Contact Information

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

McGill University

email: kirsty.ainsworth@mail.mcgill.ca

Research Interests

My main research interests are in cognition and perception in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). My most current research has focussed on modeling the perception of emotion in children and adults with ASD using a novel, reverse correlation technique. In addition to this, my research has explored anxiety in adults with ASD using a mixed-method design and the psychological components of behaviour change. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Perceptual Neuroscience Lab for Autism and Development (PNLab).
Keywords: Visual Perception, Emotion, Autism

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Ainsworth, K., Robertson, A., Welsh, H., Day, M., Watt, J., Barry, F., Stanfield, A., Melville, C. (under review). Anxiety in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Perspectives from Practitioners, The Journal of Mental Health.
  • Clark, A M., Choby, A., Ainsworth, K., Thompson, D. R. (2015). Addressing Conflict of Interest in Non-Pharmacological Research, The International Journal of Clinical Practice 69:3 270- 273.
  • Elliott, M. A., and Ainsworth, K. (2012). Predicting University Undergraduates’ Binge-drinking Behavior: A Comparative Test of the One- and Two-component Theories of Planned Behavior, Addictive Behaviors, 37, 92–101.

Conference Oral Presentations (selection)

  • Ainsworth, K., Robertson, A., Welsh, H., Day, M., Watt, J., Barry, F., Stanfield, A., Melville, C. (2017). Anxiety in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Perspectives from Practitioners, Scottish Autism Research Group Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK (2nd May 2017).
  • Ainsworth, K., Garrod. O., Jack. R. E., Lee., J., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2016). Using Reverse Correlation to Model Dynamic Mental Representations of Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Michaelmas Term Research Seminars at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (20th October 2015).
  • Ainsworth, K., Garrod. O., Tanaka, J.W., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2015). Modeling the perception of facial expressions of emotions in adults and children with autism spectrum disorders, Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group 30th Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK (21st – 24th July 2015).
  • Ainsworth, K., Garrod. O., Jack. R. E., Lee., J., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2014). Modeling Dynamic Mental Representations of Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism Spectrum Disorders, International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia (14th-17th May 2014).
  • Ainsworth, K. (2011). Cognitive Predictors of Binge Drinking: Testing the Predictive Validity of a Two-component Theory of Planned Behavior in Undergraduate Students, British Psychological Society’s Undergraduate Conference 2011, Dundee, Scotland (10 th March 2011).

Conference Poster Presentations (selection)

  • Ainsworth. K., Simmons, D.R., Garrod, O., Delis, I., Heptonstall, B. , Schyns P.G., Tanaka, J.W. (2015). Revealing Sub-Categorization Strategies Used By Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Decode Facial Expressions of Emotion, International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah (13th-16th May 2015).
  • Ainsworth. K., Garrod. O., Jack. R. E., Holcomb. C., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2013). Perceptions of Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Reading the ‘minds eye’ Using Reverse Correlation, European Conference for Vision Perception 2013, Bremen, Germany (25th-29th August 2013).