Rebecca is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at King's College, London and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the University of Birmingham. She is an experienced teacher and trainer who has worked in both the mainstream and special educational needs (autism) sectors. Rebecca completed her first degrees at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, and her PhD at the University of Birmingham with the support of a full scholarship from the School of Education.
Rebecca was Project Manager for 'Transform Autism Education', a teacher training project based in Greece, Italy and the UK. This was a three year research and development project funded by the European Commission through their Erasmus Plus programme, which was completed in 2017.
The focus of Rebecca’s PhD was on the inclusion of autistic children in mainstream primary schools. She has a particular interest in all matters relating to educational and societal inclusion for autistic children and adults, and is currently focusing on issues relating to communication and interpretation. Rebecca's work in underpinned by theory which she always aims to relate to practice. She regularly runs seminars and gives presentations on different aspects of her research, which always involves the participation of autistic adults and children. Rebecca is currently writing a book based on her PhD findings, which will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2018.