My research focuses on autistic young people’s mental health as they transition from primary to secondary school. I am particularly interested in understanding why autistic people are found to be more likely to have anxiety or depression, and whether the experience of transitioning to secondary school might play a role in the development or aggravation of mental ill-health. Understanding this will allow us to identify avenues to support these young people and improve their quality of life.

Primary affiliationCentre for Applied Behavioural Sciences,
Department of Psychology,
School of Social Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University
Research profile
SupervisorsDr Mary Elizabeth Stewart, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Gnanathusharan Rajendran, Heriot-Watt University
FundingJames Watt Scholarship (Heriot-Watt University)