Laura Crane

Staff details

PositionPostdoctoral Research Associate
Department Psychology
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Laura Crane

Dr Laura Crane completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London (2005-2009), where she conducted research on autobiographical memory in autistic adults. Since then, Laura has extended this work in two applied areas. First, Laura has led a programme of work (at Goldsmiths, University of London) exploring the experiences of receiving and communicating a diagnosis of autism. Second, Laura is working on a large-scale research study (at City University London) exploring ways of supporting child witnesses (with and without an autism diagnosis) within the criminal justice system. Complementing her research roles, Laura is an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at UCL’s Institute of Education, and an Associate Lecturer with the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths.


Modules taught on:BSc Psychology :PS53031B Neurodevelopmental Disorders, MSc Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience: PS70144C Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, MSC Foundation in Clinical Psychology : PS71056A Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Areas of supervision

Dr Laura Crane is available to supervise MSc students on topics relating to autism (or other neurodevelopmental conditions), as well as memory (partcilularly autobiographical) and criminal justice. Students should email her for an appointment.

Featured work

  • Crane, L., Maras, K., Hawken, T., Mulcahy, S., & Memon, A. (in press). Experiences of autism spectrum disorder and policing in England and Wales: surveying police and the autism community. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Crane, L., Chester, J., Goddard, L., Henry, L.A., & Hill, E.L. (2016). Experiences of autism diagnosis: A survey of over 1000 parents in the United Kingdom. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 20(2), 153-162 [video summary]
  • Alonso-Soriano, C., Hill, E.L., & Crane, L. (2015). Surveying parental experiences of receiving a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 43-44, 11-20
  • Jones, L., Goddard, L., Hill, E.L., Henry, L.A., & Crane, L. (2014). Experiences of receiving an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis: A survey of adults in the United Kingdom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(12), 3033-3044.

Research Interests

Experiences of receiving and communicating a diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions ( including autism spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder).

Autism and the criminal justice system: identifying ways to support child witnesses with and without autism spectrum disorder, as well as exploring experiences of autism and policing.

Knowledge, awareness and experience of autism; surveying legal professionals, GPs and teachers.