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Jennifer Mayer

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  • 2056 Parkstead House, Whitelands

20122020

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Biography

Dr Jennifer Mayer is the Deputy Head of the Psychology Department and a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Roehampton. Jennifer completed her PhD at the Goldsmiths College, University of London exploring the cognitive, behavioural and clinical correlates associated with atypical auditory processing in high-functioning adults with ASD, in particular how age and sensory processing impact encoding and recall speech. Jennifer's research interests fall within the Developmental and Cognitive fields of Psychology focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and aspects of autistic symptomatology that are related to autistic traits in the typically developing population.

Qualifications

PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), SFHEA

Research interests

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing, Alexithymia, Autistic Traits, Speech Processing, Auditory Perception, Language Development, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Aging.

My research has two key, related strands - adults with ASD and sensory processing behaviours. Previous research has explored the cognitive, behavioural and clinical correlates associated with atypical auditory processing in high-functioning adults with ASD, in particular how age and sensory processing impact encoding and recall speech. More recent research has examined the role of atypical sensory processing during auditory and visual processing tasks, with a focus on how increased sensory information may impact learning and productivity in classroom and office environments. Adults with ASD are currently an underrepresented population in the field and I am keen to investigate their experiences and perceptions. In particular, I am examining self-developed coping mechanisms in adults with ASD and experiences of receiving an ASD diagnosis. Further research is examining the broader autism phenotype, in particular the relationship between autistic behaviours such as sensory processing, alexithymia and attachment and autistic traits in typically developing individuals.

Research projects

Smell, vision and hearing: sensory behaviour and autistic traits, Science Museum London Research Residency, In collaboration with Dr Margot Crossman & Dr Jon Silas, 2016

Janus face of autism, in collaboration with Dr Paul Dickerson, 2014-Present

Sensory processing and social oritentation in high-fuctioning autistic adults, Primary PhD Supervisor for Simona Skripkauskaite, 2014-Present

Perceiving intended expression of dance by individuals with autism, Research Coordinator 2011-2012

Visual attention in adults with ASD, Research Coordinator 2011-2012

Visual attention in children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, Research Assistant 2009

Object-direct imitation in children with autism, ESRC funded project, Research Assistant 2008-2009

Professional affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society Developmental Section

International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

Teaching

Social and Developmental Psychology (1) - 1st Year Compulsary Module

Psychology in the Real World - 1st Year Single Honours Psychology Module

Social and Developmental Psychology (2) - 2nd Year Compulsary Module

Understanding Mental Health (2) - 2nd Year Single Honours Psychology Module

Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach - 3rd Year Optional Module

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Research Output

Brief article: typical hierarchical processing in autistic adults

Mayer, J. & Skripkauskaitė, S., 8 Apr 2020, In : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY.

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Mapping the developmental trajectory and correlates of enhanced pitch perception on speech processing in adults with ASD

Mayer, J., Hannent, I. & Heaton, P., May 2016, In : JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS. 46, 5, p. 1562-1573 11 p.

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Do Children With Autism Re-Enact Object Movements Rather Than Imitate Demonstrator Actions?

Custance, D. M., Mayer, J., Kumar, E., Hill, E. & Heaton, P. F., Feb 2014, In : AUTISM RESEARCH. 7, 1, p. 28-39 11 p.

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Thesis

Domain general attention processes and stimuli properties: underlying atypical social attention in high-functioning adults with ASD

Author: Skripkauskaitė, S., 15 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Bray, D. (Supervisor), Mayer, J. (Supervisor) & Slade, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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