Emma Sullivan 

BSc (Hons), MSc

Research Assistant


Sleep and mental health in Autism Spectrum Condition

I am working in the SERL as a Research Assistant on the "Sleep Focus Autistic Project" funded by the John and Lorna Wing Foundation. As many autistic adults have informed us about experiencing sleep problems this project aims to investigate the link between sleep and mental health in Autism Spectrum Condition. In addition, the project aims to help improve sleep and mental health outcomes in these individuals by delivering an autism specific sleep intervention. My research interests include examining sleep using a variety of measures (e.g. actigraphy, polysomnography) in both neurotypical and neurodiverse adult and paediatric populations. I am also interested in the role of sleep in our memory for emotional experiences and how we process emotion in both neurotypical and neurodiverse populations. 

I have a first class honours (BSc) in Psychology from the University of York. I recently completed an MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. My MSc project investigated the role of sleep spindles in learning and memory in 3-month-old infants. I have previously worked as a Research Assistant at various UK institutions working on a variety of projects with both adults and children:​

  • King's College London - Examining brain development from foetal, through to early children in children with a high and low vulnerability to neurodevelopment disorders (Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD).

  • University of Oxford - Assisting with experimental and clinical studies on sleep and disorders of sleep with the aim of understanding their pathophysiology and treatment.