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Steve joined KCL as staff member in Autumn 2017 after completing my PhD at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His area of expertise is in atypical neurodevelopment such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has used cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) in his previous projects.

Research Interests

  • ASD
  • ADHD
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Emotion Regulation

Research Groups

Steve is a member of the Regulating Emotions – Strengthening Adolescent Resilience (RE-STAR) team, under the lead of Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke. The project aims to better understand the role of emotion regulation difficulties in the development of mental health problems in neurodiverse adolescents.

Steve was previously part of Professor Katya Rubia’s ADHD fMRI Neurofeedback Imaging Study (AFNIS) research team, which investigated the efficacy of fMRI neurofeedback for ADHD children using a double-blind, randomised, sham-controlled trial.

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Steve has given talks to parent support groups about his research


Neural Correlates of Duration Discrimination in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Their Comorbid Presentation. (2018). Lukito, S. D., O'Daly, O. G., Lythgoe, D. J., Whitwell, S., Debnam, A., Murphy, C. M., Ashwood, K., Stoencheva, V., Simonoff, E. & Rubia, K. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 9:569. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00569  

Specificity of Executive Function and Theory of Mind Performance in Relation to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders. (2017). Lukito, S., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Baird, G., Happe, F. G. E., Charman, T. & Simonoff, E. Molecular Autism. 8:60.  doi: 10.1186/s13229-017-0177-1 

Comparative Multimodal Meta-analysis of Structural and Functional Brain Abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. (2017). Carlisi, C. O., Norman, L. J., Lukito, S., Radua, J., Mataix-Cols, D. & Rubia, K. Biol Psychiatry82(2):83-102. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.10.006 

Structural and Functional Brain Abnormalities in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Comparative Meta-analysis (2016). Norman, L. J., Carlisi, C., Lukito, S., Hart, H., Mataix-Cols, D., Radua, J. & Rubia, K. JAMA Psychiatry. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0700 


Systematic Literature Review 7PCCLR00 since 2017  

Research Methods II: Analysis and Reporting 7PACCKNO from January 2020