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UCL Institute of Education professor wins prestigious prize for her research into autism

30 October 2015

An academic from the UCL Institute of Education, who was recently appointed Professor of Autism Education, has been awarded one of the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

Professor Liz Pellicano

Professor Liz Pellicano's research seeks to understand the distinctive opportunities and challenges often faced by autistic children, young people and adults and trace their impact on everyday life.

Professor Pellicano is a developmental cognitive scientist in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL and Director of the IOE Centre for Research in Autism Education.

On receiving the prestigious award, which is worth £100,000, Professor Pellicano said:

"I am thrilled and honoured to be awarded this prize. The research we do at the Centre for Research in Autism Education tries to make a real difference to the lives of everyone touched by autism. It is wonderful to see that work recognised in this way."

Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the UCL Institute of Education and UCL Vice-Provost said:

"I'm delighted by Liz's Leverhulme prize.  Over the past decade, Liz has established herself as a leading figure in  the field of autism research, and this award, following close on the heels of her promotion to a professorial chair at the UCL institute of Education, gives her an exceptional opportunity further to extend her influence and shape the lives of people with autism."

The Philip Leverhulme Prize recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.


  • Dr Liz Pellicano, Reader in Developmental Cognitive Science