About me: My PhD work (which was supervised by Professor Cecilia Heyes at UCL), was on the mechanisms by which we imitate the actions of others. After this I moved to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) at UCL, where I worked with Professors Chris and Uta Frith on Autism.

This work primarily utilised functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and investigated a number of processes in adults with autism. These included: attentional modulation of social and non-social stimuli, executive functions, empathy, decision making, and emotional awareness. While at the ICN I also looked at the development of theory of mind and social emotions across adolescence with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, and studied the neural basis of empathy and fairness with Professor Tania Singer.

Following the ICN, I moved to the Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE) as a Postdoctoral Fellow where I continued to work with Professor Heyes on studies of imitation and decision making in neurotypical and autistic adults. From October 2007 I took a year's position as an advisor on science policy to the UK government before joining the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck in October 2008. I moved to the MRC SGDP Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) in January 2013 where I continued to work on autism and extended my interest in Alexithymia (a sub-clinical condition characterised by an inability to identify and describe one's own emotions) and interoception (the perception of the state of the body). I continued this work following my move to the Dept of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in January 2017 with a Tutorial Fellowship at Brasenose College.  I now split my time between Oxford and UCL.



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