Prof Emily Jones (Birkbeck, University of London)
Dr Ming Wai Wan (University of Manchester)
My research interests lie in understanding the factors contributing to developmental outcome in vulnerable populations. I am interested in early brain development and the role of the early social environment in infant developmental trajectories. During my PhD work I aim to better understand the early developmental mechanisms contributing to autism outcome through combining laboratory and parent-child free play interaction measures. In particular, my research focuses on the investigation of the relationship between brain function and parent-infant interaction in infants with a high and low likelihood of autism, and how this association is linked to autism outcome. In order to examine this, I am following a longitudinal design, utilizing data from the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) collected from infants on a broad battery of processed neurocognitive measures of visual attention and functional brain connectivity and linking these to parent-child interaction measures.
My research is ESRC funded by the UBEL-DTP.
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck (2019-present)
MSc Psychological Research Methods
Birkbeck, University of London, UK (2017-2018)
MA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
University of Birmingham, UK (2014-2015)
BA Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education
University of Patras, Greece (2007-2011)
2017-2018 – Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. Investigating the relationships between brain responses to dynamic eye gaze and quality of parent-infant interaction in infants at-risk for autism. Supervisor: Prof. Emily Jones