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Miss Kana Umagami
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  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Kana is a PhD student at the Center for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education. 

Kana is an autistic autism researcher and committed to serving autistic individuals and their families through research, advocacy, and support. 

As an autism advocate, she has shared her experiences of being an autistic individual and/or being an autistic autism researcher on media such as Spectrum and BBC. At UCL, she started the first-ever autistic peer group in 2019 (currently called UCL Autism Society), which has helped many autistic students to have a place to belong.

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Kana's PhD research focuses on understanding autistic adults' experiences of loneliness and investigates if and how accurately existing loneliness measures capture experiences of loneliness in autistic adults.

Kana is passionate about involving the autistic and broader autism communities in the research process to conduct research that positively impacts the day-to-day life of autistic adults.

In addition to her PhD research, she has been involved in multiple participatory autism research projects in and outside of UCL as an autistic collaborator. Recently, she was involved in research exploring autistic students' experiences of Statement of Reasonable Adjustments (SoRA) in the UK.  

Academic Background
  BS Leadership with double minors in Psychology and Business Northeastern University
  PGCert Autism and Asperger?s Syndrome Sheffield Hallam University
  MA Counselling psychology Boston College
    Counselling Theory Boston College
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