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Centre for Research in Autism and Education

Enhancing the lives of autistic people and their families through ground-breaking scientific research.

Director: Professor Anna Remington

The UCL Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) is based within the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL IOE.

About us 


CRAE’s mission is to help enhance the lives of autistic people and their families.

CRAE is a team of autistic and non-autistic people, headed by Professor Anna Remington. We conduct ground-breaking scientific research to enhance our knowledge about support, education and outcomes for autistic people, their families and those who support them. This research aims to be collaborative in nature; doing research with autistic people, rather than on or about them. 

We work to ensure that this evidence-based knowledge is translated to that it can have meaningful impact and make a real difference to people’s everyday lives. 

We are committed to actively engage with autistic people and their allies (e.g., families, teachers, clinicians), as well as policy-makers and the wider public to promote awareness and acceptance of autism. We strive to achieve this through collaborative research practice, sharing knowledge and hosting an active programme of free public engagement events. 



Research Assistants

  • Jade Davies
  • Freya Elise 
  • Audrey Linden
  • Charlie Hamilton, Communications Assistant

Doctoral students

  • Heba Al-Jayoosi
  • Maria Ashworth
  • Sam Dexter
  • Ginny D'Odorico
  • Emeline Han
  • Alison Livemore
  • Sarah Quinnell 
  • Norah Richards
  • Clare Truman 

Honorary staff

  • Victoria Bovell OBE, Senior Research Associate
  • Ali Northcott, Researcher and Artist in Residence
  • Katelyn Smalley, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Kana Umagami, Honorary Research Fellow

We are hugely grateful to the wonderful research participants, funders and collaborators who make the work that we do possible.

Currently, we are generously supported by the Pears Foundation.

We are also indebted to our initial 2009 funders, alongside the Pears Foundation, the Clothworkers Foundation and the Kirby Lang Foundation we are thankful of the support of Ambitious about Autism, Autistica, The Bloomsbury Colleges, The British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, European Research Council, UCL Grand Challenges, and the Wellcome Trust.

A huge thank you to all the autistic children, young people and adults, their families and those who support them, and to all of the schools with whom we work. Our work would simply not be possible without their continued support.


Our research

Our centre has a broad, active programme of research including experimental work on social, cognitive and perceptual development in autistic children, adolescents and adults. Insights from this research help us to develop and test different intervention and education approaches to better understand how autistic people learn.

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