People

A little bit about some of the people who are collaborators in the research featured on these pages:

DART Principal Investigator: Sue Fletcher-Watson

I am the lead on many of the projects featured here, and I’m the one writing this website, and doing the blog. You can reach me using the details in the panel on the right hand side of this page and find out more about my professional background here.

DART Mentor: Helen McConachie

Helen is a Clinical Psychologist, and academic of international standing. She is currently based in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. Helen is mentor to Sue and sat on the Click-East project steering group. Helen has extensive experience in intervention research with people with autism spectrum disorders. Her professional profile can be found here, and you should also check out her research website. Anyone living in the North East of England with an interest in autism spectrum disorders should also explore the Dasl-ne site.

DART Academic Collaborators:

Bonnie Auyeung: A developmental psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Edinburgh and collaborator on many Infant Lab projects.

BASIS: The British Autism Study of Infant Siblings is a London-based research consortium.  DART is affiliated to this group who have generously shared tasks for use in our Infant Lab projects.

James Boardman: senior lecturer and consultant neonatologist at the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory and collaborator on some of the Infant Lab projects.

CALL Scotland: a fantastic research and practitioner group allied to Moray House School of Education, where I work, who offer practical advice on technology for children with additional support needs.

Katie Cebula: a lecturer in developmental psychology in Moray House School of Education and co-supervisor on the TUKS project.

Tony Charman: Chair of the European Co-operation in Science and Technology Action on Enhancing the Scientific Study of Early AutismAs COST Chair Tony is supporting the on-going Engaging in Autism Research project.

DiCE: the Digital Cultures and Education research group at Moray House School of Education

DPiE: the Developmental Psychology in Education research group at Moray House School of Education

Pamela Dicks: Manager of the Scottish Children’s Research Network. She sat on the steering group for Click-East, to give an experienced but independent perspective on the work, and has been an invaluable asset in that role.

Karri Gillespie-Smith: former lead researcher in the Infant Lab who is currently seeking funding to continue her work with DART.

Sean Hammond: lead programmer on the Click-East app, the game as it stands is overwhelmingly his work.

Mari MacFarland: IMFAR special interest group committee member and new curator of the ASDTech mailing list.

Evelyn McGregor: a senior lecturer in developmental psychology in Moray House School of Education and co-supervisor on the TUKS project.

Sarah McGeown: lecturer in developmental psychology in Moray House School of Education and co-supervisor on the Digital Literacy project.

Ian Murray: Medical physicist based in Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh and eye-tracking specialist advisor for the Infant Lab projects.

Jane Norman: Director of the Edinburgh Tommy’s Centre for Reproductive Health and collaborator on some of the Infant Lab projects.

Anne O’Hare: a community paediatrician who holds not one, but two honorary Chairs at the University of Edinburgh. She supported recruitment for the Click-East project as well as giving guidance on all aspects of running a clinical trial. Now she is working with Sue on a series of eye-tracking studies running out of the Infant Lab.

Helen Pain: Reader in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Helen worked with Sue during the development and evaluation of the Click-East app and they are now collaborating on a series of projects via the LaerLab, including the current East Park iPad Project.

Hugh Rabagliati: a developmental psychologist in the Department of Psychology and Director of The Rab Lab.

Antonella Sorace: Professor of Developmental Linguistics, founder and Director of Bilingualism Matters, and collaborator on a new project to explore bilingualism in autism.

Andy Stanfield: co-director of the Patrick Wild Centre for the study of autism, Fragile X syndrome and intellectual disability.

Petra Warreyn: post-doctoral researcher at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and co-developer of a new project to combine technology-based and therapist-led early intervention for autism.

DART Student Collaborators:

Ali Humphry: an undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh, who graduated in 2011. During her final year project she produced and trialled the rewards system that is integrated into the Click-East app and which is considered one of its greatest strengths by parents and teachers who have tested it out.

Yuan Kai and Kun Zhang: the main animators for the Click-East app. They produced the large majority of the graphics and animations used in the game. All of their contributions were absolutely free as part of their final year studies for a degree in Animation at the Edinburgh College of Art.

Emma Moore: a clinician and PhD student working with DART on one of the Infant Lab projects, specifically exploring the development of babies born pre-term.

Sinead O’Brien: a masters student in Moray House School of Education who is leading the East Park iPad Project

Ashley Peacock: A masters student in Informatics who is part of the LaerLab group and developing an online ‘autism simulator’ to help individuals gain some insight into the sensory experiences often associated with the condition.

Joy Tsai: a PhD student in the Moray House School of Education who is running the TUKS project.

Thanks are also due to the following organisations, all of whom have supported DART projects:

The Click-East funder, the Nuffield Foundation; the Scottish Autism Research Group (SARG); Interface 3; Visiting Teaching and Support Services (VTSS).

And especially all the anonymous children and parents, teachers and other professionals who have participated in our development and research process.