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Mrs Emily Ellington

Mrs Emily Ellington

Research interests

  • Autism
  • Teaching and learning
  • Service development across education, health, and social care

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Emily is a Postgraduate Researcher based in the School of Psychology at University of Southampton. Her research focuses on autistic young people’s involvement in shared decision-making within mental health services. 

Emily is particularly interested in how shared decision-making is facilitated with autistic young people from a dialogic perspective. Her research draws on theories of autistic processing and issues raised through the double empathy problem (in relation to autistic and non-autistic communication) to maximise shared understanding and collective participation. Emily’s work is designed to place autistic experiences at the heart of service development and to advance care planning practice conducive to autistic involvement.

Alongside her research, Emily supports with teaching across both Education and Psychology undergraduate modules relating to educational psychology and special educational needs. She is a current Specialist Member for the First Tier SEND Tribunal and volunteers as a Trustee for The Eden Academy; a Multi Academy Trust of special needs schools.