On sensory reactivity and anxiety in autism, with Teresa Tavassoli

On sensory reactivity and anxiety in autism, with Teresa Tavassoli

PsychologiCALL · 2022-04-11

Since 2017 Teresa Tavassoli has been working at the University of Reading, first as a Lecturer and since 2019 as an Associate Professor. Her research is dedicated to deepening our understanding of sensory reactivity in autism and its variation across the population. Her work is using multidisciplinary approach to identify reliable ways to measure sensory reactivity as well as to elucidate underlying mechanisms, and examine links to mental health symptoms.

You can find out more about Teresa's work by checking out the Centre for Autism's webpages and you can follow her on twitter here.

The paper discussed in this episode is:
MacLennan, K., Roach, L., & Tavassoli, T. (2020). The relationship between sensory reactivity differences and anxiety subtypes in autistic children. Autism Research, 13(5), 785-795.

Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.


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