Lucy Waldren

Lucy Waldren

Graduate student
University of Bath

I am a PhD researcher in psychology at the University of Bath, exploring ways we can measure and understand autistic traits.

My work involves using innovative statistical and data science concepts to validate, improve and create autistic trait measures and analyse autistic traits more widely. I also explore how autistic traits relate and interact with other social psychological factors, such as compensation strategies.

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