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Patricia Howlin

Professor Patricia Howlin

Emeritus Professor


Professor Patricia Howlin is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the international Society for Autism Research. She is currently  President of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes and was past Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. She was a founding editor of the journal “Autism” and author of over 200 research publications.  

Recent awards include the Autism Association of Western Australia– for Services to Autism; International Society for Autism Research (INSAR): Life-time Achievement Award; German, Austrian, Swiss Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions: Kanner -Asperger medal; UK National Autistic Society: Life-time Achievement Award 

Research Interests: 

  • Trajectories from child to adulthood among individuals with autism and other developmental disorders  
  • Interventions to improve functioning and longer term outcome in autism. 
  • Effectiveness of home and school based interventions for young children with autism  

Expertise and Public Engagement:

Prof. Howlin has collaborative research projects with City University, London and the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle in the UK.  

Outside the UK she has collaborations with the University Hospital, Oslo, and with Sydney, La Trobe and Griffith Universities in Australia.