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Prof Simon Baron –Cohen

Prof Peter Mundy

Prof Francesca Happe

Dr. Eric Fombonne

Dr Varun Warrier

Dr Rosa Hoekstra

Dr Mayada Elsabbagh

Prof. David G. Amaral

Dr. Catherine Lord

Dr.  Hernán Amartino

Prof Bhismadev

Chakrabarti

Dr Guilliame Dumas

 Prof Heidi Feldman 

Dr. Roberto Toro

Dra. Lauren Franz

Dr. Gonzalo I. Cancino

Dra. Carla Mazefsky

Tanya L Procyshyn

Dr. Chawarska

Jay McClelland

 

Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. He has edited scholarly anthologies including Understanding Other Minds. He has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards.

 

He formulated the ‘mindblindness’ theory of autism (1985), the ‘prenatal sex steroid’ theory of autism (1997), and the ‘empathizing-systemizing’ theory of typical sex differences. He has made contributions to many aspects of autism research, to typical cognitive sex differences, and synaesthesia research.

 

He created the first UK clinic for adults with suspected Asperger Syndrome (1999) that has helped over 1,000 patients to have their disability recognized. He gave a keynote address to the United Nations in New York on Autism Awareness Day 2017 on the topic of Autism and Human Rights.

 

He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the American Psychological Association. He is Vice-President of the National Autistic Society, and President of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). He was Chair of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Autism (Adults) and was Chair of the Psychology Section of the British Academy. He is co-editor in chief of the journal Molecular Autism and is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He is the Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust funded award investigating the genetics of autism, in collaboration with the Sanger Centre.

 

He serves as Scientific Advisor, Trustee or Patron to several autism charities including the Autism Research Trust, and to the company Auticon, which only employs autistic people. He has taken part in many television documentaries, including the BBC’s Horizon, and Employable Me. See www.autismresearchcentre.com 

Peter Mundy, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist who has been working on defining the nature of autism for the past 30 years. His efforts in that regard began in 1981 at the UCLA where his work with collaborator Marian Sigman contributed to the understanding that joint attention impairments area fundamental feature of the social deficits of preschool children with autism. Between 1991 and 2007 he was the founding director of the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM/NSU CARD) which serves over 4000 children and families. He is currently is the Lisa Capps Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and School of Education. He is also the Director of Educational Research at the M.I.N.D. Institute. In the last ten years Dr. Mundy has been engaged in a program of research designed to advance the understanding and treatment of problems in learning, social and emotional development in school-aged children with autism. In 2006 he began a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supported program of research devoted to understanding neuro-cognitive, motivational and social processes that affect individual differences in the expression and outcomes of autism in school-aged children. In 2009 he was awarded NIMH funding to enable his research group to develop a multidisciplinary virtual reality laboratory for research on the role of social-attention in the social-learning disabilities of school- aged children with autism. In 2012 Dr. Mundy and his research group were awarded an Institute for Education Sciences grant to provide a much needed large scale study of academic development in elementary and secondary students with autism. Dr. Mundy has published over 120 scientific papers on child development, autism and related disabilities.