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Staff

Our staff come from Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology and Genius Within CIC. We share a passion for facilitating inclusive workplaces where neurodiverse individuals are supported to maximise their potential.

DR NANCY DOYLE - Co-Director

  • Dr Nancy Doyle is a Chartered Psychologist in organisational and occupational psychology and the founder and owner of Genius Within CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to facilitating neurodiversity inclusion. Nancy is a consultant, coach and delivers workshops for clients in finance, technology and defence, supporting them to create inclusive workplaces where all neurominorities are able to reach their full potential.
  • Nancy is a Research Fellow at Birkbeck. Her research interests include systemic inclusion principles and their impact; universal design of human resources; invisible disability; critical realist research methodology; coaching psychology; and disability accommodation and intervention evaluation.

PROFESSOR ALMUTH MCDOWALL - Co-Director

  • Professor Almuth McDowall is Head of Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology. She has been working closely with Nancy since 2013 and is committed to facilitating neurodiversity and neurodifference at work in the context of finding more humane and inclusive ways of working. Her doctoral students have been working on relevant topics including coaching as a reasonable adjustment for dyslexia, supporting ADHD in the workplace and finding out what support individuals on the autistic spectrum need to flourish to their full potential.

Marianne Cole - Centre Coordinator

  • Marianne has worked in Higher Education on and off for over 20 years. She has been part of numerous professional services teams, working for the University of Brighton and, currently, Sussex where she is Centre Coordinator for a busy research group. Marianne spent five years as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge in the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies. Her research focused on academic transitions, creating research-informed content for workshops and online resources aimed at both staff and students. Marianne’s academic background is in Languages and Literature with a PGCE in Secondary English.
  • Marianne is now very excited to be co-ordinating the staff and students of Birkbeck’s new Centre for Neurodiversity at Work and is looking forward to working with the Co-Directors as they build on the phenomenal progress so far to expand the Centre’s research capabilities.

PHD Students and Associates

Meg Kiseleva

  • Meg is a research assistant who joined the Centre in 2021 to work on a project examining the experiences of neurodivergent students in Higher Education, including the availability and quality of support provided to them. She is currently involved in designing and conducting a survey about the experiences of neurodivergent staff with an aim to provide organisations with information on how to improve recruitment and retention and better support neurodivergent employees.

Ben Morris

  • Ben’s research is looking at the extent to which the traditional triad job selection process (CV, interview, references) hinders job seekers to access employment.  This study will focus on finding the perfect 'fit' and how, when done correctly, this can benefit both the neurodifferent individual and the organisation. Finding the right 'fit' for a company can improve its employees' health and happiness. Ben’s research will highlight the benefits and advantages of hiring a neurodifferent person from the employer's perspective and will concentrate on the methods used to select applicants in the traditional three-tiered recruitment process.

Merry Scott Jones

  • Currently in the first year of her PhD, Merry’s research is focused on exploring the impact of social movements on the discursive construction of equality, diversity and inclusion within the Civil Service.

Aishwarya Srinivasan

  • Aishwarya is a PhD student in Organisational Psychology and a recipient of the T Ritchie Rodger Research Foundation PhD scholarship. Through the course of their PhD project, Aishwarya aims to evaluate the role of coaching as career support and reasonable adjustment for ADHDers. Aishwarya's research interests include neurodivergence and inclusive careers, coaching, and mental health and systemic support in the workplace.

Greg Swaysland

  • Greg is currently undertaking a PhD in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck. Greg is severely sight impaired and also lives with Dyslexia and ADHD, all of which were discovered later in life. Whilst these conditions present challenges, without them he would not have pushed himself to work towards a PhD and pursue a career in Psychology research, therefore he views them as the best things to happen to him.
  • Greg’s research focuses on understanding the commonalities in how individuals experiencing different types and onsets of disability develop the self-belief to succeed in employment, sustain a career and the roles of others in these processes. Greg’s background is in engineering, and he has always worked in organizations with mature governance systems. He has also travelled to 90 countries throughout his career.

Harriet Tenenbaum

  • Harriet’s main line of research focuses on children’s discrimination in everyday situations, investigating how children are embedded in social systems in which varying levels of discrimination occur at the socio-cultural level (e.g. religious laws, state single-gender schools) and the microsystem of everyday conversations (e.g. parents explaining science to boys more than to girls). Harriet’s work is unique in combining cognitive domain and socio-cultural theories to understand how children negotiate discrimination, rights, and politics daily in relationships.

Uzma WaSeem

  • Uzma is a registered practitioner psychologist and is undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck. She is currently carrying out an extensive review of the academic literature to find out what is known about organisation-led interventions to develop neurodiverse minority groups. She is particularly interested in identifying and examining what is practically applied in the workplace to promote employee engagement and career development for neurodivergent knowledge workers. Using a strengths-based paradigm, Uzma hopes to conduct neurodiversity employability and career development research to establish how employment strengths specific to neurodivergent workers can be made more visible, comparable, and honed in on to help enhance their occupational success, career opportunities, and career progression.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is multidisciplinary, includes practitioners and academics with researchers working from a variety of paradigms.

We are committed to 'nothing about us without us' so that our research and the strategic direction of our centre are informed by lived experience. We include a majority representation of neurominorities as well as diverse intersections across race and ethnicity, culture, class, gender, age and LGBTQIA+.

We review board membership every two years to adapt and respond to the community that our research serves. We currently lack representation from the trans and non-binary community and would welcome enquiries.

Board members