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Autism and Related Disorders

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 Dr Fiona McEwen

Dr Fiona McEwen BSc BVM&S MSc MRCVS

I am a postdoctoral researcher funded by Autism Speaks and I am currently the coordinator for the TS 2000 Study. I studied at the University of Edinburgh (Veterinary Medicine & Surgery and Neuroscience) and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London (MSc and PhD). I am interested in imitation and social development in typical development and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and in how ASD manifests in the genetic condition tuberous sclerosis (TS). Other interests include investigating the extent of the link between cruelty to animals and family violence, and exploring moral and social attitudes to the use of animals in research.


Dr Charlotte Tye BSc MSc PhD

I am a postdoctoral researcher working on the EDiTs Study, supported by a Junior Fellowship award from the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, and I am also involved in the TS 2000, BioNeD and EEG connectivity studies. I studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol before coming to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in 2008 to complete a MSc and PhD in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry. I am particularly interested in the identification of cognitive and neurophysiological markers of neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD and learning disability) within genetically sensitive designs. I am also involved with developmental studies at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. I am the postdoctoral representative for the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and enjoy teaching and supervising MSc and PhD students. You can follow me @Charlotte_Tye_ and find out more about my research here:


Dr Holan Liang MA MBBChir MRCPsych

I am a Clinical Research Fellow supported by The Tuberous Sclerosis Association. I have a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Difficulty) in children. I continue to see patients for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as an Honorary Consultant. I have been a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist leading specialist neurodevelopmental disorders teams in the NHS in London and Hertfordshire. I have experience in conducting commercial and non-commercial clinical trials in children and peer review scientific research for journals such as the British Medical Journal.

I studied experimental psychology and medicine at Cambridge University where I was awarded a university prize for child psychiatry. I trained in psychiatry and child psychiatry at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. I was awarded honorary clinical lecturer status by King's College London in 2005, and have been awarded academic prizes from The Psychiatry Research Trust and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Current projects: In addition to my involvement in the TS2000 project, I am an investigator, along with Professor Patrick Bolton and Principal Investigator Professor Paul Gringras, on a Phase 3 Commercial Trial “A randomized, placebo-controlled study to investigate the efficacy and safety of Circadin to alleviate sleep disturbances in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities” sponsored by Neurim Pharmaceuticals. Our trial centre will run at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, one of 3 UK centres in this International Commercial Trial.


Dr Simona Salomone

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the SGDP centre, working in Professor Patrick Bolton’s group. I am currently conducting a pilot study on attentional control training for infants at risk of ADHD in collaboration with the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) at Birkbeck, led by Professor Mark Johnson. I completed my Psychology Degree and Masters in Neuropsychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca and then I moved to Ireland, where I worked as research assistant for one year at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin, in Professor Ian Roberson’s lab. I did my PhD in the same lab, which I completed in September 2013. For my PhD, I conducted a full, randomized controlled trial of a new attentional training programme for adults with ADHD. I also studied neurophysiological markers of sustained attention deficits in adults with ADHD using electrophysiology (EEG). My research interests are ADHD, cognitive rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation and electrophysiology (EEG).


Amy Goodwin

I am in the first year of my PhD in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, funded by an IoP/MRC studentship. My supervisors are Professor Patrick Bolton and Professor Mark Johnson. My research interests are in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, with a particular interest in typical and atypical attention development in infants and young children. I am currently part of a team leading a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of early attention training for infants at familial risk of ADHD – a project funded by the mental health charity MQ. Previously, I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter, and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York.

 Elizabeth Shephard

Dr Lizzie Shephard, MA MSc PhD

I am a postdoctoral researcher working on the Action Medical Research funded study examining neural connectivity in ASD and ADHD. I studied Psychology (MA) and Social Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) at the University of Aberdeen and then completed a PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham. I came to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience in 2013 to work as a postdoctoral researcher on a 7-year longitudinal follow-up study of infants at-risk for ASD (the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings, BASIS; before joining Professor Patrick Bolton’s team in 2015. My interests are in using EEG and other cognitive neuroscience techniques to understand the neural mechanisms involved in developmental and psychiatric conditions. I am particularly interested in understanding patterns of neural connectivity in different disorders and how they overlap in co-occurring cases.

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