Current Activities and Research Interests

I am a Professor of cognitive neuropsychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the Université libre de Bruxelles. I am also the Co-Principal Investigator of the research group on Autism ACTE (Autism in Context: Theory and Experiment).

The driving force of my research is to delineate the factors that shape communication difficulties and language delays in neurodevelopmental disorders, especially in Autism Spectrum Disorder. My aim is to better understand the processes involved in language disorders, from multimodal sensory integration to pragmatics, sleep- and wake-dependent memory consolidation and reconsolidation. Thanks to the development of original research methods, my work is not limited to the high-functioning part of the autism spectrum but also extends to more "hard-to-test" populations, who for this reason, generally remain under-investigated such as people with low-level autism as well as children with significant intellectual or motor disabilities.

I graduated in Psychology in 2009 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. My Master thesis focused on the contributions of sleep stages in post-training consolidation of declarative memory in both narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.

I then completed my PhD thesis at the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Unit (UR2NF, dir. P. Peigneux), for which I investigated the contributions of sleep stages in post-learning memory consolidation and in protection against lexical and emotional retroactive interference processes.

In 2013, I joined the Consciousness, Cognition and Computation Group (CO3, dir. A. Cleeremans) for a post-doctoral research project focusing on a novel assessment tool for cognitive deficits using virtual reality (R.O.G.E.R. project). In addition, I studied the impact of sleep deprivation on social cognition skills such as visual perspective-taking and sarcasm detection abilities. These last studies have led me to take a greater interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In November 2015, I created with Professor Mikhail Kissine the first interdisciplinary research centre (ACTE: Autism in Context: Theory and Experience) devoted to language in ASD. Since 2018, I organize with Prof. Kissine the first inter-university (ULB, UMONS, UCL) and cross-disciplinary Certification on ASD in Belgium. For more information about this Certification click here

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