Hannah Pickard

Postdoctoral Researcher

Email address: hannah.pickard@bbk.ac.uk

Twitter: @Hr_pickard 


Research Interests

My PhD research (completed at King’s College London) focused on better understanding the behavioural and cognitive mechanism underlying mental health problems in autistic and non-autistic individuals. I have recently joined the CINELab as a postdoctoral researcher on the Nuffield Foundation-funded Bedtime Boost Trial. I am interested in understanding how pathways of cognitive development may contribute towards the emergence of mental health problems in children with neurodevelopmental conditions. I am also interested in environmental factors that influence cognitive development (e.g. attention) across childhood. I am passionate about working with community partners to help make research more inclusive, accessible and meaningful.


Education history

PhD Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, King’s College London (2016-2020)

MSc Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (Distinction), King’s College London (2015-2016)

MSc Research Methods in Psychology (Distinction), University College London (2013-2014)

BSc hons Psychology (First Class), University of Roehampton (2010-2013)


Public engagement

Aut2Engage: Building a Participatory Framework for Early Career Autism Researchers (July 2017 – May 2018; https://craeioe.tumblr.com/post/173034585908/aut2engage-building-a-participatory-framework)



Pickard, H., Pellicano, E., den Houting, J., & Crane, L. (2021). Participatory autism research: Early career and

established researchers' views and experiences. Autism. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211019594

Pickard, H., Hirsh, C., Simonoff, E., & Happé, F. (2020). Exploring the cognitive, emotional and sensory correlates of

social anxiety in autistic and neurotypical adolescents, The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(12), 1317-

1327. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13214

Pickard, H., Happé, F., & Mandy, W. (2018). Navigating the social world: The role of social competence, peer

victimisation and friendship quality in the development of social anxiety in childhood. Journal of Anxiety Disorders,

60, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.09.002

Pickard, H., Rijsdijk, F., Happé, F., & Mandy, W. (2017). Are social and communication difficulties a risk factor for the development of social anxiety?. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry56(4), 344-351. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2017.01.007