Jennifer Glennon

PhD Student

Research Interests

My research is concerned with investigating the nature of autism presentations exhibited by children with Down syndrome (DS) and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). I want to know: ‘Is this the same autism that we see in the general population?’. This question holds clinical relevance regarding the suitability of current autism intervention programs for these children with DS and FXS. Under the supervision of Professor Michael Thomas, I am using eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) to elucidate the cognitive and neurophysiological processes underpinning this comorbidity in children aged between 6 and 10 years.

If you have a child with FXS or DS who falls within this age bracket and are interested in taking part or learning more about the study, please do contact me at
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., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Thomas, M. S. C. (2017). Syndromic Autism: Progressing Beyond Current Levels of Description. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 4, 321. doi:10.1007/s40489-017-0116-2

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