Social, cognitive and interoceptive processes

Our Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) leads in developing and integrating novel cognitive and neuroscientific methodologies to improve the understanding of autism. Our research focuses on social cognition, emotional processing, and interoception.

Developing practical applications

We develop clinical and educational interventions, and digital interventions are a major focus.

Our interventions include addressing high levels of anxiety within autism, supporting maths learning and reducing what is often referred to as ‘challenging behaviour’ in autism.

We incorporate the development and implementation procedures and guidelines for evidenced-based practice to improve consistency and fidelity of interventions.

Inclusive communities

We aim to support efficient transition in and out of appropriate service provision, including:

  • school, university and employment (for example the Autism Summer School for autistic people considering going to university)
  • clinical, health and social services
  • the criminal justice system (for example the development of interview protocols for the police and legal professionals when they are interviewing autistic people)

We liaise with health-related professionals (adult and child) and provides a forum through which the autistic and autism communities can contribute to the development of research evaluating service provision.