Rachel Moseley

Dr Rachel Moseley

  • Principal Academic In Psychology
  • Poole House P328, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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My research centres on autism and the difficulties that autistic people often face in adulthood. I principally focus on suicidality, self-injury and mental health in autistic adults, including the comorbidity between autism and certain conditions, like eating disorders. I also study issues around late-diagnosis, the burden of camouflaging and stigma, ageing, and lifespan transition points like menopause. My career began in cognitive neuroscience, and I previously used neurometabolic (MRI, DTI) and electrophysiological (EEG, MEG) methods to investigate language, emotion and social processes in autistic and non-autistic people.

I am passionate about increasing acceptance of neurodivergent minds through public engagement, and improving life for autistic people through my consultancy work and engagement with policy-makers. Please feel free to reach out to me with related enquiries.

Interested PhD students are also welcome to reach out to me - even if I do not have funding available at the time, I would love to hear from you.

Journal Articles




Internet Publications


  • Rynkiewicz, A., Hadjikhani, N., Moseley, R., Turner-Cobb, J., Ossolińska, A. and Lucka, I., 2023. Treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and sensory issues: A case-based approach in a 53-year-old Caucasian autistic woman. In: International Society for Autism Research.
  • Moseley, R., Gregory, N., Smith, P., Allison, C., Cassidy, S. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2023. Non-suicidal self-injury and its relation to suicide in autistic people: a test of acquired capability for suicide as a causal mechanism. In: International Society for Autism Research.
  • Moseley, R., Gregory, N., Smith, P., Allison, C., Cassidy, S. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2023. Mechanisms underlying suicidality in autistic people with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): testing hypotheses from the interpersonal theory of suicide. In: International Society for Autism Research.
  • Shalev, I., Moseley, R., Gregory, N. and Uzefovsky, F., 2023. Empathic disequilibrium as a predictor of non-suicidal self-injury in autistic people. In: International Society for Autism Research.
  • Moseley, R., Druce, T. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2020. “I thought I was going mad”: We need to talk about menopause in autism. In: International Society of Autism Research 2020 Virtual Meeting.
  • Vuillier, L., Carter, Z., Texeira, A. and Moseley, R., 2019. Alexithymia: the missing link between autism and eating disorders? In: ISRE.
  • Moseley, R., Liu, C., Gregory, N. and Sui, J., 2019. Self-representation in autism: are autistic people self-focused, and why does it matter? In: Experimental Psychology Society.
  • Carter, Z., Teixeira, A.R., Moseley, R. and Vuillier, L., 2019. Alexithymia: A Mediator Between Autistic Traits and Eating Disordered Behaviours? In: Emotions in Eating Disorders: What We Know and What We’re Doing About It.
  • Moseley, R., Gregory, N., Smith, P., Allison, C. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2019. Self-Injury in Autism: Predictors, Perceptions, and Links to Suicidality. In: International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 2a
  • Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs
  • Clinical and Developmental Psychology

Invited Lectures

  • Barts Hospital, London, 07 Jun 2023 more
  • Online, 28 Mar 2023 more
  • Online, 24 Mar 2023 more
  • Twynham Learning Governance Conference, Christchurch, 28 Jan 2023 more
  • Online, 11 Jan 2023 more
  • Scottish Women's Autism Network (SWAN): Webinar on, Online, 27 Oct 2022 more
  • 18 May 2022 more
  • 07 Apr 2022 more
  • 26 Mar 2022 more
  • Talk for Centre 404, London, Int. Woman's Day, Online, 08 Mar 2022 more
  • 22 Nov 2021 more
  • 06 Nov 2021 more
  • 22 Apr 2021 more
  • 26 Feb 2021 more
  • 11 Feb 2021 more
  • 02 Dec 2020 more
  • Depression, suicide and self-injury in autism: whe, London, 05 Dec 2019 more
  • “Missed or misdiagnosed? Autism spectrum disorders, Cambridge, 01 Jun 2017 more
  • Learning Spaces in Mind and Brain, Bournemouth International College, 19 Oct 2016 more

External Responsibilities

  • ESRC, Grant reviewer (2022)
  • University of Huddersfield, External examiner for MRES student (2018)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Independent academic reviewer, PhD viva examination
  • Independent reviewer, Probationary review of PhD candidate
  • Unit Leader, Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology
  • Unit Leader, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Psychology
  • Placement coordinator (MSc), Psychology
  • Programme Leader, Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, Psychology

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Autism in Adulthood, Anonymous peer review, 16 Mar 2023
  • BMJ Open, Anonymous peer review, 12 Feb 2023
  • Women's Health, Anonymous peer review, 10 Oct 2022
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 28 Jun 2022
  • Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jun 2022
  • Autism: the international journal of research and practice, Anonymous peer review, 23 May 2022
  • Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 15 Apr 2022
  • JCPP Advances, Anonymous peer review, 13 Mar 2022
  • Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research, Anonymous peer review, 19 Dec 2021
  • Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 10 Oct 2021
  • Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 02 Jul 2021
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience, Anonymous peer review, 09 Dec 2020
  • Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anonymous peer review, 07 Dec 2020
  • Autism: the international journal of research and practice, Anonymous peer review, 03 Aug 2020
  • Brain and Cognition, Anonymous peer review, 30 Nov 2016
  • Frontiers in Psychology, Anonymous peer review, 11 Jan 2016
  • Cambridge University Press, Anonymous peer review, 11 Jan 2016

