My PhD thesis aims to investigate empathy in adolescents with and without autism. Additionally, I am interested in the role that sex hormones (e.g., testosterone) and social hormones (e.g., oxytocin and vasopressin) play in different types of empathy in adolescents with and without autism. More information about this research project can be found here.
My masters thesis was also conducted at the Bio-Empathy lab. It focused on the role of hormonal imbalance, and in particular, sex-hormone imbalance, in increasing risk for autism spectrum conditions in women. To better understand the role of hormones in predicting an autism diagnosis in women I am utilizing a large data set that was collected by the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.
I received support for my PhD from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Offer Prize for research in adolescence.