Laura joined CRAE in 2015 and currently holds the role of Associate Professor and Deputy Director of CRAE. 

Laura’s research focuses on two main areas: (1) examining the educational and healthcare experiences of autistic people, their families and the professionals who work with them; and (2) developing an evidence-base to promote access to justice for witnesses on the autism spectrum (in both the criminal and family justice systems).

Central to Laura’s work is a commitment to involving the communities that she studies in the research process; ensuring this research has a strong participatory ethos and is of direct and practical relevance to those it affects.  Laura is also a strong advocate of public engagement and community outreach; ensuring that research is accessible to the public, to policy-makers and practitioners, and importantly to autistic people and their allies.  

Laura has received a number of awards for her work.  This includes the UCL Provost’s Prize for Public Engagement (2018), the UK research charity Autistica’s Inaugural Community Engagement Award (2018) and a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2017).  

Linked to Laura’s commitment to community engagement in research, she is on the steering group of UCL’s new Centre for Co-Production in Health Research, is Chair of the Pan London Autism Schools Network Research Group (fostering partnerships between specialist autism schools and academic researchers) and also serves as Social Media Editor at the Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, where she leads all community engagement initiatives (e.g., podcasts, lay abstracts, social media) at the journal.

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