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Post-Doctorante (Université Grenoble Alpes)


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Bâtiment : Bât. Michel Dubois

Bureau : E 121

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My research focuses on autism across various dimensions and all ages. Firstly, I am interested in sex and gender-related differences in autism, as well as predictive brain theories. I conduct fundamental research on these topics, using behavioral experiments and neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI. I also engage in more clinically oriented work concerning autistic women in collaboration with physicians from the CHU (Grenoble Alpes Hospital). I am also involved in the development of participatory research with the iMind center in Lyon. Lastly, my current postdoctoral project is centered around understanding the factors influencing the school and social participation of autistic children. I am also deeply interested in statistics, programming and open science practices. 

Disciplines scientifiques

Discipline(s) scientifique(s)

psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience



Autism : research advances, Lecture, Master in Child Neuropsychology, Grenoble Alpes University.


Differential Psychology and Psychometry, Lecture and practical work, Licence in Psychology,
Grenoble Alpes University.


Statistics, Practical work with R, Master in Child Neuropsychology, Grenoble Alpes University.


Cognitive Psychology, Practical work, Licence in Psychology, Grenoble Alpes University


Research Methodology, Practical work, Licence in Psychology, Grenoble Alpes University


Supervision of masters students in their research work -  8 students - Grenoble Alpes University.


Teacher in special need education.


Primary school teacher.

Curriculum vitae
Post-Doctoral researcher | LPNC – Grenoble Alpes University/CNRS – Supervisors : Pr. M. Baciu et Dr. M. Perrone. Identifying the factors influencing scholar and social participation in autistic children using structural
equation modeling.
Research Engineer | iMind –Le Vinatier Hospital (Lyon) – Supervision : Pr. C. Demily. Parenthood in autism. Building a survey in a participatory research framework, aimed at investigating the representations of health,
education and justice professionals on parenthood in autism, compared to those of autistic parents.
PhD in Psychology and cognitive neurosciences. Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition (Grenoble). Supervisors : Pr M. Mermillod (Grenoble), Dr M. Gomot (Tours) – Predictive mechanisms during the processing of socio-emotional stimuli in autistic adults.
PhD mobility  - Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Lab (Melbourne, Australia) – Supervisor : Pr. Marta Garrido (sept - nov 2022) – Training in SPM (DCM).
MSc in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences | Grenoble Alpes University, France.
BS in Psychology | IED Paris 8, France.
Certificate of professional aptitude for specialized aids, adapted teaching and disabled
student schooling|  IUFM Bonneville, France. Certification to be a licensed teacher for students with special needs.
Certificate in Primary Education |  IUFM Bonneville, France. Certification as a primary school teacher.
B.A and M.A. in Art and Culture studies | University of Nîmes / University of Malta, France
/ Malta.
Preparatory classes for engineering school | University of Technology Belfort-Montbeliard,





Thesis Price of the Grenoble Alpes University 


Young Talents Award for Women in Science - L'oréal - UNESCO Fundation, France

Mobility Grant CBH Graduate School (ANR-17-EURE-003) - Grenoble Alpes University, France

Mobility Grant IDEX  Grenoble Alpes University, France

GIS mobility Grant – Scientific Group for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders, France


PhD Fellowship  French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France


Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)


Mermillod, M., Perrier, M.J.R., Lacroix, A., Kauffmann, L., Peyrin, C., Méot, A., Vermeulen, N., Dutheil, F. (2022). High Spatial Frequencies Disrupts Visual Recognition: Evidence from an Attentional Blink Paradigm. Helyon.

Lacroix, A., Harquel, S., Mermillod, M., Vercueil, L., Alleysson, D., Dutheil, F., Kovarski, K., & Gomot, M. (2022). The Predictive Role of Low Spatial Frequencies in Automatic Face Processing: A Visual Mismatch Negativity Investigation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16.

Lacroix, A., Dutheil, F., Logemann, A., Cserjesi, R., Peyrin, C., Biro, B., Gomot, M., & Mermillod, M. (2022). Flexibility in autism during unpredictable shifts of socio-emotional stimuli: Investigation of group and sex differences. Autism, 26(7), 1681–1697.

Magnon, V., Vallet, G. T., Benson, A., Mermillod, M., Chausse, P., Lacroix, A., Bouillon-Minois, J.-B., & Dutheil, F. (2022). Does heart rate variability predict better executive functioning? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cortex.


Lacroix, A., Nalborczyk, L., Dutheil, F., Kovarski, K., Chokron, S., Garrido, M., Gomot, M., & Mermillod, M. (2021). High spatial frequency filtered primes hastens happy faces categorization in autistic adults. Brain and Cognition, 155, 105811.


Book and book chapter


Lacroix, A. Autisme au féminin – Approches historique et scientifique, regards cliniques. Éditions de l’Université Grenoble Alpes – Collection Carrefour des Idées (peer-reviewed)

Lacroix, A. Autisme et recherche participative. In C. Barthélémy et F. Bonnet-Briault (dir.), L’autisme de l’enfance à l’âge adulte, coll., Psychiatrie. Paris, France : Lavoisier. (in press)


In conference proceedings


Lacroix, A. & Cazalis, F. (2019). Comment caractériser les femmes autistes à l’âge adulte. In S. Topouzkhanian et G. Hilaire-Debove (dir.), Troubles du Spectre de l’autisme : recherche et orthophonie, Actes 2019 (p. 35 à 68). Paris, France : ortho edition.




