Research Department

Autistics Unmasked has an #ActuallyAutistic team dedicated to conducting research on all things related to being autistic. The Research Team collaborates with the Education Team and the Social Media Team in helping to make academic research, statistics, and articles accessible for AU and the wider autistic community. The Research Team works on several projects that aim to collect and share information for the benefit of the autistic community.

Ongoing Projects


The Team

Heini Natri, PhD (she/her)

Head of Research

As a member of Autistics Unmasked Leadership, the Head of Research is responsible for aligning the team’s goals with AU’s mission, coordinating the team’s activities, and providing support and guidance.

Heini is a biologist and a computational scientist in the field of human genetics. She advocates on several fronts for socially responsible research, ethical conduct, and against all forms of eugenics. 

Wind turbines standing on a grassy plain, against a blue sky.
AJ Bowen (he/they)


AJ is a creative with a passion for black autistic advocacy and changing the way people think about the neurotype as well as opinions on ADHD. In addition to the work he does with Autistics Unmasked, he makes and records his own music as well as is active on Twitter in some neurodiverse circles.

Holly Roffe (Hol)


Hol is a current undergraduate student in Politics and International Studies, hoping to pursue a career in research, with a specific interest in autistic experiences in relation to politics. As well as this, Hol has an active Twitter account where they often tweet about their experiences as an autistic person, as well as identifying as an #ActuallyAutistic advocate.