Dr Emma Gowen

Senior Lecturer

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I co-direct the Body Eyes and Movement (BEAM) lab, researching sensory motor control and imitation with a particular focus on autism in adulthood. Much of my research benefits from the direct involvement of the  autistic community (autistic adults and parents of autistic children), facilitated by the network Autism@Manchester which i chair. Inititiaves include expert by experience advisory groups, newsletters, co-production of research and public events.

I teach on the BSc (Hons) Optometry degree as well as supervising Undergraduate and Masters Psychology, Neuroscience and Biology students. My current administrative roles include Deputy Director for Social Responsibility (Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology), member of the University Research Ethics Committee and member of the Universities Social Responsibility Forum. 

Current and previous funding includes ESRC, MRC, The Wellcome Trust and The University of Manchester. I am a member of the following professional associations: Applied Vision Association (AVA), British Neuroscience Association (BNA), Experimental Psychological Society (EPS), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Please visit our BEAM or Autism@Manchester website for more details on my research and recent findings:




I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health within the Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology. I qualified as an Orthoptist from The University of Liverpool in 1998, following which I worked at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and undertook an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at The University of Manchester. I completed my PhD with Professor Richard Abadi in 2003 at University Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST - before merger into The University of Manchester). Shortly afterwards, I joined Professor Chris Miall at the department of psychology, Birmingham University. In September 2006, I took up a Lectureship at The University of Manchester was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014.  Together with Dr Ellen Poliakoff, I direct the Body, Eye and Movement (BEAM) lab, researching sensory motor control, imitation and autism and am Chair of Autism@Manchester.

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