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Associate Professor, UCL

Dr Laura Crane is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education.

Laura's research focuses on autism. In particular, she is interested in:

1. Identifying the most effective ways of supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum within the criminal justice system.

2. Exploring experiences of education, healthcare and criminal justice from the perspective of autistic people, their families, and those who work with them.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Teaching and Engagement Fellow, University College London


  • 2009 
    Goldsmiths, University of London, PhD
  • 2006 
    Goldsmiths, University of London, MSc
  • 2005 
    Goldsmiths, University of London, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Building a participatory framework for early career autism researchers
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award
  • 2013
    Access to Justice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2012
    Experiences of receiving and communicating a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Academy