Rachel’s research interests centre on autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
She examines issues of central concern to autistic people, including mental health, suicidality, self-injury, ageing and late-diagnosis. Rachel also investigates aspects of cognition and sex differences between autistic men and women.
Previously, she has used neurometabolic (MRI, DTI) and electrophysiological (EEG, MEG) methods to investigate language, emotion and social processes in people with and without ASC, and to study differences in brain connectivity between autistic and non-autistic people.
Rachel is passionate about debunking myths and stigma around autism, and increasing acceptance of people with brains that are wired differently.
Her media experience includes writing for The Conversation and appearances on ITV’s Fixers.