Dr Becky Stancer

Dr Becky Stancer

Associate Professor, Early Childhood

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies 

Programme leader for PGCERT EDUCATION: AUTISM


BA (Hons) Social Anthropology and Visual Studies
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
MA Fine Art
PhD Conditional reasoning in autism spectrum disorder: activation and integration of knowledge and belief

Teaching interests

Developmental psychology
Autism and related conditions

Research interests


Family dynamics
Developmental psychology
Systemic practice
Thinking and reasoning

Other research

Current Research Projects

Development of the Welcome Research Hub, an interdisciplinary research centre working with vulnerable children and families. The Welcome Hub includes academics from faculties of Arts and Humanities, Psychology and the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. External partners also include The Brandon Trust, Plymouth Child Development Centre, Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust and the Peninsula Trials Unit.

Collaboration with The Thrive Project, Glasgow exploring early interactions between infants at risk of developing autism and their carers.

Development of Systemic Autism-related Family Enabling (SAFE) in partnership with the SAFE Family Consultation Group. SAFE is a Family Therapy based intervention for families of children with autism.

Key publications are highlighted

Bond N, Dallos R & McKenzie R 2020 'Doing things differently: Exploring attachment patterns and parental intentions in families where a child has a diagnosis of autism' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 135910452090714-135910452090714 , DOI
McKenzie R, Dallos R, Stedmon J, Hancocks H, Vickery PJ, Ewings P, Barton A, Vassallo T & Myhill C 2019 'SAFE, a new therapeutic intervention for families of children with autism: study protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial' BMJ Open 9, (5) e025006-e025006 , DOI PEARL
Montaque I, Dallos R & McKenzie R 2017 '“It feels like something difficult is coming back to haunt me”: An exploration of ‘meltdowns’ associated with autistic spectrum disorder from a parental perspective' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 23, (1) , DOI PEARL
Hudson M, Dallos R & McKenzie R 2017 'Systemic-attachment formulation for families of children with autism' Advances in Autism 3, (3) 142-153 , DOI PEARL
McKenzie R & Dallos R 2017 'Autism and attachment difficulties: overlap of symptoms, implications and innovative solutions' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry , DOI PEARL
Smalley V, Dallos R & McKenzie R 2016 'Young Women’s Experience of Anorexia, Family Dynamics and Triangulation' Contemporary Family Therapy 39, (1) 31-42 , DOI PEARL
Dallos R & McKenzie R 2016 'I just like Lego' Context PEARL
Dallos R, Lakus K, Cahart M-S & McKenzie R 2015 'Becoming invisible: The effect of triangulation on childrens well-being' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 21, (3) 461-476 , DOI PEARL
Bunday L, Dallos R, Morgan K & McKenzie R 2015 'Foster carers’ reflective understandings of parenting looked after children: an exploratory study' Adoption & Fostering 39, (2) 145-158 , DOI
Roser ME, Aslin RN, McKenzie R, Zahra D & Fiser J 2015 'Enhanced visual statistical learning in adults with autism' Neuropsychology 29, (2) 163-172 Author Site , DOI PEARL
McKenzie RK 2011 'A different way to think about creativity: the case of autism and Outsider Art' PEARL
McKenzie R, Evans JST & Handley SJ 2011 'Autism and performance on the suppression task: Reasoning, context and complexity' THINK REASONING 17, (2) 182-196 , DOI
McKenzie R, Evans JSBT & Handley SJ 2010 'Conditional reasoning in autism: activation and integration of knowledge and belief' Dev Psychol 46, (2) 391-403 Author Site , DOI
Parker-Rees ROD; Leeson C 2015 Early Childhood Studies. 4th London Sage/Learning Matters Limited 1 Publisher Site

Other academic activities

Organiser of the Plymouth Autism Network (PAN). 

PAN hosts annual events aimed at bringing academics and non-academics within the community together. PAN has more than 100 core members including teachers, support workers, parents, individuals with autism, health and social care professionals and academics.


Plymouth Autism Network