Brett Heasman is a PhD student at the London School of Economics (LSE), specialising in public understanding of autism. His research is published in journals including Autism and Current Opinions in Critical Care. He has worked for several years as both a carer and researcher with autistic people, and has won grant awards for collaboration and impact from the ESRC and LSE respectively. Brett created the ‘Open Minds’ exhibition to promote autistic voices and improve public understanding of autism, which has been featured in an article by The Lancet Neurology, the world’s leading neurological journal.
Brett holds an ESRC doctoral scholarship, an MSc in Social and Public Communication (2014, Distinction) from the London School of Economics; an MSc in Linguistics (2011, Distinction) and an MA in English Language (2010, 2:1) from the University of Edinburgh.