Uta Frith - Curriculum vitae#

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  • Vordiplom in Psychology (1964), Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken.
  • Diploma in Abnormal Psychology (1966), Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
  • Ph.D. in Psychology (1968), Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.


  • 2007 – Aarhus University Research Foundation Professor
  • 2006 – Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • 1996 - 2006 Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • 1968 - 2006 MRC Scientist.


  • 2012 Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE)
  • 2012 Foreign Associate National Adademy of Sciences
  • 2012 Honorary Doctorate Cambridge University
  • 2010 Mind & Brain Prize University of Turin
  • 2010 Experimental Psychology Society Bartlett Lecture
  • 2009 European Latsis Prize “Brain and Mind” jointly with Chris Frith
  • 2009 BPS Research Board Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2009 Mitglied der DeutschenAkademie der NaturforscherLeopoldina
  • 2008 Honorary Fellow Newnham College Cambridge
  • 2008 UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement in SET
  • 2008 Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Göteborg
  • 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award International Association for Autism Research
  • 2007 Samuel T. Orton Award International Dyslexia Association
  • 2007 Honorary Fellow UCL
  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate Nottingham University
  • 2006 Society for Educational Studies Book Prize with SJ Blakemore for “The Learning Brain”
  • 2006 Honorary Fellow British Psychological Society
  • 2006 President Experimental Psychology Society
  • 2005 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 2005 Burghölzli Award, University of Zurich Medical School
  • 2004 Robert Sommer Award, University of Giessen Medical School
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate, University of York
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate, University of Palermo
  • 2003 Jean Louis Signoret Prize of the Ipsen Foundation for Neuropsychology
  • 2001 Elected Fellow of the British Academy.
  • 2001 Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate, University of St Andrews.
  • 1998 Honorary Doctorate, University of Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 1992 Elected Member of the Academia Europaea.
  • 1990 The President’s Award of the British Psychological Society for distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge.


Uta Frith trained in experimental and clinical psychology at the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrückenand at University of London's Institute of Psychiatry.After completing her Ph.D. (‘Pattern detection in autism’) in 1968, she became a research scientist sponsored by the Medical Research Council and affiliated to UCL. She is now Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Visiting Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Uta Frith is known for her workonneuro-developmental disorders, inparticular, autism and dyslexia. In both fields she has pioneered an approach that combines experimental, neuropsychological and neuroscientific methods. She has pioneered and contributed to the major theories explaining these disorders with the aim of relating the underlying cognitive causes of these disorders to specific brain systems.


  • Member of co-ordinating committee of European Science Foundation Network on Literacy, 1990-1994.
  • Member of the MRC Mental Health and Neurosciences Board, 1996-1999.
  • Member of MRC Autism Review group and chair of Psychology and Psychiatry subgroup, 2001 – 2002
  • Member of Sectional Committee 6 of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2001-2003
  • Member of the Communications and Activities Committee of the British Academy 2002 –2006
  • Editorial board member of: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Member of Royal Society Evaluation Panel: subcommittee to the Audit committee 2006- 2009
  • Elected Member of Council of the Royal Society 2006 - 2007
  • Chair of Royal Society Library Committee 2008–2012
  • Member of Royal Society Sectional Committee 2010-2013
  • Chair of British Academy Psychology Section 2008-2011
  • Chair of Royal Society Working Group on Impact of Neuroscience on Education 2009-2011


  • Studies of Brain and Mind. Lecture series in Umea, Stockholm, Lund and Gothenburg, March and April 2002 as distinguished lecturer of the Swedish Neuropsychology Society
  • Comparing Theories of Dyslexia. Second Curt von Euler LectureMuenchen 2002 Rodin Society Conference Muenchen, September 2002
  • Autism in History. Henry Sidgwick Memorial Lecture, Newnham College, Cambridge, May 2003
  • The Neuropsychology of Autism. 9th Annual Jeeves Lecture, St. Andrews, April 2005
  • The effect of orthography on reading and reading problems. S.T. Orton Award Lecture. Meeting of the International Dyslexia Association, Dallas November 2007
  • Autism and the Absent Self. Plenary lecture May 2007, Seattle Meeting of IMFAR
  • What autism teaches us about social cognition. John Damian Lecture, Stirling, October 2008
  • Autism: Insights from Research to Practice. Otto Wolf Lecture, Institute of Child Health, January 2009
  • How our social brain modifies our behaviour. Herbert Spencer Lecture, March 2009 Oxford
  • Why we need cognitive explanations of autism. Bartlett Lecture, EPS meeting January 2010 London
  • What is cognitive and what is social in social cognition.Lecture linked to the BPS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011 Glasgow

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