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Dr Jo Moss - Principal Investigator

Dr Jo Moss is a Lecturer at the University of Surrey. Her research is concerned with understanding the prevalence, profile and social-cognitive mechanisms associated with the development of autism and related characteristics in individuals with genetic syndromes.

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Dr Katherine Ellis - Post-doctoral Researcher

Katherine oversees the day to day running of our Baily Thomas funded project, characterising social behaviours and socio-cognitive profiles in autistic children and children with Fragile X syndrome and Cornelia de Lange syndrome. She carried out her PhD at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham researching the development of social cognition and its influence on unique and contrasting socio-behavioural phenotypes across genetically defined disorders.

Dr Natali Bozhilova - Post-doctoral Researcher

Natali is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey, with the Neurodevelopmental Research lab. Natali graduated from University College London in 2016. In the same year, she started her PhD as part of the MRC DTP 0+4 programme at King’s College London with Professor Philip Asherson, Professor Katya Rubia and Dr Giorgia Michelini as supervisors.Natali has also tutored and delivered behavioural therapies to children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental conditions.


Her primary interests involve understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms associated with mind wandering in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions, and more recently the development of autistic and ADHD traits in individuals with genetic syndromes.

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Dr Laura Wilby - Honorary Research Assistant

Laura works as a Senior Educational Psychologist at Surrey County Council. She is supporting the work of the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab as an Honorary Research Assistant. Laura completed her BSc in Psychology and MEd in Autism at The University of Birmingham, and her DEdPSy at The Institute of Education, University of London. 

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Ridhi Sahni - Honorary Research Assistant

Ridhi completed her BSc in Biomedical Science and MSc Psychology at the University of Surrey.  She is currently working as a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in NHS IAPT, and will be supporting the work of the NDevR lab as an Honorary Research Assistant

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Lauren Jenner - PhD Student

Lauren is a PhD student at the University of Surrey, using eye-tracking to investigate the profile of social-cognitive skills in Fragile X, Cornelia de Lange, Prader Willi and Down syndromes. Her research aims to advance understanding of the development of autism characteristics in these populations, and also to promote the use of accessible research methods for those with an intellectual disability. Her 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. 

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Lara Erritt - MSc Psychology Conversion Student

'Lara completed her BA in English Literature and is now undertaking an MSc Psychology Conversion at the University of Surrey. She will be working with the NDevR lab to complete her dissertation on pragmatic aspects of social-communication in individuals with Cornelia de Lange and fragile X syndromes

Tabitha McLachlan - Undergraduate Placement Student

Tabby is an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey working as a Research Associate in the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab during her professional training year. She is expanding her experience in the field assisting on the Baily Thomas funded project investigating behavioural characteristics of ASD in rare genetic syndromes.

Lucy Deeprose - Undergraduate Placement Student

Lucy is an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey. As part of her placement year she is working in the Neurodevelopmental Research lab, as well as at the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder clinic in Surrey. 


Rachel Howard - Undergraduate Placement Student

Rachel is in the third year of her undergraduate Psychology degree with the University of Surrey. She is currently undergoing her Professional Training Year, working as a Research Associate for the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab. She will be focusing on looking at social cognition skills in rare genetic syndromes associated with autism.

Alkistis Papadopoulou - Undergraduate Placement Student

Alkistis is an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey. She is currently undergoing her Professional Training Year as a Research Assistant in the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab. She will also be assisting on Dr. Emma Williams’ project investigating the experiences of autistic females through drama, interactive media and participatory arts.

Previous lab members

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Bethany Webster - Research Assistant

Beth completed her BSc at the University of Birmingham and now works as a research assistant at the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab where she is exploring her interests in neurodevelopmental disorders by working on the Bailey Thomas funded research project. Beth balances her research interests with clinical work as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist with the National Clinic for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Surrey.