Francesca Happé - Curriculum vitae#


  • 1988 B.A. (HONS) Experimental Psychology, Top First. Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
  • 1991 Ph.D (Psychology), UCL, University of London. MRC Studentship, MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London

Other responsibilities
  • Editorial Consultant responsible for drafting the MRC’s Review of Autism Research: Epidemiology and Causes (2001).
  • Joint Editor, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2000-2006). Editorial
  • Board member Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2000-2010) and Mind and Language (2003-present)

Plenary lectures

Invited speaker at academic/clinical conferences in more than 17 countries worldwide; e.g., Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain Learning and Memory, University of California Irvine (2006); International International Congress of Autism Europe (Oslo, 2007); International Meeting for Autism Research (London 2008); Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Sydney, 2009); keynote at opening of KIND, Karolinska Institute (2010). Co-convened Royal Society–British Academy Discussion Meeting ‘Talent and Autism’ (September 2008), and Evening Panel event (2009).

Public understanding of science
Subject of a Channel 4 documentary in the 4Learning ‘Living Science’ series and accompanying information pack for schools (

Regularly give talks for schools. Invited BAYS (British Association for Young Scientists) lecture at BAAS meeting (1999).

Television and radio appearances, including BBC QED, Open University, Horizon, ABC, World Service. Authored articles for The Daily Telegraph (science section), Independent and La Repubblica.


Supervised >10 PhD students, now in prestigious posts (e.g., UCL, Yale, NIMH). Regularly examined UK and European PhDs. Mentored several post-doctoral fellows.
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