ShARL benefits greatly from interaction with members of the local community; in particular those of you who have generously donated your time to participate in research studies. We’ve also learnt a great deal from the speakers at the Distinguished Speakers in Autism Series, and from chatting to attendees after the events. We’re lucky in Sheffield to have great collaborations with local teachers and clinicians who provide very useful insight into our research program, and also to have enthusiastic and hard-working students who want to work with us. To everybody who has been involved and help us achieve what we’ve achieved so far: thank you.  

 

Current Projects

Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology

What you can't ignore: Examining distraction in autism 

This project will investigate whether autistic people's experience of distraction is determined by the nature of the stimuli and context. This will be addressed by combining subjective accounts from autistic people with experimental testing to provide a comprehensive insight into the nature of distraction, drawn from the rich detail and robust measurement which will be provided by this integrated approach and is funded by the ESRC. Lead researcher: Dr Daniel Poole; Project mentor: Prof Elizabeth Milne

Sensory profiles in genetic syndromes associated with autism 

This project focuses on Sotos syndrome, Tatton-Brown Rahman syndrome; 16p11.2 deletion and 16p11.2 duplication. Funding from the Children's Hospital Charity (Sheffield Children's Hospital). Lead researcher: Harriet Smith; Project supervisors: Dr Megan Freeth & Prof Elizabeth Milne

Aikaterina Giannadou

Investigating Neural Variability in Autism and ADHD in Adulthood: An EEG Study 

This project is being carried out by Kat Giannadou as part of her PhD. Project suervisors: Prof Elizabeth Milne & Dr Megan Freeth

Translating cognitive science into the real world: Insights from autism 

Projects in this area are being conducted by Dr Emma Morgan, Dr Megan Freeth & Dr Dan Carroll

Social and Applied Studies

The lived experiences of SOX-11 and MYT1L- syndromes 

This project is being carried out by Louis Stokes as part of his PhD. The genetic bases of these syndromes were identified by Dr Alisdair McNeill (SiTRAN) Project suervisors: Dr Megan Freeth & Dr Alisdair McNeill

Self-compassion in autistic women 

This project is being carried out by Rosie Wilson as part of her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. Project supervisors: Dr Megan Freeth, Dr Georgina Rowse & Prof Andrew Thompson

A cross-cultural study of autistic camouflage in the UK and China 

This project is being carried out by Jiayi Chen as part of his PhD. Project supervisors: Prof Elizabeth Milne, Dr Agata Debowska & Dr Megan Freeth

Self-compassion and Well-being in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

This project is being carried out by Danielle Beaton as part of her PhD. Project supervisors: Prof Elizabeth Milne & Dr Fuschia Sirois

The role of psychological processes in clinical and subclinical paranoia 

This project is being carried out by Anton Martinez as part of his PhD. Project supervisors: Prof Richard Bentall, Dr Georgina Rowse & Prof Elizabeth Milne 

Multiple group membership, social identity and mental health in Autistic and Neurotypical Adults 

This project is being carried out by Rebecca Hymas as part of her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. Project supervisor: Prof Elizabeth Milne, in collaboration with Professor Jo Badcock at the University of Western Australia

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