Autistic people often describe how they “camouflage”, “mask” or try to “pass” as neurotypical. A growing body of research is attempting to understand camouflaging, the possible gender differences in camouflaging, and the potential impact that camouflaging has particularly on an individual’s well-being. We are contributing to this research by trying to deepen our understanding of why and when camouflaging happens, how it interacts with autistic identity, gender and mental health outcomes. During her PhD, Dr Eilidh Cage examined reputation management in autistic individuals, both experimentally and qualitatively. This research underpins Eilidh’s interest in camouflaging.


Cage, E., Di Monaco, J. & Newell, V. (2018). Experiences of autism acceptance and mental health in autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(2), 473 – 484.

Cage, E., Bird, G., & Pellicano, E. (2016). Reputation management in children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (12), 3798-3811. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2923-1  

Cage, E., Bird, G., & Pellicano, E. (2016) “I am who I am”: Reputational concerns in adolescents with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 25, 12 – 23. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2016.01.010

Cage, E., Pellicano, E., Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2013). Reputation management: Evidence for ability but reduced propensity in autism. Autism Research, 6 (5), 433 – 442. doi: 10.1002/aur.1313.