Dr Daniel Poole

School of Psychology


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Dr Daniel Poole
School of Psychology
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

I joined the department in 2021 to take up an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) New Investigator Award. Before this I worked at the University of Manchester: I completed a Medical Research Council funded PhD investigating multisensory processing in autistic adults in 2015 (PI Dr Ellen Poliakoff), then worked in a teaching focused role before taking up a Research Associate position on an ESRC-funded project investigating timing processes in autism (PI Dr Luke Jones).

I began working as a Lecturer in 2023.


Psychology (PhD), University of Manchester
Psychology with Sociology (BSc), University of Leicester

Research interests

I research autism and neurodiversity with a general focus on autism in adulthood. I have interests across several areas including:

- Autism and selective attention

My major research focus selective attention in autism. In recent work I have been investigating attention capture and the environmental factors which shape how distracting stimuli are suppressed.

- Autism and time

Research on temporal cognition in autism (i.e., understanding concepts related to time and thinking about the past and future) and whether any differences are relevant in an educational context.

- Adult autism diagnosis

Researching the support/information which is available after receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood.

- Meta autism research

I am interested in how autism research is conducted and what can be improved to benefit autistic people. In particular, the experience of participating in research and the use of open research practices in the field.


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Research group

Neuroscience and Cognition

Sheffield Autism Research Lab (SHARL)



2021 ‘What You Can’t Ignore: Examining Distraction in Autism’ – Economic and Social Research Council New Investigator Award (£213,637)


2024 Evaluating a Standardised Post-diagnostic Strengths and Needs Assessment for Autistic Adults: an Acceptability and Feasibility Study - NIHR RfPB (£249,883)

2022 Co-development of Personalised Support Profiles for Autistic Adults using ICF CoreSets for Autism - SBRI Healthcare (£99,972)

Teaching activities

PSY1002 Cognitive Psychology 1

PSY343 Neurodiversity

PSY331 Extended Essay in Psychology

PSY346 Research Project in Psychology

Professional activities and memberships

Co-Department Parental Champion (with Dr Emma Blakey)

PhD Opportunities

I am happy to receive applications for PhD study in my area of research.

We advertise PhD opportunities (Funded or Self-Funded) on FindAPhD.com

For further information, please see the department PhD Opportunities page.