The Academy of Medical Sciences has awarded Dr Amanda Roestorf and Dr Catherine Grainger (Principle Investigator) £25,000 for a further 6 months to fund their project on supporting prospective memory in autistic people. The funding will support planned research activities from January 2022 to June 2022.
Learning from COVID-19: Identifying Facilitators and Barriers of Everyday Functioning and Mental Health for Autistic Adults. A Community Knowledge Exchange Project. National Autistic Society (NAS), City University London and Autistica
Dr Amanda Roestorf and Anna Lambrechts, at the Autism Research Group at City, University of London, have been awarded £7,025 by Research England's Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), to support a Community Knowledge Exchange project. The project is co-produced with autistic adults and parent-advocates of autistic people who speak few to no words. We are inviting the local community of autistic adults to share the helpful and unhelpful factors that have affected their everyday lives and well-being during the pandemic. At the end of the project we will write a brief report to share this information with the community and professionals, as a vital step to supporting autistic adults during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect their well-being.
The project is supported by the National Autistic Society and Autistica to facilitate community engagement and the dissemination of the planned project outputs to their networks of autistic people and professionals working in health and social care services.
Supervision of Research Assistants
The important of self-relevant goals in the development of prospective memory in pre-school aged children. The Carnegie Trust
The Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarships for Undergraduates to facilitate Sarah Gardiner to complete a programme of work, under my supervision. The project will involve an online survey and time-based experimental trial of parent-child dyads to determine the influence of technological advances in everyday prospective memory development of pre-school aged children in Scotland.
Charlton RA, Crompton CJ, Roestorf A, Torry C & The Autistica Physical Health and Ageing Study Group (2021) Social prescribing for autistic people: A framework for service provision [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]. AMRC Open Research, 2, Art. No.: 19. https://doi.org/10.12688/amrcopenres.12901.2
Roestorf A, Howlin P & Bowler DM Ageing on the autism spectrum: A 4-year follow-up study of mental health and quality of life in autistic adults [Ageing, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Autism]. Frontiers in Psychology. https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/16630/addressing-community-priorities-in-autism-research
Gaigg SB, Krug MK, Solomon M, Roestorf A, Derwent C, Anns S, Bowler DM, Rivera S, Nordahl CW & Jones EJH (2020) Eye-Tracking Reveals Absent Repetition Learning Across the Autism Spectrum: Evidence From a Passive Viewing Task. Autism Research, 13 (11), pp. 1929-1946. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2368
Gaigg SB, Flaxman PE, McLaven G, Shah R, Bowler DM, Meyer B, Roestorf A, Haenschel C, Rodgers J & South M (2020) Self-guided mindfulness and cognitive behavioural practices reduce anxiety in autistic adults: A pilot 8-month waitlist-controlled trial of widely available online tools. Autism, 24 (4), pp. 867-883. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320909184
Roestorf A & Grainger C (2020) Prospective Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder. In: Volkmar FR (ed.) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102535-1
Roestorf A, Bowler DM, Deserno MK, Howlin P, Klinger L, McConachie H, Parr JR, Powell P, Van Heijst BFC & Geurts HM (2019) "Older Adults with ASD: The Consequences of Aging." Insights from a series of special interest group meetings held at the International Society for Autism Research 2016–2017. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 63, pp. 3-12. Special Issue: Growing older with autism. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2018.08.007
Todd BK, Fischer RA, Di Costa S, Roestorf A, Harbour K, Hardiman P & Barry JA (2018) Sex differences in children's toy preferences: A systematic review, meta-regression, and meta-analysis. Infant and Child Development, 27 (2), Art. No.: e2064. https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2064
MSc Autism Research (University of Stirling)
MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (City University of London)
BSc Psychology: Developmental Psychology; Lifespan Psychology; Approaches to Autism (City University of London)
BSc Psychology: Research Methods (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Specialist Mentor: Autism & Mental Health in University Students
Autism Awareness Trainer (CPD UK certified training course)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) administration
Universal Design for Inclusive Learning and Teaching
Supporting online Learning and Teaching (synchronous and asynchronous)
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Post-Doctoral Representative