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Dr Laura Crane
Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE)
UCL Institute of Education
55-59 Gordon Square
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7331 5141
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating with first class honours (2002-2005).  She was then awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship, enabling her to stay at Goldsmiths and pursue postgraduate training.  This comprised an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (2004-2005, graduating with distinction) and a PhD in Psychology (2006-2009, awarded with no corrections).  Laura's PhD thesis focused on the patterns and profiles of autobiographical memory in autistic adults.


From 2010-2017, Laura worked as a postdoctoral researcher.  During this time, she undertook research on the autism diagnostic process (at Goldsmiths, University of London), on autism within the criminal justice system (at City, University of London), and mental health in autistic adults (at UCL).  


Laura joined UCL Institute of Education as an Associate Professor in 2017.  She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE).


Research Summary

Laura is an Associate Professor based in UCL Institute of Education.  She works within the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), where she also holds the role of Deputy Director. 

Laura's research focuses on two main areas: (1) examining the educational and healthcare experiences of autistic people, their families, and the professionals who work with them; and (2) developing an evidence-base to promote access to justice for witnesses on the autism spectrum (in both the criminal and family justice systems).  

Central to Laura's work is a commitment to involving the communities that she studies in the research process; ensuring this research has a strong participatory ethos and is of direct and practical relevance to those it affects. Laura is also a strong advocate of public engagement and community outreach; ensuring that research is accessible to the public, to policy makers and practitioners, and – importantly – to the autistic community and their allies. 




Teaching Summary

Laura is module leader for the 'Autism: Research and Practice' postgraduate module at UCL Institute of Education.  She also delivers guest lectures on autism for PGCE Secondary secondary students and DEdPsy students at UCL Institute of Education.


Laura supervises several masters and doctoral students (on the PhD, EdD and DEdPsy programmes), all of whom conduct autism research. 


Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of London
2006 MSc Master of Science – Psychology University of London
2005 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of London
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