The LEANS project is officially based within the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre, at the University of Edinburgh.
The project involved two main teams of people, who worked together to develop the LEANS resources. If you are interested in the development process or the roles that these teams played, you can find more details on our development page.
Many more people made contributions to specific resource items or stages of the project, detailed on our credits and acknowledgements page.
The LEANS research team (alphabetical order)
Dr Alyssa M. Alcorn, LEANS lead researcher
Researcher at the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre (SMRC), University of Edinburgh
Dr Dinah Aitken, LEANS research team member
Head of Outreach, Salvesen Mindroom Centre
Fergus Murray, LEANS research team member
Consultant and educator; Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh (AMASE)
Liam J. J. Peacock, LEANS youth research representative
Dr Sarah McGeown, LEANS research team member
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh
Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson, LEANS Principal Investigator
Personal Chair of Developmental Psychology and director of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre (SMRC), University of Edinburgh
Professor William Mandy, LEANS research team member
Professor of Neurodevelopmental Conditions, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
The LEANS educator participatory design team
Team members chose to be credited as follows, and are listed in alphabetical order by first name:
Amy Nic Thaidhg, Primary school teacher
Chris Rigby, Director of SEND for Outwood Grange Academy Trust (England)
Erin Marie Tschiderer, Classroom Teacher (England)
Joan McDonald (Posautive), Autism Trainer/Teacher (Ireland)
Kate Bradley, SEND Consultant
Kirsten Duncan, Class teacher/Support for Learning teacher (Scotland)
Sarah Douglas, Neurodivergent former primary autism LSA (England)
Claire Hubbard (@emseeitch)
Development and evaluation of the LEANS resource pack was funded by the following sources:
The Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre (SMRC) Scientific Advisory Board
University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Research Adaptation Fund
University of Edinburgh College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grants
Conflict of interest statement
The research and design teams have released the LEANS resources online, for free. There will be no royalties from these resources. However, team members may accrue paid opportunities such as training delivery and paid invitations to speak about LEANS project research.