Annelies Spek works as a clinical psychologist and senior researcher at a specialized centre for adults with an autism spectrum disorder in the Netherlands. In 2010, she completed her PhD thesis entitled: ‘Cognitive profiles of adults with high functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome’. At this moment, she heads the research department of the autism centre and coordinates the mindfulness program. One of her most recent research projects is on the effects of mindfulness in adults and adolescents with autism.
In addition, she regularly gives lectures and conducts workshops and training sessions (nationally and internationally) on the subject of mindfulness for adults with autism and about diagnostics in adults with autism. She enjoys doing this because it combines clinical work with research outcomes and transfer of knowledge to other professionals.
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