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Dr Lisa Quadt

Dr Lisa Quadt

Dr Lisa Quadt

Research Fellow II
T: +44 (0)1273 876771
Location: Trafford Centre for Medical Research, BSMS, University of Sussex, BN1 9RY

Areas of expertise: neuropsychiatry; cognitive science; philosophy of mind.

Research areas: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and co-morbid anxiety, the role of interoception in ASCs and anxiety and how anxiety symptoms can be alleviated by interoceptive training, framing interoception research within predictive processing, social cognition.


Lisa completed her PhD in philosophy of mind at the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Her PhD focussed on finding a theoretical framework for social cognition and how predictive processing can help with that aim. She took an interdisciplinary approach and merged perspectives on social cognition from philosophy, psychology and social neuroscience and became more interested in the empirical side of her research. She moved to the University of Sussex in 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School where she now runs a clinical trial testing out a new therapy for anxiety symptoms in individuals on the autism spectrum. 


Lisa’s broad interest lies in the interaction between body and mind in mental health conditions. Her current research focusses on the influence of interoception on anxiety in autism spectrum conditions. Previous research at BSMS has shown that individuals with autism often show a mismatch between their ability to detect bodily signals and their confidence in this ability. This mismatch predicts anxiety levels, which is why a current clinical trial Lisa is involved in tries out a new therapy that aims to align these abilities. To characterize the mechanisms behind these interoceptive dimensions, Lisa combines structural and functional MRI brain scanning with physiological measures and psychophysiological task assessments.