Emily Jones

Research Fellow

Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX

Phone: +44 (0)20 7631 6323
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 6587
e-mail: e dot jones at bbk dot ac dot uk


Research Interests

My research interests centre on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive variability in the developmental trajectories of young children. Taking a multimodal approach,  I use behavioural, electrophysiological and psychophysiological techniques to investigate the development of core skills such as memory and attention in early development.

I am particularly interested in the early development of basic skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, since understanding how early emerging symptoms  contribute to later difficulties both illuminates the aetiology of the condition and may highlight appropriate targets for intervention. My work in this area has focused on both toddlers with autism and infants at high familial risk for developing autism,  and is associated with the Early Connections Study at the University of Washington, the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) and the Study of Autism and ADHD Risk in Siblings (STAARS) at CBCD. I also collaborate with the Autism Research Group at City University.

Since building collaborative networks is critical to answering core questions about the early development of autism, I am also involved in two European collaborative projects.  I am currently co-ordinating a large cross-European study of infants at high familial risk for autism as part of the EU-AIMS project.  I co-chaired an EU-funded COST Working Group that aims to build capacity for studying high-risk infants in Europe.



“Integrated view on disruptions of early brain development”. Marie Sklowdowska-Curie ETN (2015-2019, Work Package Leader; PI J Buitelaar).

“Attention Control Training in Infants at Risk for ADHD”.  MQ Foundation (2015 – 2018, co-I; PI M Johnson).

“Identifying neurocognitive treatment targets in infants with Neurofibromatosis Type 1”. Action Medical Research (2016 – 2019, co-I; PI M Johnson).

"Understanding the role social touch plays in cognitive development". BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2014-2015, co-PI; with T. Gliga).

"Causal Pathways to Autism: the Role of Autonomic Control & Social Learning".  L'Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2014; PI).

"A cross-sectional study of episodic memory development in Autism Spectrum Disorder". BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2012-2014, co-PI; with S. Gaigg).



Tessel Bazelmans, PhD candidate

Daisy Crawley, PhD candidate

Mutluhan Ersoy, PhD candidate

Anna Gui, PhD candidate

Rianne Haartsen, PhD candidate

Alex Hendry, PhD candidate



Research Scientist III, CCHBD, Seattle Children’s, Seattle, WA; 2010-2012

Autism Speaks Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, W.A.; 2007-2010.

ESRC PhD. Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K.; 2004-2007.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K.; 2005-2007. 

M.Sc. (Distinction) Psychological Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K.; 2003-2004.  

M.Phil. Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K.; 2002-2003.. 

B.A. (Hons.), M.A. Cantab., Natural Sciences: Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; 1999-2002.  With Starred Double First Class.




Jones, E.J.H. (in press). Autism Spectrum Disorders. Cambridge Handbook of Child Development, Cambridge University Press.

Jones, E.J.H. & Johnson, M.J. (in press).  Early neurocognitive markers of developmental psychopathology. International Handbook of Psychopathology.

Bedford, R., Jones, E.J.H., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Pickles, A., & Gliga, T. (in press). Sex differences in the association between infant markers and later autistic traits. Molecular Autism.

Jones, E.J.H., Venema, K., Earl, R., Lowy, R., Barnes, K., Estes, A., Dawson, G., & Webb, S.J. (in press). Reduced engagement with social stimuli in 6-month-old infants with later Autism Spectrum Disorder: A longitudinal prospective study of infants at high familial risk. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Watson, S., Apicella, F., Auyeung, B., Beranova, S., Bonnet-Brilhault, F., Canal-Bedia, R., … Jones, E.J.H., … & Yirmiya, N. (in press). Attitudes of the autism community to early autism research.  Autism.


Loth, E., Spooren, W., Ham, L., Isaacs, M., … Jones, E.J.H., ... & Linares-Garcia (2015).  Towards a common understanding of biomarker approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorders between academia, industry and regulators. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 15(1), 70-73.

Bolte, S., Bartl-Pokomy, K., Jonsson, U., Berggren, S., Zhang, D., Kostrzewa, E., Falck-Ytter, T., Einspieler, C., Pokomy, F., Jones, E.J.H., Roeyers, H., Charman, T., & Marschik, P. (2015). How can clinicians detect and treat autism early? Methodological trends in early autism research. Acta Pediatrica105(2), 137-144.

Bolte, S., Tomalski, P., Marschik, P., Berggren, S., Norberg, J., Falck-Ytter, T., Pokorska, O., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T., Roeyers, H., & Kostrzewa, E. (in press). Challenges and inequalities of opportunities in European psychiatry research: The example of psychodiagnostic tool availability in research on early autism identification. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

Jones, E.J.H., Venema, K., Lowy, R., Earl, R., & Webb, S.J. (2015). Developmental changes in infant brain activity during naturalistic social experiences. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(7), 842-853.

Johnson, M.J., Jones, E.J.H. & Gliga, T. (2015). Brain adaptation and alternative developmental trajectories. Development and Psychopathology, 27(2), 425- 442.

