I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Life Health and Chemical Sciences at the Open University. With a background in cognitive psychology I am the author of film, multimedia and written teaching resources on autism. My research on autistic cognition embraces a broad interdisciplinary focus on imagination and creativity. Research collaborations include the the HEAT+ project for autism research and rural health worker training in Ethiopia and MIDAS project on early-stage dementia. I recently completed my BA Hons degree in Humanities and Romance languages .