Dr. Elina Birmingham

Associate Professor

Research Interests

The goal of my research is to better understand and support children, youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum.  My lab (Autism in Education Lab) conducts four main areas of research:  understanding, supporting and including autistic individuals who experience decreased sound tolerance (sound sensitivity project);  incorporating the perspectives of autistic individuals in research and supporting neurodiversity; exploring how autistic individuals visually attend to and interpret information in their environments (eye tracking & social attention research)and how facial expression production and interpretation may contribute to difficulties in social interactions between autistic and neurotypical individuals.  We are joining the many others in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research that have started making a concerted effort to incorporate the voices of autistic individuals in the research process, as well as using identity-first language and neurodiversity perspectives.  We work closely with SFU’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab towards these goals.  My research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and by Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN).