People

  • Anna Remington

    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…

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  • Laura Crane

    Laura joined CRAE in 2015 and currently holds the role of Associate Professor and Deputy Director of CRAE. Laura’s research focuses on understanding the educational experiences of autistic children and young people (in mainstream and special schools), and identifying evidence-based ways to support pupils, their parents and their educators. Laura is passionate about engaging education…

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  • Mel Romualdez

    Mel joined CRAE as a doctoral student under the supervision of Anna Remington and Zachary Walker. She recently completed her PhD focusing on the diagnostic disclosure experiences of autistic adults in workplace settings. Before coming to London, Mel worked for several years at the New York (NY) Center for Autism Charter School, where she taught autistic…

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  • Pravina Tailor

    Pravina joined CRAE as Centre Coordinator in early 2019.

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  • Jade Davies

    Jade Davies is research assistant on the Discover Autism Research and Employment (DARE) project, based at CRAE (UCL/IOE).

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  • Brian

    Brian Irvine

    Brian joined CRAE in the summer of 2022 on the ESRC Superior Perceptual Capacity Project, and now also works as our Communications and Engagement Officer. We know that many autistic people hear, see and feel more than the majority might. The Superior Perceptual Capacity Project is hunting for environments where all might thrive. This might be…

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  • Freya Elise

    Freya Elise is a research assistant at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education, based at UCL’s Institute of Education.

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  • Audrey

    Audrey Linden

    Audrey Linden is a research assistant at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education, based at UCL’s IOE.

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  • Charlie Hamilton

    Role: Communications Assistant Bio: Charlie (she/her) is autistic. Charlie has three decades of communication and fundraising experience with organisations across Europe. Most notably, she has worked for the International Herald Tribune – The New York Times, euronews, UEFA, The European Union Youth Orchestra and youth social action charities: Music Masters and Student Hubs. Most recently, she…

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  • Norah Richards

    Norah joined CRAE in 2022 as a first year PhD student under the supervision of Laura Crane.  Norah has a BSc, PGCE and PGCert Ed, and worked as a primary school teacher with a focus on language learning and literacy difficulties. Norah completed her MSc in Language and Communication Difficulties in Education jointly at City University…

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  • Kana

    Kana Umagami

    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 investigates loneliness…

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  • Heba

    Heba Al-Jayoosi

    Heba is undertaking her PhD at CRAE, and is exploring ways in which to improve home school collaboration for caregivers of autistic pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds. Her other interests include autistic self advocacy, and how autistic people can be meaningfully included in school decision making. She is also the Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Leader…

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  • Maria Ashworth

    Maria is a PhD student at CRAE, tracking and evaluating an education to employment programme for autistic young people called Employ Autism, which was set up by the autism charity Ambitious about Autism. Anna Remington (CRAE) and Brett Heasman (York St John University) supervise Maria’s research. Maria’s PhD research is tracking and evaluating an education…

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  • Jana Brinkert

    Jana is a post-doctoral researcher at CRAE. She is currently on maternity leave. Jana completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Kent, and her MSc in Psychology of Education at UCL Institute of Education. Jana completed her PhD at CRAE, studying perceptual abilities in autistic people. Jana is interested in strengthening cognitive control…

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  • Sam Dexter

    Role: PhD Student Bio: Sam Dexter is undertaking his PhD at CRAE and is exploring how schools prepare autistic young people for life after the classroom. When not working toward his PhD, Sam is a class teacher at Gesher School in north west London, where he teaches a year 6 class. Research Summary: For his…

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  • Ginny D’Odorico

    Ginny joined CRAE recently as a first year PHD student in 2020 under the supervision of Laura Crane. Ginny completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, then a PGCE Primary teaching qualification at the Institute of Education prior to her MSC in SEN with Psychological Perspectives also at the UCL Institute of…

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  • Emeline Han

    Emeline joined CRAE as a PhD student in September 2020. . Emeline’s PhD research aims to: (1) systematically review the literature on autistic people’s experiences of stigma and coping strategies; (2) develop a stigma-related support programme for autistic adults using a participatory approach; (3) conduct an initial evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of this…

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  • Alison Livemore

    Alison joined CRAE as a part-time PhD student in 2018 under the supervision of Laura Crane. Alison’s research investigates good autism practice in Additional Resource Provisions (ARPs) for autistic pupils. She studies the perspectives of professionals, parents and pupils with regards to educating autistic pupils in ARPs. Alison wants to develop a greater understanding of…

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  • Clare Truman

    Clare has been teaching for ten years, most recently in a school for autistic children and young people. She is founder of Spectrum Space, a not-for-profit organisation that provides tuition to autistic children who find it difficult to access school. Clare completed her BA in Education Studies at Cambridge University and her PGCE and Masters…

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  • Aaron Giuliano

    Role: Student Researcher Bio: Aaron is an undergraduate from the University of Bath who previously undertook a placement year at CRAE, as part of his Education with Psychology degree. Aaron joined CRAE in September 2021 and assisted on a number of ongoing research projects. Whilst on placement, Aaron led a research project investigating the opportunities…

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  • Evelyn Sam

    Bio: Evelyn is an undergraduate psychology student from the University of Kent and is currently undertaking her placement year from September 2022 at CRAE. She is assisting members of the CRAE team with ongoing projects and through this experience, and hopes to gain a better insight into the world of autism research in the upcoming year. …

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  • Estelle Killick

    Estelle is an undergraduate student at the University of Kent studying Psychology. She is currently undertaking her placement year at CRAE. In her time studying psychology she has developed her interest in clinical psychology and neurodivergence (specifically autism). She has been particularly interested in female presentations of autism as well as support for autistic women…

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  • Collaborators

    Ali Northcott: Artist in Residence & Honorary Researcher Ali is CRAE’s Artist in Residence, undertaking a research and development project exploring potential links between neurodiversity and creativity, funded by the Arts Council England. As part of her residency, Ali is looking at adults with autistic traits in the Arts, focusing on those involved in body-based…

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  • Previous Members

    CRAE STAFF:Eloise Ainger – Research AssistantAlyssa Alcorn – Postdoctoral ResearcherJoe Barker – Research AssistantMelissa Bovis – Research Communication and Engagement OfficerJanina Brede – Research OfficerTony Charman – Former DirectorSarah Crockford – Research AssistantJake Fairnie – Postdoctoral Research OfficerAnne Fritz – Research Communication and Engagement OfficerAlexander Hay – Research Communication and Engagement OfficerBrett Heasman – Postdoctoral…

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