Department of Psychology


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Dr Beatriz López

  • Qualifications: BSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Developmental Psychology
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2016
  • Email:
  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a BSc in Psychology in 1995. After graduating I worked as a researcher in the Hospital de la Princesa (Madrid) and in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 1997 I moved to Britain to work at the University of Kent on a research project investigating early signs of autism. Soon after, in 1998, I started my doctorate in Psychology investigating cognitive abilities in children with autism. Since the completion of my doctoral thesis at the University of Durham in 2001, I have worked as a lecturer in Psychology in York St John College and the University of the West of England until I took my post here in September 2008.

Teaching Responsibilities

Disability: Theory, Research and Practice (Level 3 Unit co-ordinator)
Developmental psychology (Level 2)
Cultural Psychology (Level 6)
Language and communication (Level 6)
Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology (Level 6)


My main research interests fall within the area of cognitive development with a particular focus on autism. Most of my research has explored how children with autism and typically developing children integrate perceptual and contextual information. Recently, I have developed an interest on how socio-cultural factors affect cognitive development in autism.

I am the founder of the Autism Research Network, a network aimed at bringing together academics, practitioners and people with autism and their families. For more information on research and community projects undertaken by the Autism Research Network please visit:

I am also the founder of the Autism Centre for Research on Employment which has been set up in collaboration with four local authorities and funded by the Department of Health.


Research profile

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