Dr Gullon-Scott has been working in the field of autism for 25 years as an academic, researcher and clinician. Current research interests include identification and understanding of autism in females; cognitive and neuropsychological processes in autism; and overlaps with other conditions. She currently holds a post at Newcastle University on the DCLinPsy Programme, as well as an Associate Senior Lecturer post with the Tizard Centre.
Dr Gullon-Scott has an Independent clinical practice, and is autism lead at the Psychological Therapies Clinic at Newcastle University. She has travelled the World delivering training and consultancy to various groups, including the Singapore Ministries of Health and Education, Sendai University in Japan, and autism services in Malta, Portugal, Hungary, and Finland to name but a few.
She has published articles and book chapters, co-produced a DVD on Asperger syndrome and an online MOOC on ‘Understanding Autism’, developed a screening tool for autism in mainstream children, been involved with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism, the National Initiative for Assessment and Screening in Autism, a Department of Health report on Asperger Syndrome, many television, radio and newspaper articles on autism spectrum conditions, and has reviewed and refereed for many journals.
This presentation will explore the ways in which current screening and diagnostic tools, and diagnostic assumptions, can lead to girls and women being missed or misdiagnosed. It will go on to look at some of the ways in which autism presents in females, the overlaps with sensory differences or anxiety, and the ways in which we can improve awareness and identification. It will conclude with an overview of research working to develop more female-friendly measures, and the importance of thinking ‘outside the box’ professionally.