Wass, S.V., Jones, E.J.H., Gliga, T., Smith, T.J., Charman, T., Johnson, M., & the BASIS team (2015). Shorter spontaneous fixation durations in infants with later emerging autism. Nature Scientific Reports, 5.

Green J., Charman T., Pickles A., Wan M.W., Elsabbagh M., Slonims V., Taylor C., McNally J., Booth R., Gliga T., Jones E.J.H., Harrop C., Bedford R., Johnson M.H. & the BASIS team (2015). Parent-mediated intervention for infants at high risk of autism: Randomized clinical trial. Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 2, 133-140. *Named one of the top ten research papers of 2015 by Autism Speaks. https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/autism-speaks-names-t…

Johnson, M.H., Gliga, T., Jones, E.J.H., & Charman, T. (2015). Infant development, autism and ADHD: Early pathways to emerging disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56, 228-247.


Gliga, T., Jones, E.J.H., & Johnson, M.H. (2014). Low noise in autism: Cause or consequence? Autism, 19(3), 369-370.

Orekhova, E.V., Elsabbagh, M., Jones, E.J.H., Dawson, G., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & the BASIS Team (2014). EEG hyperconnectivity in high-risk infants is associated with later autism. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6, 40. doi:10.1186/1866-1955-6-40

Kyllainen, A., Jones, E.J.H., Gomot, M, Warreyn, P., & Falck-Ytter, T. (2014). Practical guidelines for studying young children with autism spectrum disorder in psychophysiological experiments.  Research in Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1, 4, 373-386.

Gliga, T., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T. and Johnson, M.H. (2014). From early markers to neurodevelopmental models of autism. Developmental Review.

Jones, E. J. H., Gliga, T., Bedford, R., Charman, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2014). Developmental pathways to autism: A review of prospective studies of infants at risk. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.12.001

Webb, S.J., Jones, E.J.H., Kelly, J., & Dawson, G. (2014). The motivation for very early intervention in infants at high risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16 (1), 36-42.


Webb, S.J., Bernier, R., Henderson, H.A., Johnson, M.H., Jones, E.J.H., Lerner, M.D., McPartland, J., Nelson, C.A., Rojas, D.C., Townsend, J., & Westerfield, M. (2013). Guidelines and best practices for electrophysiological data collection, analysis and reporting in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(2), 425-443.

Jones, E.J.H., Webb, S.J., Estes, A., & Dawson, G. (2013).  Rule learning in autism: The role of reward type and social context. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 58-77.


Dawson, G., Jones, E.J.H., Faja, S., Kamara, D., Merkle, K., Venema, K., & Webb, S.J. (2012). Early behavioral intervention is associated with normalized brain activity in young children with autism.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(11), 1150-1159.*Named one of the top ten medical breakthroughs of 2012 by Time magazine, and Autism Speaks.

Jones, E.J.H. (2012).  Visual Cognitive Potentials.  Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Faja, S., Webb, S.J., Jones, E.J.H., Merkle, K., Kamara, D., Bavaro, J., Aylward, E., & Dawson, G. (2012).  The effects of face expertise training on the behavioral performance and brain activity of adults with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 278-293.


Webb, S.J., Jones, E.J.H., Merkle, K., Venema, K., Greenson, J., Murias, M., & Dawson, G. (2011). Developmental change in the ERP responses to familiar faces in toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders versus typical development. Child Development, 82, 1868-1886.

Herbert, J.S., & Jones, E.J.H. (in press). Watching, learning, and remembering: Deferred imitation and developmental changes in memory during the first year of life. Journal of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention.

Jones, E.J.H., Pascalis, O., Herbert, J.S., & Eacott, M.J. (2010). Visual recognition memory across contexts.  Developmental Science, 14 (1), 136-147. 

Webb, S.J., Jones, E.J.H., Merkle, K., Namkung, J., Toth, K., Greenson, J., Murias, M. & Dawson, G. (2010). Toddlers with elevated autism symptoms show slowed habituation to faces.  Child Neuropsychology, 16, 255-278. 

Webb, S.J., Jones, E.J.H., Merkle, K., Oskin, N., Murias, M., Greenson, J., Richards, T., Aylward, E., & Dawson, G. (2010). Response to familiar faces, newly familiar faces, and novel faces as assessed by ERPs is intact in adults with autism. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 77, 106-117.

Jones, E.J.H., & Herbert, J.S. (2009). Imitation and the development of infant learning, memory, and categorization. Revue de Primatologie, 1.

Webb, S.J. & Jones, E.J.H. (2009).  Early identification of autism: Early characteristics, onset of symptoms, and diagnostic stability.   Infants and Young Children, 22, 100-118. 

Jones, E.J.H. & Herbert, J.S. (2008).  The effect of learning experiences and context on infant imitation and generalization.  Infancy, 13, 596-619.

Jones, E.J.H. & Herbert, J.S. (2006). Exploring memory in infancy: Deferred imitation and the development of declarative memory. Infant and Child Development, 15, 195-205.  

Jones, E.J.H. & Herbert, J.S. (2006). Using deferred imitation to understand the processes of change in infant memory development. Infant and Child Development, 15, 215-218.