Tanya is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre. Her diverse research interests stem from the desire to understand how variation in our genes, hormones, and brains relate to individual differences in socially relevant traits and the diversity of human social phenotypes, including autism and other conditions historically viewed as psychiatric disorders.
Tanya was awarded a Parke Davis Exchange Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Dec 2020) to pursue research related to oxytocin — a neurohormone with fundamental roles in the evolution of social behaviour across all mammals — in collaboration with Prof. Jennifer Bartz at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
In addition to research, Tanya is the postdoctoral Teaching Assistant for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) at Trinity College, Cambridge, and an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She supervises PBS2: Psychological Enquiry and Methods, PBS6: Developmental Psychopathology, and undergraduate theses.
Tanya completed her PhD in Psychiatry (2021) at the Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, supervised by Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr. Richard Bethlehem. Her PhD research used fMRI to examine the effects of oxytocin on the activation of socially relevant brain areas in autistic and neurotypical women. Tanya’s PhD was funded by the Cambridge Trust, the Autism Research Trust, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Prior to coming to Cambridge, Tanya obtained her MSc in Biological Sciences (2017) at Simon Fraser University in Canada where she worked with Prof. Bernard Crespi on the genetic and endocrine correlates of individual differences in social cognition.
Tanya’s publications can be found on Google Scholar
- Effects of oxytocin administration on salivary sex hormone levels in autistic and neurotypical women, Molecular Autism 11 (2020), T L Procyshyn, M V Lombardo, M C Lai, B Auyeung, S K Crockford, J Deakin, S Soubramanian, A Sule, S Baron-Cohen, R A Bethlehem
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