Rachael Bedford google scholar page.


Carter-Leno, V.*, Wright, N.*, Pickles, A., Bedford, R., Zaidman-Zait, A., Kerns, C., Mirenda, P., Zwaigenbaum, L., Duku, E., Bennett, T., Georgiades, S., Smith, I., Vaillancourt, T., Szatmari, P. and Elsabbagh, M. (2021). Exposure to Family Stressful Life Events in Autistic Children: Longitudinal Associations with Mental Health and the Moderating Role of Cognitive Flexibility. Autism (in press) 


Lynch, S. F., Bedford, R., Propper, C., Wagner, N. J. (2021). Examining Links Between Infant Parasympathetic Regulation during the Still-Face Paradigm and Later Callous-Unemotional Traits. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 1-15


Courchesne, V., Bedford, R., Pickles, A., Duku, E., Kerns, C., Mirenda, P., Bennett, T., Georgiades, S., Smith, I.M., Ungar, W., Vaillancourt, T., Zaidman-Zait, A., Zwaigenbaum, L., Szatmari, P., Elsabbagh, M. & Pathways Team (2021). Non-verbal IQ and change in restricted and repetitive behavior throughout childhood in autism: A longitudinal study using the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised. (2021). Molecular Autism, 12(10), 1-10.

Tesfaye, R., Wright, N., Zaidman-Zait, A., Bedford, R., Zwaigenbaum, L., Kerns, C., Duku, E., Mirenda, P., Bennett, T., Georgiades, S., Smith, I. M., Vaillancourt, T., Pickles, A., Szatmari, P., Elsabbagh, M. and Pathways Team. (2021). Investigating longitudinal associations between parent reported sleep in early childhood and teacher reported executive functioning in school-aged children with autism. Sleep (in press)

Media coverage: Spectrum News

Gliga, T., Skolnick, A., Liersch, U., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Bedford, R. (2021). Investigating the mechanisms driving referent selection and retention in Toddlers at Typical and Elevated Likelihood for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Child Language (in press)

Huberty, S., Carter Leno, V., van Noordt, S. J. R., Bedford, R., Pickles, A., Desjardins, J.A., Webb, S. J., Elsabbagh, M. (2021). Association between spectral EEG power and autism risk and diagnosis in early development. Autism Research (in press)


Portugal, A. M., Bedford, R., Cheung, C. H. M., Mason, L. and Smith, T. J. (2020). Longitudinal touchscreen use across early development is associated with faster exogenous and reduced endogenous attention control. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-12.

Bedford, R., Carter Leno, V., Wright, N., Bluett-Duncan, M., Smith, T. J., Anzures, G., Pickles, A., Sharp, H., Hill, J. Emotion Recognition Performance in Children with Callous Unemotional Traits is Modulated by Co-occurring Autistic Traits. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-17.


Portugal, A. M., Bedford, R., Cheung, C. H. M., Gliga, T., Smith, T. J. Saliency-Driven Visual Search Performance in Toddlers With Low– vs High–Touch Screen Use. JAMA Pediatr. Published online August 10, 2020. https://doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2344

Carter Leno, V., Bedford, R., Chandler, S., White, P., Yorke, I., Charman, T., Pickles, A., & Simonoff, E. (2020). Callous-unemotional traits in youth with autism spectrum (ASD): Replication of prevalence estimates and associations with gaze patterns when viewing fearful faces. Development and Psychopathology, 1-9.

Hendry, A., Jones, E. J. H., Bedford, R., Konke, L. A., Ali, J. B., Bӧlte, S., Brocki, K. C., Demurie, E., Johnson, M. H.,Pijl, M., Roeyers, H., Charman, T., & The Eurosibs Team. (2020). Atypical development of attentional control associates with later adaptive functioning, autism and ADHD traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication.


Bedford, R., Gliga, T., Hendry, A., Jones, E.J.H., Pasco, G., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., Pickles, A., & The BASIS Team. Infant Regulatory Function acts as a Protective Factor for Later Traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder but not Callous Unemotional Traits. (2019). Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 11(1), 14.

Parsons, J.P., Bedford, R., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., & The BASIS Team. (2019). Gaze following and attention to objects in infants at familial risk for ASD. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1799.

Shephard, E.*, Bedford, R.*, Milosavljevic, B., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & The BASIS Team. (2019). Early developmental pathways to childhood symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(9), 963-974.


Wagner, N., Gueron, N., Bedford, R., & Propper, C. Maternal attributions of infant behavior and parenting behaviors predict teacher-rated internalizing problems in childhood. (2018). Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 47, S569-S577.

Hendry, A., Jones, E. J. H., Bedford, R., Gliga, T., Charman, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2018). Developmental change in look durations predicts later effortful control in toddlers at familial risk for ASD. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 10(1), 3.

Gueron, N., Bedford, R., Wagner, N., & Propper, C. (2018). Children’s Executive Functions Attenuate the Link between Maternal Intrusiveness and Internalizing Behaviors at School Entry. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 47, S435-S444.

Cheung, C.H.M., Bedford, R., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & Gliga, T. (2018). Visual search performance in infants associates with later ASD diagnosis. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 4-10.


Minero, V.A., Barker, E., & Bedford, R. (2017). Method of homicide and severe mental illness: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 37, 52-62.

Bedford, R.*, Gliga, T.*, Shephard, E., Jones, E. J. H., Elsabbagh, M., Pickles, A., Charman, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2017). Neurocognitive and observational markers: Prediction of autism spectrum disorder from infancy to mid-childhood. Molecular Autism, 8(1), 1-10.

