Jennifer Glennon

PhD Student

Research Interests

I am interested in ‘syndromic’ autism – that which coincides with a genetic disorder, like Down syndrome or fragile X syndrome (FXS, the leading known genetic cause of autism). Under the supervision of Professor Michael Thomas, I am investigating the perceptual and neural mechanisms underpinning autism profiles in children with FXS using eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) methods. We want to know: ‘is this the same autism that we see in the general population?’. If it is, we will have support for the application of autism intervention programmes to children with FXS exhibiting this comorbidity. If it is not, we will have insight into the nature of autism presentations in FXS, illuminating the complex heterogeneity, both clinical and aetiological, associated with this neurodevelopmental disorder.

This work is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Waterloo Foundation.

Special thanks to my late supervisor Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, who continues to inspire this work.



PhD Psychology

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

2015 – present


MSc Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology

Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK

2014 – 2015


Mainstream Primary School Teacher

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Carlow, Ireland

2013 – 2014


BSc in Primary Education and Psychology

University of Limerick, Ireland

2013 – 2014


Glennon, J. M., Thomas, M. S. C., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (In press). Syndromic Autism: Progressing Beyond Current Levels of Description. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Glennon, J. M., Weiss-Croft, L., Harrison, S., Cross, J. H., Boyd, S. G., & Baldeweg, T. (2016). Interictal epileptiform discharges have an independent association with cognitive impairment in children with lesional epilepsy. Epilepsia. doi:10.1111/epi.13479