I am looking at cognitive functioning in transition-age young people (adolescents to young adults) living in temporary accommodation at Llamau, a charity supporting homeless young people and vulnerable women across Wales. Some deficits in cognitive functioning have been reported in the homeless population (e.g. Pluck et al., 2010; Parks et al., 2007; Spence et al., 2004), including skills falling under the executive function umbrella such as working memory and theory of mind (e.g. Davidson et al., 2014).
My aim is to profile cognitive functioning in homeless young people and work with Llamau to look at how these young people are supported in relation to education and employment.
More information about Llamau and previous research undertaken as part of the collaboration can be found at http://www.llamau.org.uk/.