Tye, C.*, Bedford, R.*, Asherson, P., Ashwood, K.L., Azadi, B., Bolton, P., & McLoughlin, G. (2017). Callous-unemotional traits modulate neurophysiological profiles in children with ASD and ADHD. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 84-90.

Cheung, C. H. M., Bedford, R., Saez De Urabain, I. R., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith, T. J. (2017). Daily touchscreen use in infants and toddlers is associated with reduced sleep and delayed sleep onset. Scientific Reports, 7, 46104.

               Media coverage: BBC News, NHS Choices, The Independent, Telegraph

Green J., Pickles A., Pasco G., Bedford R., Wan MW., Elsabbagh M., Slonims V., Gliga T., Jones E. J. H., Charman T., Johnson M. H., & the BASIS Team. (2017). Randomised trial of a parent-mediated intervention for infants at high risk for autism: longitudinal outcomes to age three years. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(12), 1330-1340.

               Media coverage: Healio, WebMD

Bedford, R.*, Wagner, N.*, Rehder, P., Propper, C., Willoughby, M., & Mills-Koonce, R. (2017). The role of maternal directed gaze, sensitive parenting and emotion recognition in childhood callous-unemotional behaviours. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 26(8), 947-956.


Bedford, R., Saez de Urabain, I. R., Cheung, C.H.M., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith, T. J. (2016). Toddlers’ Fine Motor Milestone Achievement is Associated with Early Touchscreen Scrolling. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1108.

               Media coverage: BBC News, The Independent, Evening Standard

Bedford, R., Jones, E. H., Johnson, M. H., Pickles, A., Charman, T., & Gliga, T. (2016). Sex differences in the association between infant markers and later autistic traits. Molecular Autism, 7(1), 21.

Bedford, R., Pickles, A., & Lord, C. (2016). Early Gross Motor Skills Predict the Subsequent Development of Language in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 9(9), 993-1001.​

               Media coverage: Spectrum News


Bedford, R., Pellicano, E., Mareschal, D., & Nardini, M. (2015). Flexible integration of visual cues in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 9(2), 272-281.

Gliga, T., Bedford, R., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., & The BASIS Team. (2015). Enhanced visual search in infancy predicts emerging autism symptoms. Current Biology, 25(13), 1727-1730.

               Media coverage: Scientific American Mind, ABC News Australia, The Times Online

Leonard, H.*, Bedford, R.*, Pickles, A., & Hill, E. (2015). Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 13, 15-24.

Gammer, I., Bedford, R., Elsabbagh, M., Garwood, H., Pasco, G., Tucker, L., Volein, A., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & The BASIS Team. (2015). Behavioural markers for autism in infancy: Scores on the Autism Observation Scale for Infants in a prospective study of at-risk siblings. Infant Behavior and Development, 38, 107-115.

Green, J., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Wan, M. W., Elsabbagh, M., Slonims, V., Taylor, C., McNally, J., Booth, R., Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Harrop, C., Bedford, R., Johnson, M. H., & The BASIS Team. (2015). Parent-mediated intervention for infants at high risk of autism: Randomised clinical trial. Lancet Psychiatry, 2(2), 133-140.

               Media coverage: TIME Online, The Guardian, Daily Mail Online

Bedford, R., Pickles, A., Sharp, H., Wright, N., & Hill, J. (2015). Reduced face preference in infancy: A developmental precursor for callous-unemotional traits? Biological Psychiatry, 78(2), 144-150.

               Media coverage: The Independent, Daily Mail Online, Huffington Post, The Atlantic

Pickles, A. & Bedford, R. (2015). What Clinicians’ Need to Know about Statistical Issues and Methods. In M. Rutter, D. V. M. Bishop, D. S. Pine, S. Scott, J. Stevenson, E. Taylor & A Thapar (Eds), Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sixth Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Gliga, T., Jones, E. J. H., Bedford, R., Charman, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2014). From early markers to neuro-developmental mechanisms of autism. Developmental Review, 34(3), 189-207.

Jones, E. J. H., Gliga, T., Bedford, R., Charman, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2014). Developmental pathways to autism: A review of prospective studies of infants at risk. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 39, 1-33.

Bedford, R., Pickles, A., Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., & The BASIS Team. (2014). Additive effects of social and non-social attention during infancy relate to later autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Science, 17(4), 612-620.

Hudry, K., Chandler, S., Bedford, R., Pasco, G., Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & The BASIS Team. (2014). Early language profiles in infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(1), 154-167.

Leonard, H. C., Bedford, R., Charman, T., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M. H., Hill, E. L., & The BASIS Team. (2014). Motor development in children at-risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings. Autism, 18(3), 281-291.

Elsabbagh, M., Bedford, R., Senju, A., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. H., & The BASIS Team. (2014). What you see is what you get: contextual modulation of face scanning in typical and atypical development. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(4), 538-543.


Bedford, R., Gliga, T., Frame, K., Hudry, K., Chandler, S., Johnson, M. H., Charman, T., & The BASIS Team. (2013) Failure to learn from feedback underlies word learning difficulties in toddlers at-risk for autism. Journal of Child Language, 40(1), 29-46.


Bedford, R., Elsabbagh, M., Senju, A., Gliga, T., Pickles, A., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., & The BASIS Team. (2012). Precursors to social and communication difficulties in infants at-risk for autism: Gaze following and attentional engagement. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(10), 2208-2218.


Nardini, M., Bedford, R., & Mareschal, D. (2010). Fusion of visual cues is not mandatory in children. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(39), 17041-17046.


Nardini, M., Jones, P., Bedford, R., & Braddick, O. (2008). Development of cue integration in human navigation. Current Biology, 18(9), 689-693.

*joint first author