Towards a new science of autism: building a participatory framework

Professor Liz Pellicano

Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) UCL Institute of Education

Liz Pellicano is Professor of Autism Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She is committed to understanding the distinctive opportunities and challenges faced by autistic children, young people and adults and tracing their impact on everyday life – at home, at school and out-and-about in the community.

She is also dedicated both to ensuring that the outcomes of her research are as influential as possible in education policy-making and to enhancing public understanding of autism, its challenges and opportunities.

Liz trained as an educational psychologist in Perth, Australia, where she also completed her PhD on the cognitive profile of children with autism, before becoming a Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. She became Director of CRAE in January 2013.


There has been a substantial increase in research activity on autism during the past decades. Research into effective ways of responding to the immediate needs of autistic people is, however, less advanced, as are efforts at... [ view full abstract ]


PL-5 » Plenary Lecture (15:20 - Friday, 16th September, Pentland Auditorium)