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.
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.
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
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.
Beth Jones - PhD Student
Beth is a PhD student in the Neurodevelopmental Research Research Lab at the University of Surrey. Her research aims to explore anxiety and anxious behaviours in young people and adults with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) and how this might be linked to other characteristics of the syndrome. The goal of this research will be to help guide better understanding of anxiety in CdLS and the association with autistic characteristics and help drive more appropriate assessments of anxiety.
Shelley Wilson - Research Assistant
Shelley completed her MSc in Psychology at the University of Surrey and is now working as a Research Assistant. In this role, Shelley aims to raise awareness and understanding of the complex needs of children with rare genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability amongst educational practitioners. This will be achieved by the development of a bespoke online training module for specialist education practitioners that will be co-produced with parents and school practitioners.
Tabitha McLachlan - Undergraduate Dissertation Student
Tabby is an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey who worked as a Research Associate in the Neurodevelopmental Research Lab during her professional training year. She is currently writing a final year dissertation on the relationship between sensory processing, coping skills, and repetitive behaviours in children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
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.
Lily Stamp - Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lily is an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey taking part in the volunteer research assistant scheme. She is assisting in the Neurodevelopmental Lab on the project looking into the mental health of women and girls with fragile X premutation.
Sophie Channon - Undergraduate Research Assistant
I’m an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Surrey and currently volunteering as a research assistant in the Neurodevelopmental lab, working on a project looking into the behavioural and cognitive characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in genetic syndromes.