Department of Psychology

Dr Katie Maras

Katie Maras

LecturerBSc, MSc, PhD

WH 6.8

Email: k.l.maras@bath.ac.uk

Research funding
  • 2016-2018:ESRC Future Research Leaders: Reporting by people with autism: A new evidence-based supportive model for information gathering in applied interview contexts 
  • 2015-2016: BA/Leverhulme: The effect of working memory load on effective information filtering in autism spectrum disorder (with Dr Sebastian Gaigg)
  • 2014: ESRC Festival of Social Science: Experiences of autism and policing: where are we now and where do we go next? (with Dr Laura Crane)
  • 2012-2014: British Psychological Society Public Engagement Grant: Autism and the Criminal Justice System
  • 2012-2013: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: Eyewitness testimony by adults with autism spectrum disorder (Royal Holloway, University of London) 
A lecturer in psychology with particular expertise in autism and forensic psychology

Profile

Dr Katie Maras is a Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the CASTL (Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories) at Bath. Her research interests lie in applied cognitive psychology, with two main strands: autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and eyewitness/forensic psychology.

After completing a PhD at City University London in 2011 exploring eyewitness testimony by people with ASD, Katie was awarded a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to extend this work at Royal Holloway, University of London. She moved to Bath in 2013 as Prize Fellow in Psychology, before her role changed to Lecturer in 2015. She was recently awarded an ESRC ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant to create guidance for professional groups when interviewing adults with ASD. http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/research/projects/support-adults-autism-interviews

A current focus of Katie’s research is on how the unique profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses of people with ASD affect their performance and outcomes in real world contexts, including the Criminal Justice System (CJS), healthcare consultations, employment interviews and education. She is also currently working on a BA/Leverhulme-funded project testing how ASD executive-related difficulties in maintaining processing priorities may be ameliorated in order to produce better recall in CJS interview contexts. 

Research interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Investigative interviewing 
  • Vulnerable individuals in the Criminal Justice System
  • Episodic  and autobiographical memory
  • Social cognition 

Publications

Book Sections

Maras, K. and Wilcock, R., 2013. Suggestibility in vulnerable groups: witnesses with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and older people. In: Ridley, A. M., Gabbert, F. and La Rooy, D. J., eds. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 149-170.

Articles

Wimmer, M. C., Maras, K. L., Robinson, E. J. and Thomas, C., 2016. The format of children's mental images:evidence from mental scanning. Cognition, 154, pp. 49-54.

Crane, L., Maras, K. L., Hawken, T., Mulcahy, S. and Memon, A., 2016. Experiences of autism spectrum disorder and policing in England and Wales:surveying police and the autism community. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (6), pp. 2028-2041.

Wimmer, M. C., Maras, K. L., Robinson, E. J., Doherty, M. J. and Pugeault, N., 2015. How visuo-spatial mental imagery develops:Image generation and maintenance. PLoS ONE, 10 (11), e0142566.

Maras, K., Mulcahy, S. and Crane, L., 2015. Editorial:Is autism linked to criminality? Autism, 19 (5), pp. 515-516.

Wimmer, M., Maras, K., Robinson, L. and Thomas, C., 2015. The format of children’s mental images: Penetrability of spatial images. European Journal of Developmental Psychology

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2014. Eyewitness testimony in autism spectrum disorder:a review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (11), pp. 2682-2697.

Maras, K. L., Wimmer, M. C., Robinson, E. J. and Bowler, D. M., 2014. Mental imagery scanning in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (10), pp. 1416-1423.

Maras, K. L., Mulcahy, S., Memon, A., Picariello, F. and Bowler, D., 2014. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Self-Administered Interview© for witnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28 (5), pp. 693-701.

Maras, K. L., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D. M., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 (8), pp. 1798-1810.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Context reinstatement effects on eyewitness memory in autism spectrum disorder. British Journal of Psychology, 103 (3), pp. 330-342.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Brief Report: Suggestibility, compliance and psychological traits in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6 (3), 1168–1175.

Maras, K. L., Gaigg, S. B. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Memory for emotionally arousing events over time in autism spectrum disorder. Emotion, 12 (5), 1118–1128.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D. M., 2011. Brief Report: Schema consistent misinformation effects in eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (6), pp. 815-820.

Valentine, T. and Maras, K., 2011. The effect of cross-examination on the accuracy of adult eyewitness testimony. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25 (4), pp. 554-561.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2010. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40 (11), pp. 1350-1360.

Conference or Workshop Items

Maras, K., Brosnan, M. and Gamble, T., 2016. Metacognitive Support for Mathematics Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In: International Meeting for Autism Research, 2016-05-12 - 2016-05-14.

Maras, K., Crane, L. and Memon, A., 2015. Do behaviours and stereotypes influence mock juror perceptions of witnesses with autism? In: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2015-06-24 - 2015-06-27, British Columbia.

Maras, K., Brosnan, M. and Gamble, T., 2015. Supporting metacognitive difficulties to improve mathematics learning in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2015-06-24 - 2015-06-27, British Columbia.

Maras, K. L. and Memon, A., 2014. Perceived credibility of witnesses with autism spectrum disorder: Do behavioural manifestations influence mock juror perceptions? In: International Meeting for Autism Research, 2014-05-14 - 2014-06-21, USA.

Maras, K. and Crane, L., 2014. Experiences of Autism and Policing. In: ESRC Festival of Social Sciences “Autism and Policing” event, 2014-11-04 - 2014-11-04.

Maras, K., Crane, L. and Mattison, M., 2014. Obtaining best evidence from people with autism at police interview. In: Autism and the Criminal Justice System conference,, 2014-09-12 - 2014-09-12.

Lambrechts, A., Gaigg, S., Yarrow, K., Maras, K. and Fusaroli, R., 2014. Temporal dynamics of speech and gesture in Autism Spectrum Disorder. In: 5th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2014, 2014-11-05 - 2014-11-07, Vietri sul Mare. IEEE, pp. 349-352.

Maras, K., Mulcahy, S., Memon, A., Picariello, F. and Bowler, D., 2013. Evaluating the effectiveness of the self administered interview for witnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: 6th Annual Conference & Masterclass of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), 2013-07-01 - 2013-07-05.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: SARMAC Conference X: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2013-06-27 - 2013-06-29.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: International Meeting For Autism Research 2013, 2013-05-01 - 2013-05-04.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: American Psychology-Law Society, 2013-03-07 - 2013-03-09.

Maras, K., Wimmer, M. and Robinson, L., 2013. Young children’s mental images are pictorial and not influenced by top-down processes. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, 2012-07-11 - 2012-07-13.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2011. Context reinstatement effects on eyewitness memory in autism spectrum disorder. In: The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition biannual conference, 2011-06-27 - 2011-07-29.

Maras, K., Gaigg, S. and Bowler, D., 2011. Memory for emotionally arousing events over time in autism spectrum disorder. In: 5th International Conference on Memory, 2011-07-31 - 2011-08-05.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2009. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: The 15th South African Psychology Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa, 2009-08-11 - 2009-08-14.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2009. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: International Meeting for Autism Research 2009, 2009-05-07 - 2009-05-09.

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