David is an MRC funded PhD student within the Re:Spect Research group (2019-2022), supervised by Prof Francesca Happé, Professor Karen Glaser, and Professor Pat Howlin.
His research aims to explore the outcomes for older autistic adults. This will involve following up a cohort of autistic adults originally diagnosed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Both objective (e.g. employment) and subjective outcomes (e.g. quality of life) will be investigated.
David has a BSc (Hons) in Integrated Health from the University of Northumbria, a PGCE in Mathematics from Sunderland University, and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Northumbria. Prior to beginning his PhD studentship, David worked for three years as a research assistant at Newcastle University; researching different aspects of the lives of autistic people including quality of life, anxiety measurement, and physical healthcare.
When he’s not studying, David is interested in reading (fiction!), cinema-going, and amateur card magic.