Autism CRC welcomes Macquarie University as an Other Participant and Professor Liz Pellicano to our team

Professor Liz PellicanoAutism CRC is pleased to announce that Macquarie University has become one of our Other Participants. This new research collaboration will be led for Macquarie by international pre-eminent autism researcher Professor Liz Pellicano, now joining Autism CRC’s world-leading team of researchers.

Professor Liz Pellicano is a developmental cognitive scientist committed to understanding the opportunities and challenges often faced by autistic children, young people and adults, as well as building inclusive communities that appreciate the value of neurodiversity. She trained as an educational psychologist in Perth, Australia, and completed her PhD on the cognitive profile of children with autism at UWA, before taking up positions in Oxford and Bristol. She joined University College London in 2009, and for the past four years was Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL. She has recently taken up a professorial role within the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University. Macquarie has long had an interest in autism research, as well as a strong focus on cognitive science and inclusive education.

“Macquarie is very pleased to join Autism CRC, the world’s first national collaboration between researchers, industry, government and the autistic and autism communities focused on enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes for those on the spectrum and their families”, said Simon Handley, Executive Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University.

Andrew Davis, Autism CRC CEO, said he was thrilled to have Macquarie University as an Other Participant and Professor Pellicano joining our team given her long standing commitment to inclusive research practice and her international standing as a true thought-leader in this field.

“Liz’s work at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at University College London not only aimed at making real and immediate differences for autistic people and their families through research – crucially, it helped drive change in the manner in which autism research is conducted. Inclusive research and coproduction are part of Autism CRC’s DNA,” said Andrew Davis.

Professor Pellicano will continue her work as a research leader within Autism CRC, helping to advance Autism CRC’s inclusive research practices and community capacity building activities. Her appointment will help progress Autism CRC’s commitment to developing inclusive, neurodiverse communities that empower autistic people to discover and use their diverse strengths and interests.

The work we do at the Autism CRC is only possible thanks to the support of our participant organisations and partners. The collaborative environment within a cooperative research centre gives us the scale needed to have real transformational impact for the autistic and autism communities through our research programs.

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