Kana joined CRAE as a PhD student in October 2018. She completed her undergraduate science degree at Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Theory at Boston College. Following this, she received a Distinction in her Postgraduate Certification in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome at Sheffield Hallam University.

Kana’s PhD research at CRAE involves a comprehensive investigation of loneliness in autistic people across different stages of their life (through interviews and focus groups). This research is supervised by Laura Crane and Anna Remington. Kana views autism from a social model of disability and is keen to make her research as emancipatory as possible. Through her research on loneliness, she also aims to investigate and describe autistic people’s experiences with connection and relationships and hopes this will enable the development of a new, validated measure of loneliness in autistic people.

Outside of her role at CRAE, Kana offers online mentoring support for autistic university students globally. If you are interested, please email Kana (kana.umagami.18@ucl.ac.uk), and she will provide you with additional relevant information.

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