Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is scientist a clinical psychologist and a world-renowned expert and author in the fields of autism and cognitive neuroscience. He is currently Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He also serves as Director, Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and he held lectureships in these departments. Profession Baron-Cohen has authored a number of books in the area of autism and empathy, most noted are: Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread (written for parents and teachers); The Exact Mind; Mindblindness; The Essential Difference; Prenatal Testosterone in Mind; Zero Degrees of Empathy and the Science of Evil. He is also the author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards, and the author of more than 450 scientific articles.
In 1985 Professor Baron-Cohen formulated and went on to test the ‘mindblindness’ theory of autism. In 1997, he formulated and went on to test the ‘fetal sex steroid’ theory of autism. He has also made contributions to the fields of autism prevalence and screening, autism genetics, autism neuroimaging, autism and technical ability, typical cognitive sex differences, and synaesthesia. Professor Baron-Cohen’s work has essentially helped countless individuals who fall within the autistic spectrum, have their disability recognized. His scholarly work and advocacy has earned him numerous awards for his work including: the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Spearman Medal); the American Psychological Association (McCandless Award); the BPS (May Davison Award); the Autism Award Philadelphia Autism Association/Princeton University; the President’s Award (BPS); the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), Joseph Lister Lecturer; the Lifetime Achievement Award, MENSA; and Kanner-Asperger Medal (German Society for Research into Autism).
Professor Baron-Cohen is an active contributor and editor of a number of scientific publications, including the journal Molecular Autism and the Lancet Psychiatry. He is currently a Fellow of the BPS, the British Academy, and the American Psychological Association, as well as Vice-President of the National Autistic Society, Autism Anglia. He is also a Scientific Advisor or Patron to 6 autism charities and a member of the Department of Health Program Board, Autism Strategy; Chair of the Psychology Section of the British Academy, and President-Elect of INSAR and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator.