Curriculum Vitae

Academic

Positions

 

University of Cambridge    

Department of Experimental Psychology 

2018 ~ present

Lecturer, Principal Investigator

Royal Society Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellow

Autistica Future Research Leader

Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging     

University College London  

2013 ~ 2017.

 

Senior Post-doctoral Fellow

Supervisor: Prof Geraint Rees

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN)       

University College London    

2011 ~ 2013   

Post-doctoral Research Associate.

Supervisor: Prof Jonathan Roiser

Education

PhD, MRC – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit   2006 ~ 2010

Degree conferred: May 2011

University of Cambridge, UK

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Calder      

Advisor: Dr Rik Henson

Thesis Title: “The Visual Representation of Cues to Social Attention: behavioural, fMRI and TMS investigations”

 

 

BSc/MA (Hons) Psychology/Philosophy              2002 ~ 2006 University of Glasgow, UK  

Degree Class: First   

Additional
research
Experience

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN)                                     

Summer 2008

University College London

Collaborators: Dr David Pitcher, Prof Vincent Walsh

 

Visiting Scientist – collaboration using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate the role of occipital and superior temporal face regions in gaze and head direction processing.

 

York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC)                                    

Aug 2005 ~ September 2005

Funding provided by the Wellcome Trust.

Supervisor: Professor Andy Young.

 

Visiting student - research project investigating neural correlates of multisensory face/voice integration using Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Grants, Awards &
Fellowships

2018: Autistica Future Leader Award (2019-2022)

            £100,000 – research grant

           “Intolerance of uncertainty in anxiety: towards autism specific interventions”

           

2018: UCL Neuroscience Early Career Research Prize

2018: Psychopharmacology Award (BAP, junior non-clinical category)

2018: Society for Biological Psychiatry Early Career Investigator Award

 

2017: Wellcome Trust Henry Dale fellowship (2018-2023)

           £ 983,275 – personal fellowship

           “Contextual determinants of surprise in health, development and disorder”

 

2016:  Experimental Psychology Society Small Grant

            £2500 – sole applicant

           “Are high-level visual aftereffects perceptual?”

 

2015:  BAP post-graduate travel bursary - £200 to attend, Bristol, UK.

2014:  British Association of Neuropsychiatry, Lishman Prize winner.

2015:  Visual Neurosciences Summer School – Rauischholzhausen

             Competitive selection: tuition, food and accommodation.

2013:  British Association of Neuropsychiatry Conference bursary, waived registration.

2012:  BAP Poster Prize - £100 and award.

2012:  BAP post-graduate bursary - £200 to attend, Harrogate, UK.

2010:  Darwin Travel Grant - £700 to attend VSS, Florida.

2009:  Brain Travel Grant - £800 to attend CNS, San Francisco, USA.

2008:  EPS Grindley Grant - £200 to attend, York, UK.

2007:  Darwin Travel Grant - £500 to attend VSS, Florida.

2006:  Medical Research Council Studentship (£81,211)

2005:  Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship (£2000)

Teaching

2019 ~ present      Lecturer, University of Cambridge                                  

                                  Part II/PBS6 - Development and Psychopathology                                  

                                  Advanced Autism x4 lectures (module convenor)                                

                                  NST Part II – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience                                  

                                  Advances in stress and stress related disorders x 1 lecture 
 
2019 ~ present      Clare College (Fellow)                                 

                                  Director of Studies (Psychological and Behavioural Sciences)                                                                Supervisions PBS2 – Psychological Enquiry & Methods 

2017 ~ 2018           University of Cambridge (Affiliate Lecturer)                                  

                                 Part IB & MVST 2017 – Atypical Psychology                                  

                                 Autism, Schizophrenia, Phobias,                                  

                                 Depression, OCD, Anorexia.                                  

                                 Part II/PBS 8 2017 – Development and Psychopathology                                  

                                 Autism (x 4), Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder                                  

                                 Part IIb/PBS 11 2018 – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience                                                           Autism, Adolescence     
 
2016 ~ 2018:         UCL Cognitive Neuroscience
MSc                                

                                “Neurocomputational approaches to autism”

2014 ~ 2016          University of Birmingham                                

                                Matlab: “Cogent for stimulus presentation”

2013 ~ 2018:         UCL Matlab Course MSc                                  

                               “Cogent and advanced Cogent for programming experiments”  

2008 ~ 2009:         University of Cambridge                                

                                Undergraduate supervisions (Girton College, Cambridge):                                  

                                Part IB (2nd year) Experimental Psychology 
 
 

 

Graduate
Supervision

University of Cambridge

2020 ~ 2023            Ph.D( supervisor), Timothy Sandhu 

                                 “Noradrenaline and learning under uncertainty”

2019 ~ 2022            Ph.D( supervisor) Claudia Lage 

                                 “Cognitive Flexibility in atypical development”

2018 ~ 2021            Ph.D (co-supervisor), Nazia Jassim 

                                  “Systematising and learning in autism spectrum disorder”

2018 ~ 2019            MPhil. (res), Mandy Lathan 

                                 “Perceptual biases in depressive disorder”

University College London

2016 ~ 2017         MSc, Shravanti Shankar 

                               “Divisive computations in autistic visual perception”.  

2015 ~ 2016         MSc, Jan Grohn 

                              “Cross-cultural effects of context sensitive vision”.  *Dean’s list of top performance     

2014 ~ 2015         MSc, Ainslie Johnson 

                              “Perceptual confidence in autism spectrum disorder”. *Shallice Prize winner

2013 ~ 2014         MSc, Mitch Mantella 

                               “Low-level visual gain control mechanisms in autism”.  

2012 ~ 2013         MSc, Jess Aylward 

                               “Adaptive coding mechanisms in adults with autism”.

2011 ~ 2012         MSc, Charlotte Rae

                               “Adaptive coding mechanisms and autism spectrum traits”. 

Awards, Travel and Prizes

2019:  Autistica Future Leaders Award

2018:  UCL Early Career Neuroscience Prize (£750)

2018:  Psychopharmacology Prize (junior; non-clinical category £250)

2018:  Society for Biological Psychiatry Early Career Researcher Award ($2000)

2015:  BAP post-graduate travel bursary - £200 to attend, Bristol, UK.

2014:  British Association of Neuropsychiatry Lishman Prize.

2015:  Visual Neurosciences Summer School – Rauischholzhausen              

Competitive selection: tuition, food and accommodation.

2013:  British Association of Neuropsychiatry Conference bursary, waived registration. 2012:  BAP Poster Prize - £100 and award.

2012:  BAP post-graduate bursary - £200 to attend, Harrogate, UK.

2010:  Darwin Travel Grant - £700 to attend VSS, Florida.

2009:  Brain Travel Grant - £800 to attend CNS, San Francisco, USA.

2008:  EPS Grindley Grant - £200 to attend, York, UK. 

Grants
&
Funding

2019-2022: Autistica Future Leaders Fellowship            

                    £100,000 –  sole PI            

                    “Intolerance of Uncertainty: towards autism specific interventions for anxiety”

2017-2023: Wellcome Trust Henry Dale fellowship            

                    £ 983,275 – sole PI          

                    “Contextual determinants of surprise in health, development and disorder”

2016-2018:  Experimental Psychology Society Small Grant              

                    £2500 – sole PI          

                     “Are high-level visual aftereffects perceptual?”  

2006:  Medical Research Council Doctoral Studentship (£81,211)

2005:  Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship (£2000) 
 

Selected Invited
Talks

“Prediction, perception and computational psychiatry”, Chaucer Club, CBU, Cambridge, UK, 2019 “Introduction to Computational Psychiatry”, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Luton, UK, 2019

“Prediction and Learning in Autism Spectrum Disorder”, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2019 “

A more precise look at “context” in autism spectrum disorder”, Hokkaido, Japan, 2019

“Learning to build expectations in neuropsychiatric disorders”, Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan, January 2019

“Getting Computational about Context in Autism”, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar, University College London, October 2018

“Modelling cortical gain in autism (without any neuroimaging)”, Zangwill Talk Series, Dept of Psychology, University of Cambridge, October 2018

“Computational and pharmacological mechanisms of surprise”, British Association of Psychopharmacology Meeting, London, July 2018. *Prize talk

“The probabilistic brain in autism”, UCL Neurosciences Symposium, London, July 2018. *Prize talk

“Sensory adaptation, sensory sensitivity and autism enabled environments”, June 2018, Autistica Summit, London.  

“The probabilistic brain in autism”, Durham University, Durham, UK, March 2018

“Modelling cortical gain in autism”, Affective Brain Seminar Series, UCL, February, 2018 

Learning to be surprised in autism”, BCCCD symposium on Predictive Processing in ASD, Budapest, Hungary, January 2018

High-resolution imaging at 3Tesla”, Cognition and Brain Sciences Methods Day, Cambridge, UK, December 2017

Weighing the past against the present: Bayesian approaches to autism”, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge, UK, July 2017

Weighing the past against the present: learning and uncertainty autism”, University of York, York, August 2017.

Learning to be surprised and expecting the unexpected in autism”, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford, UK, June 2017.

 “Confidence and Uncertainty in autism spectrum disorder”, International Symposium on Developmental Neuroscience and Robotics, Osaka, Japan, December 2016

"Contextualising context in autism spectrum disorder” IoPPN Kings College London, November 2016.

"How important is the top-down contribution to vision?” University of Cambridge, October 2016.

"Visual perception in autism spectrum disorders", Goldsmiths University London, October 2015.

"An aberrant precision account of autism", Birkbeck Computational Psychiatry Journal Club, Birkbeck University, London, May 2015.

"Toward a neurocomputational understanding of autism spectrum disorder", UCL Computational Psychiatry Workshop, London, April 2015.

"Evidence for deficient precision setting in autism; behaviour, Bayesian modelling and noradrenergic function", KU Leuven, Predictive Coding in Autism Workshop, Belgium, March 2015

"Habenula Responses in Major Depression: A High-Resolution fMRI Study", Society for Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, USA, May 2013.

Autism Spectrum Traits and Adaptive Coding Mechanisms”, Autism Journal Club, SGDP, Kings College London, November 2013

"The visual representation of human body orientation", Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Tea Time Talk, UCL, London, July 2010.

"Neural representation of Human Bodies", E1 Meeting, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, December 2008.

"Adaptation of Visual Cues to Social Attention", MRC CBU, Cambridge, May 2008.

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