Hello! I'm Kana.

Autism researcher - neurodievrse mentor for neurodiverse minds - ballerina

I am a third year PhD student at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education. My PhD research is investigating the views and experiences of loneliness in autistic adults using mixed methods. 

I am autistic and have ADHD. As a neurodiverse individual and researcher, I hope to share my unique point of views and experiences where appropriate and helpful to advocate neurodiverse individuals. I have been interviewed by media such as the Spectrum and BBC. 

With my academic background in counselling and autism, I started online mentoring for neurodiverse minds with free mentoring sessions in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for someone to talk to and/or someone who understands neurodiverse minds, my door is always open. Please see more details on the "online mentoring for neurodiverse minds" page. 

I am a life-long ballerina. I started dancing classical ballet at the age of three and have been dancing at many different schools and studios (home studio, too!) in Japan, USA, UK. My life cannot be described without ballet. I am also a certified yoga instructor. 

I am a proud owner of two dogs, Sky (now in Heaven) and Levi. I am hoping to pour over as much love to them as they show me every day. 


  • on-going PhD in Psychology and Human Development, Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Institute of Education, University College London, UK

  • PgCert in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Distinction), Sheffield Hallam University and National Autistic Society, UK

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Theory, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College, USA

  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership (Honour), Northeastern University, USA


meaning of "brains en pointe"

Brains indicate individuals' brains that are differently wired from each other. Some are autistic, dyslexic, and some have ADHD, but all are brains meant to function differently to make the world more interesting. En pointe is the French term for on pointe. This indicates my passion for ballet and for my desire/hope for neurodiverse people to find joy and comfort in ballet. 

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