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Katie is a Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director (Public Engagement) for the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at Bath. Her research interests lie in applied cognitive psychology, with two main strands: autism and eyewitness/forensic psychology. Her current work, funded by the ESRC and BA/Leverhulme, focuses on how autistic adults think and communicate differently, and what adaptations service providers can make to accommodate these differences. Katie is particularly interested in how autistic people fare when they are interviewed by the police as a witness or as a suspect of an alleged offence. For example, her research shows that current police interviewing techniques do not elicit ‘best evidence’ from autistic individuals and that interviewers need to adapt their questioning styles in order to obtain detailed, relevant and accurate information about an event from them. She is currently extending this work under an ESRC ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant to explore how employers and healthcare professionals can adapt the ways that they communicate with autistic job seekers and patients. 


  • Autism
  • Memory
  • Cognition
  • Criminal justice system
  • Forensic psychology
  • Investigative interviewing

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 2009 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
64 Downloads (Pure)

Compliance in autism: Self-report in action

Chandler, R., Russell, A. & Maras, K., 1 May 2019, In : Autism. 23, 4, p. 1005-1017 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Self Report
Self Concept

Eliciting best evidence from autistic interviewees

Maras, K., 23 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Is there a relationship between cyber-dependent crime, autistic-like traits and autism?

Payne, K-L., Russell, A., Mills, R., Maras, K., Rai, D. & Brosnan, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49, 10, p. 4159-4169 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Mock juror perceptions of credibility and culpability in an autistic defendant

Maras, K., Marshall, I. & Sands, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49, 3, p. 996-1010 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Understanding offending behaviours and the autism spectrum

Author: Payne, K., 3 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Brosnan, M. (Supervisor), Russell, A. (Supervisor) & Maras, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD