Research Team

Rebecca Charlton, Study Lead

A professor of psychology based at Goldsmith’s University in London, Rebecca Charlton’s research examines how ageing affects autistic adults in terms of both cognition and well-being.

Mary Stewart, Study Lead

A professor of psychology based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Mary Stewart is a researcher who is interested in understanding autistic people’s experience across the lifespan, combining basic science with the applied.

Laura Lennuyeux-Comnene, Main Researcher

Laura is a post-doctoral research assistant at Goldsmith’s University in London.  Her research interests are in mental health and well-being in autism, including in autistic people with more complex needs

Philip Heslop, co-investigator

An assistant professor and lecturer in social work based at Northumbria University in Newcastle, Philip Heslop’s research interests are social work with autistic people, foster care and kinship care.

Kate Sang, co-investigator

A professor of Gender and Employment Studies based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Kate Sang’s research focuses on co-designing interventions to improve the working lives of those who have experienced disadvantage and discrimination.

Catriona Stewart, co-investigator

Catriona Stewart OBE is the founder of the charity Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN). Her work is focused on community engagement, participatory action research and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Dan Timariu, co-investigator

Dan Timariu is a registered Social Worker and a Lecturer in Social Work at Goldsmith’s University in London. His current research interests relate to social work education, trauma-informed practice and implementing and evaluating new approaches to practice

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