Maria joined CRAE as a Research Assistant in May 2019, and is working on the Research Passport project funded by Autistica. This projects aims to create a passport to improve the experience of autistic people taking part in research, and collate a toolkit of good practice for researchers.
Maria completed her MSc in Social and Applied Psychology at the University of Kent in 2016. Since graduating, Maria has worked as a Research Assistant on two developmental psychology research projects related exploring Education Health and Care plans and a transition to secondary school in autistic children and children with Williams syndrome and Down syndrome. Maria has also volunteered with mental health charities, including Mind and SLV Global.
- Ashworth, M., Palikara, O., & Van Herwegen J. (2019). Comparing parental stress of children with neurodevelopmental disorders: The case of Williams syndrome, Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, doi: 10.1111/jar.12594.
- Van Herwegen, J., Ashworth, M., & Palikara, O. (2018) Parental views on special educational needs provision: Cross-syndrome comparisons in Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 80, 102-111.
- Palikara, O., Ashworth, M., & Van Herwegen, J. (2018) Addressing the educational needs of children with Williams syndrome: A rather neglected area of research? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48 (9), 3256-3259.