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Dr Char Goodwin

Dr Char Goodwin

Research Fellow

 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


I completed my PhD at University of Reading where I investigated spatial attention shifting and visual perception of separation in the superior parietal lobule using fMRI. Since moving to Exeter, I have gained experience working predominantly in clinical trials including in Data Management at Exeter Clinical Trials Unit. My current research focus is on improving cancer care for autistic people and understanding the healthcare barriers that exists for autistic people undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment. 


2021 - PhD in Psychology, University of Reading

2012 - MSc in Neuropsychology, University of Bristol

2006 - BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Media Communications, University of Gloucestershire


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Research interests

My research interests include improving cancer care for autistic people, by exploring and listening to the lived experience of autistic people to determine healthcare barriers that are experienced throughout diagnosis and treatment for cancer. 

Research projects

Currently working on a research project that is exploring autistic adults’ experiences of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment using mixed methods (autoethnography, interpretative phenomenological analysis and cross-sectional surveys) to understand and learn from autistic people themselves.

Research Grants:

  • 2023: Breast Cancer Now - £173, 189, PI: Prof Manuela Barreto, Co-Is: Dr Char Goodwin, Prof Ginny Russell. Autistic Adults’ Experiences of Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (2023 – 2026)

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Journal articles

Biagi N, Goodwin C, Field DT (2022). rTMS of the superior parietal lobule improves contrast discrimination but has no effect on the perception of distance between stimuli in the image plane. Perception, 51(10). Abstract.  Author URL.
Edgar GK, Catherwood D, Baker S, Sallis G, Bertels M, Edgar HE, Nikolla D, Buckle S, Goodwin C, Whelan A, et al (2018). Quantitative Analysis of Situation Awareness (QASA): modelling and measuring situation awareness using signal detection theory. Ergonomics, 61(6), 762-777. Abstract.  Author URL.
Fennell J, Goodwin C, Burn JF, Leonards U (2015). How visual perceptual grouping influences foot placement. R Soc Open Sci, 2(7). Abstract.  Author URL.

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