Curriculum Vitae – Shona Murphy


I am an autism professional and PhD student researching false accusations of fabricated and induced illness amongst parents of autistic children and I work as an associate tutor at Edgehill university and as an autism consultant and trainer.

I have contributed to journals, newspapers, websites, the radio and a book about autistic parenthood. I enjoy training those that support autistic people which ultimately leads to a positive impact on the autistic population. Most recently I have trained NHS staff, employees of private companies and university students who will support autistic people in their future careers.

Daily engagement with the autistic community has led to a broad understanding on what life is like for autistic people.  As a confident presenter and teacher, I am able to impart my knowledge to various audiences at all levels.


I am a self-employed autistic educator and advocate                               Jan 2016 – Present

Knowledge of autism

  • Have taught and supported university autism students in both Education and Social Care departments.
  • Am a regular attendee at autism conferences and local events
  • Avid reader of both autism related academic papers and online writing which ensures a well rounded knowledge of autism and the related issues faced by autistic people


  • Currently researching the large number of false accusations of fabricated and induced illness (FII; formerly known as Munchausen’s by proxy).
  • Completed primary research about autistic parents home educating their autistic children
  • Completed primary research on autistic parenthood – there is very little research on this topic
  • Part of an autistic led autism research group

Public speaker and trainer

  • Video editing is a recently acquired skill as the covid-19 pandemic has moved much of my training work online. I am keen to learn it for my PhD
  • Have trained staff in the NHS, various private companies, and schools
  • Topics include a general overview of autism, autistic parenthood, challenging behaviour, autism and gender, false accusations of fabricated and induced illness.
  • Audiences have ranged from small groups to large conferences
  • Have experience of academic presentations and talks to parents, professionals and autistic people
  • Lectures about autism to social care students and critical autism students

Supporting autistic people

  • Currently working as a mentor supporting an autistic man to find employment
  • Have supported and advocated for many autistic people and their families including attending appointments, organising support and liaising with schools and other services
  • Have supported women at a local charity and completed sensory assessments in order to potentially identifying who of them are autistic

Associate tutor | Edgehill University.                                                Oct 2020 – Present

Teaching on their autism MA and undergraduate critical autism modules

Analytical consultant | Aspect Analytics Ltd                                              Dec 2007 – Dec 2015

Created a consultancy providing analytical services mainly to the banking sector.  My expertise was in credit risk and a programming language called SAS.  Clients included Lloyds bank, Tesco Bank and RAC

Senior Credit Risk Analyst | HSBC                                                                   Nov 2005 – Dec 2007

Worked as an analyst creating statistical models and automated monthly reports

Senior Marketing Analyst | GE Capital                                                           Sep 2004 – Nov 2005

  • Managed a team of three for whom I set objectives, conducted appraisals, and provided day to day support

Analytical Consultant | Information Resources                                         2002 – 2004

European Training & Operations manager | Information Resources   2000 – 2002

Analyst/Senior Analyst | Information Resources                                      1998 – 2000


Speakers training day                                            National Autistic Society 2017

Various online autism courses                           National Autistic Society 2016 – 2018

Various SAS courses                                              Amadeus 2006

CIM Advanced Certificate in Marketing Bracknell & Wokingham College 1999-2000

Masterclass Train the Trainer                             Bracknell 2000


PhD (in progress) | University of Lincoln    

MA Autism (distinction) | Sheffield Hallam University                                      

BSc Psychology (2.ii) | The University of Birmingham                                     

Three A Levels (Maths, French and German) and 10 GCSEs

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