Marianna Murin

Marianna is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specializing in the field of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and neurodiversity. For over twenty years, Marianna dedicated her work to promoting the psychological well-being of people on the Autism Spectrum and improving her understanding of ASC as an international trainer in diagnostics of ASC, lecturer, writer, and therapist. She has managed psychology provision at the National Centre for Autism Spectrum Conditions at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, for over a decade. She set up a national training program for the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, UK, aimed at training therapists in evidence-based practice with children and young people with ASC and neurodiversity. Marianna is a founder and director of Autism Spectrum Directions, an international centre for promoting diagnostics, treatment and recognition of ASC and neurodiversity.

Having certified as an ADOS2 trainer in 2002, Marianna is now a highly experienced ADOS trainer, and trainer of trainers. Marianna runs regular ADOS2 courses with a range of organisations in worldwide, including the Australia, Barbados, Dubai, Gibraltar, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Turkey. Marianna set up and established a highly successful center for training professionals in diagnostics of social communication disorders and is currently one of the most regarded trainers in this field in the United Kingdom. On our UK-based training events, we have also been privileged to have delegates from all over the world, and we are very passionate about international development and collaboration.

Marianna has always been actively involved in research, having worked for the International Molecular Genetic Sudy of Autism at the Institure of Psychiatry, UK. Together with colleagues from UCL and ICH, Marianna has developed research-evaluated programmes aimed at supporting children with ASD after receiving their diagnosis (PEGASUS) and a manualised intervention facilitating children with ASD to develop to their full potential in mainstream education (STEP-ASD). Marianna and her colleagues have recently authored a book – Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition into Secondary School. Marianna promotes understanding of neurodiversity by regular podcasts and online webinars for parents and professionals.

The most satisfying achievements of her career has been inspiring people to continuously strive to create more inclusive environments for everyone with neurodiversity and helping children and young people to thrive.