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Dr Rachel Moseley

  • 01202 965538
  • rmoseley at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic In Psychology
  • Poole House P250, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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My research interests centre on autism spectrum conditions (ASC). My research 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 people with and without ASC.

More recently, I focus on some of the difficulties that autistic people often face in adulthood. Some of my research focuses on suicide, self-injury and mental ill-health, including the comorbidity between autism and certain conditions, like eating disorders. I also study issues around late-diagnosis (especially of women) and ageing, a neglected area in autism research.

Journal Articles


  • Moseley, R., 2018. The limbic system. In: Braaten, E.B., ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 964-966.
  • Moseley, R., 2018. The Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. In: Braaten, E.B., ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 979.
  • Moseley, R., Kiefer, M. and Pulvermuller, F., 2016. Grounding and embodiment of concepts and meaning: a neurobiological perspective. In: Coello, Y. and Fischer, M., eds. Foundations of Embodied Cognition. Psychology Press.


  • Moseley, R., Liu, C.H., Gregory, N. and Sui, J., 2019. Self-representation in autism; are autistic people self-focused, and why does it matter? In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society 10-12 July 2019 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Sinimeri, D., Moseley, R. and Gamble, T.R., 2019. Visualization of social support alters mood: clinical implications of a conceptual mapping tool. In: The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) 77th Annual Scientific Meeting 6-9 March 2019 Vancouver, Canada.

Internet Publications


  • 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

  • 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

Internal Responsibilities

  • 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

  • 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

  • Podcast around autism spectrum conditions, sex differences and gender:
  • Talk given to the Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub society.
  • Talk given at Festival of Learning
  • Talk given as part of Pint of Science Bournemouth
  • Talk given at the local autism support group, Dorset Adult Asperger Support
  • Helping out at BU's stall to talk to the public about the brain and brain injury. Talking to the public in the city centre.
  • Bournemouth Air Festival 2017: an interactive presentation about the brain, autism and psychology
  • Soapbox Science, 2017: Speaking to the public in Milton Keynes about the brain and about autism spectrum conditions.
  • Festival of Learning, 2017: 'Neurodiversity is the spice of life', a talk on autism spectrum conditions
  • Festival of Learning, 2017: Your Brilliant Brain. Interactive activity stand for families, to learn about the brain.
  • Soapbox Science presentation: Amazing Brains and the Autism Spectrum
  • Psychology 101: Presentation to secondary school students as part of BU Summer Breaks
  • Autism Matters Podcast: talk on autism, ageing and menopause.
  • Podcast interview on autism and menopause for Autistica, an organisation supporting autistic people.

Conference Presentations

  • 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

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

External Media and Press