Lacroix, A. Socio-emotionnal prediction in autism : specificities and sex differences. Neurospin Seminar. June 13. Paris, France. Invited Talk
Rynkiewicz, A., Sohl, K., Vasa, R.A., Brewer Curran, A., Lacroix, A., Klecha, G., Klecha, J., Plata-Nazar, K., Łucka, I., Mazur, A. Global scale ECHO Autism model enhancing healthcare for females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during their transition into adulthood. 13th Autism-Europe International Congress. October 7-9, 2022. Cracow, Poland.
Lacroix, A. Être femme et autiste. 20e Congrès de l’encéphale. January 19-20-21, 2022. Invited talk.
Dubreucq, M., Lacroix A.,  Pignard, M., Langloys, D., Demily, C.. Participatory research : how to achieve a genuine co-construction with autistic individuals. Journée de recherche  transdisciplinaire iMind/ Gis Autisme. March 17. 2022., Lyon, France.
Dubreucq, M., Lacroix A.,  Pignard, M., Langloys, D., Demily, C.. Participatory reserach : how to achieve a genuine co-construction with autistic individuals. Journées Neurosciences Psychiatrie Neurologie. June 30 – July 1, 2022. Paris, France.
Mermillod, M. & Lacroix, A.   Predictive brain and emotion recognition in autism. LAPSCO Seminar. September 30, 2021. Clermont-Ferrand, France. Invited talk.
Lacroix, A., Nalborczyk, L., Mermillod,M., Pouchon, A., Jaffiol, A., & Polosan, M. Emotionnal predictive brain in bipolar disorder : contribution of diffusion models. Meeting of Expertise Centers for Bipolar Disorder of the FondaMental Foundation. June 16, 2021. Grenoble, France. Invited talk.
Lacroix, A. Autism in females : from research to clinical practice. 18e Congrès de l’Encéphale. January 22, 2020. Paris, France. Invited talk.
Lacroix, A. & Cazalis, F. How to characterize autistic women in adulthood ? XIXèmes Rencontres internationales d'orthophonie. December 6, 2019. Paris, France. Invited talk.
Lacroix, A., Cumin, J. Mottron, L., Duret, P., & Cazalis, F.  What can we learn by including autistic people in the scientific process? XIIe Congrès International Autisme Europe. September 13 – 15, 2019. Nice, France.
Rynkiewicz, A., Garnett, M., Attwood, T., Brownlow, C., Baron-Cohen, S., Hadjikhani, N., Lassalle, A., Sarah, O., Pieniążek, A., Kalisz, K., Lacroix, A., & Łucka, I. (2017). Autism spectrum conditions (ASC) in females – clinical perspectives on diagnosis and new directions in the assessments’ construct. 1st International Conference of Polish Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Katowice, Poland.
Lacroix, A., Harquel, S., Kovarski, K ., Barbosa, L., Garrido, M., Vercueil, L., Kauffmann, L., Dutheil, F., Gomot, M., Mermillod, M., Dissociation between neural and behavioral response in the coarse-to-fine processing of faces in autism. Organisation for Human Brain Mapping. Accepted.
Lacroix, A., Mermillod, M., Harquel, S., Garrido, M., Barbosa, L., Vercueil, L., Aleysson, D., Dutheil, F., Kovarski, K., Gomot, M., (2023). Sex Differences in Atypical Predictive Processes from Low Spatial Frequencies in ASD: Evidence from Mismatch Responses to Filtered Faces. International Society for Autism Research. Stockholm, Sweden.
Lacroix, A., Gomot, M., Logemann, A., Peyrin, C., Dutheil, F., Biro, B., Cserjesi, R., & Mermillod, M. (2021). Reduced flexibility in autism on an unpredicted emotional flexibility task. International Society for Autism Research. Online
Lacroix, A., Perrier, M., Fombonne, M., Kauffmann, L., Peyrin, L., Vermeulen, N., Dutheil, F., Gomot, M. & Mermillod, M. (2019). High Spatial Frequencies dominance for visual consciousness in autistic and non-autistic subjects suggested by an attentional blink paradigm – European Society for COgnitive Psychology . Tenerife, Spain
Lacroix, A ., Cumin, J., Duret, P., Tsaag-Valren, A., Rynkiewicz, A., Mottron, L., & Cazalis, F. (2019). Exploration of the French version of the Q-ASC: a tool for investigating the female autistic profile, International Autism Europe Congress. Nice, France.
Informations complémentaires




More than 20 scientific outreach presentations, webinar, interviews (for radio, TV and press) or workshops related to autism in females and participatory research in autism, in France and Switzerland.


Committee Member of the research focus group for the inter-ministerial delegation for the national autism strategy (2023 – 2027)


Contribution to the organization of conferences with the national Scientific Interest Group for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Member of the scientific committee for the 2nd national conference on autism. November 19 – 20 2021. Bern, Switzerland.

Reviewer for Visual Cognition, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

Labtimes : talks on various methodological topics based on articles (e.g., Drift Diffusion Model ; Data Transformation ; Random effect structure in mixed models).

Publié le 28 août 2023

Mis à jour le 31 août 2023