnson, A., Monteiro, J., & Remington, A. (2022). UK-based specialist dental professionals’ experiences of working with autistic patients. Spec Care Dentist. doi:10.1111/scd.12653