Laura's research interests involve using a multi-method approach to investigate cognitive and behavioural processes in neurodevelopmental disorders, with a special focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over the past five years, she has specialised in fMRI data analysis and has been consistently working with people with ASD in a variety of contexts (Spain, Cuba, US, UK), as well as in research, clinical and educational settings.
Laura graduated from the MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham (UK) in September 2020 and completed her BSc in Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in July 2019. She was granted a scholarship by the International Cooperation Programme of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid to do a six-month internship in a mental health service in Havana, Cuba, where she designed and conducted a project assessing the quality of life of children and families attending the centre.
In recent years, Laura has been particularly interested in combining novel functional connectivity analyses of fMRI data with cognitive and self/parent-reported measures to better understand the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive processes and their association with symptom severity, as well as to develop integrated predictive models to inform diagnoses and treatments.
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Functional Connectivity analyses of fMRI data
- Quality of life