Department of Psychology

Dr Katie Maras

Katie Maras

LecturerBSc, MSc, PhD

10West 2.34

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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) 

Interested in taking part in the research? CAAR are recruiting both autistic adults and adults without autism to participate in studies.

Interested in doing a PhD in this area? Please get in touch to discuss potential opportunities.

A lecturer in psychology with particular expertise in autism and forensic psychology


Dr Katie Maras is a Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director (Public Engagement) for the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at Bath. Her research takes a theoretically informed applied approach, rooted largely in memory and cognition, to enhance understanding of the issues that autistic individuals face in important real life contexts such as the Criminal Justice System, healthcare consultations, and employment interviews. For example, a current focus of Katie’s research is on how the unique profile of socio-cognitive strengths and weaknesses in autism affects recall in police interviews, and how adaptations to current practice can be made to support this. She is also interested in how metacognitive support can facilitate learning in educational contexts.

After completing a PhD at City University London in 2011 exploring eyewitness testimony by autistic witnesses, 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 becoming a Lecturer in 2015. She was recently awarded an ESRC ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant to create guidance for professional groups when interviewing autistic adults. Katie is also running a BA/Leverhulme-funded research project testing how executive-related difficulties in maintaining processing priorities in autism may be ameliorated in order to produce better recall in police interviews.

Research interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Episodic and autobiographical memory
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Social cognition


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