Academic and research departmentsCognition, Genes and Developmental Variability Lab, Development, Education, Learning and Outreach in Psychology (DevELOP) Research Group, School of Psychology.
My research project
Advancing knowledge of autism in rare genetic syndromes
I am a first year PhD student at University of Surrey, using eye-tracking to investigate the profile of social-cognitive skills in children with genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability. I will be studying those with Fragile X, Cornelia de Lange, Prader Willi and Down syndromes. My research aims to advance understanding of the development of autism characteristics in these populations, by showing how different profiles of social-cognition may predict observable social behaviour. This will contribute to our understanding of cognitive differences associated with autism in genetic syndromes and the wider autism population. I also hope to promote the use of accessible research methods for those with moderate-profound intellectual disabilities, by using eye-tracking tasks with minimal language demand. This project forms part of a larger Network of research, funded by Cerebra, to improve clinical outcomes in children with genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability. My studies are supervised by Dr Joanna Moss and Professor Emily Farran.
University roles and responsibilities
- Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
Keemink, J. R., Jenner, L., Prunty, J. E., Wood, N., & Kelly, D. J. (2020). Eye Movements and Behavioural Responses to Gaze‐Contingent Expressive Faces in Typically Developing Infants and Infant Siblings. Autism Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2432