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Welcome to Marisa!

A huge welcome to Marisa McKinlay, who has recently joined the STAR team as a PhD student.

Marisa will be looking at social issues for autistic adolescents. As an experienced Speech and Language Therapist, she is passionate about supporting communication and how environments can be changed to allow increased social engagement where desired. Her research aims to work with autistic students and those around them, identifying enabling factors and barriers to social participation in secondary school.

Marisa is supervised by Dr Eilidh Cage, Dr Catherine Grainger and Dr Mary Stewart (Heriot-Watt). We’re looking forward to getting started!

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Marisa McKinlay