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • ESRC Festival: Which one of us is human? (22 Oct 2022)
  • Podcast: 'Autistic perimenopause' on 'Life - an Inside Job' (01 Sep 2022)
  • Cafe Scientifique: "Autism - from 'acceptance' to celebration" (05 Jul 2022)
  • ESRC Festival of Learning event, "The Science of Suicide" (13 Nov 2021)
  • Medfem Presents: Biases in Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Conditions with Dr Rachel Moseley (31 Oct 2020)
  • A different type of brain: shining a light on the autism spectrum (13 Aug 2019)
  • "Neurodiversity is the spice of life" (20 Jun 2018)
  • Pint of Science Talk: "Just wired differently: exploring autism spectrum conditions" (14 May 2018)
  • Talk: "Exploring self-injury in autism" (16 Apr 2018)
  • Brain awareness week (09 Mar 2018)
  • To raise awareness and understanding in the public about autism, the brain, and the psychological research we do at BU. (31 Aug 2017)
  • Soapbox Science, 2017 (29 Jul 2017)
  • To raise awareness and understanding of autism spectrum conditions (10 Jul 2017)
  • Festival of Learning, 2017: Your Brilliant Brain (08 Jul 2017)
  • Soapbox Science (16 Jul 2016)
  • Psychology 101 (13 Jul 2016)
  • Autism Matters Podcast
  • Podcast on autism and menopause: https://www.buzzsprout.com/174748/6341044?fbclid=IwAR2Gyx0Pr1lNTwVgh7Il7anwl7yLzwLP2Nris7pSFDoN8j9w2R8TznyQYq8

Conference Presentations

  • It Takes All Kinds of Minds, "Let's talk about autistic menopause: building bridges between disciplines to raise awareness of a critical life stage", 13 Mar 2023, Edinburgh
  • Autistica Research Festival, Lifetime stress and its associations with physical and mental health in autistic adults, 11 Jul 2022, Online only
  • Autistica Research Festival, Exploring pathways to suicide ideation and attempts in autistic adults, 11 Jul 2022, Online only
  • International Society for Autism Research, "Exploring the relevance of the interpersonal theory of suicide for autistic adults", 11 May 2022, Austin, Texas
  • German Society for Cognitive Linguistics, Sensorimotor 'grounding' of emotion words: lessons from the autism spectrum, 01 Apr 2022, Online
  • Australasian Society for Autism Research (AsFAR) “Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Autism” Conference, Pathways to suicide in autistic adults., 09 Dec 2021, Virtual
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Self-representation and its links to loneliness in autism, 10 Jul 2019, Bournemouth University
  • Autistica Autism Research Conference, Exploring self-injury in autistic people, 06 Sep 2018, City University of London
  • International Meeting for Autism Research, Sex differences in autistic adults: a meta-analysis, 09 May 2018, Rotterdam
  • Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Neurophysiological correlates of action word and sound processing in autism spectrum conditions and neurotypical controls: A mismatch negativity (MMN) study, 17 Aug 2016, University College London

Consultancy Activities

  • Advanced Autism training course, Online delivery of training on autistic mental health and ageing. Vivacity Social Work
  • Training videos for GPs and frontline healthcare staff, Training videos for GPs and frontline healthcare staff. Topics: ageing, menopause, suicidality and mental ill-health.. NHS England
  • Talk for staff at Harbour School, Dorset, around mental health of autistic young people and ways to improve wellbeing., Talk for staff at Harbour School, Dorset, around mental health of autistic young people and ways to improve wellbeing.. Harbour School, Delta Trust
  • Autism Advisors panel (National Autistic Society), Advisory work for the National Autistic Society: review information to be disseminated for accuracy, reliability, and evidence base.. National Autistic Society
  • NICE guideline on Menopause: diagnosis and management, Contributed as a key stakeholder to comments on final scope and equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Professor Julie Turner-Cobb
  • Autistica information page on self-harm, Advisor and reviewing. Autistica
  • Grant application reviewer, Reviewing ERC grant application. Ben Gurion University, Israel

Attended Training

  • Building Resilience, 01 Jun 2018
  • Understanding Boundaries, 25 May 2018
  • Research Communication Day, 23 May 2018
  • Bid Writing Retreat - British Academy Small Grants, 14 Mar 2018
  • Supporting Students Health and Wellbeing, 09 Mar 2018
  • Handling Loss Issues in Students, 01 Jan 2018
  • Mental Health First Aid, 01 Sep 2017
  • Doctoral Supervision Development, 01 Jan 2017
  • Preparing Impact Case Studies, 01 Jan 2017
  • Innovate: Teaching Large Groups, 01 Jan 2017
  • PG Certificate in Education, 18 Sep 2016


  • Shortlisted (1 of 8) for Masters Teacher of the Year award (FindAUniversity.com, 2022)

External Media and Press