Jennifer Glennon

PhD Student

Research Interests

Certain genetic syndromes, like fragile x syndrome and Down syndrome, are associated with elevated rates of autism. However, the nature of these 'syndromic' forms of autism remain poorly understood. Autism in the general population is associated with certain underlying cognitive and neurophysiological characteristics. Under the supervision of Professors Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Michael Thomas, I am investigating whether children exhibiting syndromic forms of autism demonstrate these same characteristics using eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) methods. If they do, we will have support for the application of autism intervention programs to high risk genetic syndrome groups. If not, we will have insight into the nature of syndromic autism profiles, illuminating the complex heterogeneity, both clinical and aetiological, that is associated with this neurodevelopmental disorder.

My doctorate research is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Website:


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

2009 - 2013


Glennon, J. M., Thomas, M. S. C., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (In review). Syndromic autism: Causally of descriptively similar to non-syndromic autism?

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