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Vladimira Stoencheva

Neurodevelopmental Specialist

Vladi has been working in King’s College London and South London and Maudsley Hospital since 2014, she has extensive experience in administering diagnostic and cognitive assessments for ASD and ADHD. Her broad range in clinical and research experience includes work on many projects involving neuroimaging, genetic conditions, twin projects, and new clinical trials. 
Area of expertise
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Education and training
  • BSc Kingston University (Psychology), 2014
  • MSc University College London (Mental Health Sciences Research)

Ashwood, K, Gillan, N, Horder, J, Hayward, H, Woodhouse, EL, McEwen, FS, Findon, J, Eklund, H, Spain, D, Wilson, C, Cadman, TJ, Young, SJ, Stoencheva, VV, Murphy, C, Robertson, D, Charman, T, Bolton, PF, Glaser, KF, Asherson, PJE, Simonoff, E and Murphy, DG 2016, 'Predicting the diagnosis of autism in adults using the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaire', Psychological medicine, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 2595-2604.

BASIS Team 2019, 'Familial risk of autism alters subcortical and cerebellar brain anatomy in infants and predicts the emergence of repetitive behaviors in early childhood', Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 614-627.

Ciarrusta, J, O'Muircheartaigh, J, Dimitrova, R, Batalle, D, Cordero-Grande, L, Price, A, Hughes, E, Steinweg, JK, Kangas, J, Perry, E, Javed, A, Stoencheva, V, Akolekar, R, Victor, S, Hajnal, J, Murphy, D, Edwards, D, Arichi, T and McAlonan, G 2019, 'Social Brain Functional Maturation in Newborn Infants With and Without a Family History of Autism Spectrum Disorder', JAMA Network open, vol. 2, no. 4, e191868.

Gudbrandsen, M, Daly, E, Murphy, CM, Wichers, RH, Stoencheva, V, Perry, E, Andrews, D, Blackmore, CE, Rogdaki, M, Kushan, L, Bearden, CE, Murphy, DGM, Craig, MC and Ecker, C 2019, 'The Neuroanatomy of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptomatology in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome', Cerebral Cortex, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 3655-3665.

Gudbrandsen, M., Mann, C., Bletsch, A., Daly, E., Murphy, C., Stoencheva, V., Blackmore, C., Rogdaki, M., Kushan, L., Bearden, C., Murphy, D., Craig, M. and Ecker, C., 2020. Patterns of Cortical Folding Associated with Autistic Symptoms in Carriers and Noncarriers of the 22q11.2 Microdeletion. Cerebral Cortex,.

Ilzarbe, D, Lukito, S, Moessnang, C, O'Daly, O, Lythgoe, D, Murphy, C, Ashwood, K, Stoencheva, V, Rubia, K and Simonoff, E 2020, 'Neural Correlates of Theory of Mind in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and the Comorbid Condition', Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Ilzarbe, D., Lukito, S., O’Daly, O., Lythgoe, D., Murphy, C., Stoencheva, V., Simonoff, E. and Rubia, K., 2017. fMRI correlates of social cognition in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and comorbid condition. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 27, pp.S607-S608.

Lukito, SD, O'Daly, OG, Lythgoe, DJ, Whitwell, S, Debnam, A, Murphy, CM, Ashwood, K, Stoencheva, V, Simonoff, E and Rubia, K 2018, 'Neural Correlates of Duration Discrimination in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Their Comorbid Presentation', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 9, pp. 569.

Pote, I., Wang, S., Sethna, V., Blasi, A., Daly, E., Kuklisova‐Murgasova, M., Lloyd‐Fox, S., Mercure, E., Busuulwa, P., Stoencheva, V., Charman, T., Williams, S., Johnson, M., Murphy, D. and McAlonan, G., 2019. Familial risk of autism alters subcortical and cerebellar brain anatomy in infants and predicts the emergence of repetitive behaviors in early childhood. Autism Research, 12(4), pp.614-627.

Sethna, V, Siew, J, Pote, I, Wang, S, Gudbrandsen, M, Lee, C, Perry, E, Adams, KPH, Watson, C, Kangas, J, Stoencheva, V, Daly, E, Kuklisova-Murgasova, M, Williams, SCR, Craig, MC, Murphy, DGM and McAlonan, GM 2019, 'Father-infant interactions and infant regional brain volumes: A cross-sectional MRI study', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 40, pp. 100721.

Wichers, R., Findon, J., Jelsma, A., Giampietro, V., Stoencheva, V., Robertson, D., Murphy, C., McAlonan, G., Ecker, C., Rubia, K., Murphy, D. and Daly, E., 2019. Modulation of brain activation during executive functioning in autism with citalopram. Translational Psychiatry, 9(1).

Wilson, CE, Murphy, CM, McAlonan, G, Robertson, DM, Spain, D, Hayward, H, Woodhouse, E, Deeley, PQ, Gillan, N, Ohlsen, JC, Zinkstok, J, Stoencheva, V, Faulkner, J, Yildiran, H, Bell, V, Hammond, N, Craig, MC and Murphy, DGM 2016, 'Does sex influence the diagnostic evaluation of autism spectrum disorder in adults?', Autism, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 808-819.

Wong, NML, Findon, J, Wichers, R, Giampietro, V, Stoencheva, V, Murphy, C, Blainey, S, Ecker, C, Murphy, D, McAlonan, G and Daly, E 2020, 'Serotonin differentially modulates the temporal dynamics of the limbic response to facial emotions in male adults with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD): a randomised placebo-controlled single-dose cross-over trial', Neuropsychopharmacology.