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Professor Patricia Howlin  BA, MSc, PhD, FBPS

address

Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P
De Crespigny Park
London
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

departmentsPsychology
alsoChild Clinical Psychology

biography

Patricia Howlin is Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. This is the first Chair in Clinical Child Psychology in the UK. She is a chartered clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her principal research interests focus on autism and other developmental disorders. She has conducted evaluations of a variety of different intervention programmes, including comparative studies of home and school based treatments; control trials of communication training programmes, and longer term studies of the impact of early interventions. She has also been involved in research on the transition to adulthood by people with autism and individuals with Williams syndrome, developmental language disorders and Fragile X.

Professor Howlin is Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and the Chair of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes and joint editor of the journal Autism: Her books and articles on autism and Asperger syndrome have been translated into a number of different languages including Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Swedish and Korean

activities and interests

Research interests The main focus is on autism and other developmental disorders and the effectiveness of interventions for ASD. Evaluations have been conducted of a variety of different intervention programmes, including comparative studies of home and school based treatments; a randomized control trial of the Picture Excahnage Communication System (PECS), longer term studies of the impact of early interventions, and the impact of specialist employment programmes for high functioning individuals with autism/Asperger syndrome. Other research has involved studies of the trajectories from child-adulthood in individuals with adulthood autism, Williams syndrome, developmental language disorders and Fragile X.

Current or recently completed collaborative research projects include a long-term follow-up of adults with autism (with Professor Rutter and colleagues); a study of 5-HT tryptophan depletion in autism and fMRI (With Professor D Murphy and colleagues) assessment of educational progress by children with autism attending London schools and a randomised control trial of the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System for children with autism (Professor Tony Charman UCL); a study of autobiographical memory in adults with autism and Asperger syndrome (Dr Goddard, Goldsmiths). Other studies include the assessment of autistic features in individuals with Cohen syndrome and a follow-up of young men with Fragile X ( with Professor Turk, SGUL); the effects of sexual abuse on individuals with learning disabilities (with Professor Hollins, SGUL); a cost benefit analysis of specialist supported employment projects for people with autism; an comparative evaluation of early intensive interventions for young children with autism; a long-term follow-up of adults with Williams syndrome.

publications

Recent publications, 2004-2006
Howlin P. Goode, S Hutton, J, Rutter, M. (2004 ) Adult outcomes for children with autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 45, 212-229
Howlin P & Karpf J (2004) Using the Social Communication Questionnaire to identify autistic spectrum disorders associated with other genetic conditions- findings from a study of individuals with Cohen Syndrome Autism:8, 175-182
Charman, T, Howlin, P., Berry, B. and Prince, E (2004) Measuring developmental progress of children with autistic spectrum disorder on school entry using parental report. Autism 8, 89-100
Howlin P (2004Longer term educational and employment outcomes In M Prior (Ed) Learning and Behavior Problems in Asperger syndrome Guildford: New York
Howlin P (2004) Strumenti di assessment per la syndrome di Asperger. Noos: Aggioramenti in Psychiatria, 9 299-316
Howlin P ( 2004 ) Autism and Asperger syndrome- Preparing for Adulthood. London: Routledge
Howlin P, Karpf J, Turk J.(2004) Behavioural characteristics and autistic features in individuals with Cohen Syndrome European Child and adolescent Psychiatry, In press
Howlin P. & Fombonne E (eds) (2004) Advances in Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders. Vol 18. Seiwa Shoten Publishers Tokyo.
Howlin, P (2004)Interventions for individuals with autism: transition to adulthood. J Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies. 4 223-232
Alcock J & Howlin P. (2004) A pilot evaluation of a specialized multidisciplinary arts project for children with autism and Asperger syndrome . Published by the Royal Opera House & Turtle Opera
Carra G & Howlin P (2004) Trattamenti efficaci per il disturbo autistico in eta adulta. Noos: Aggioramenti in Psychiatria, 9 329-340
Karpf, J., Turk, J. & Howlin P (2004) Cognitive, language and adaptive behaviour profiles in individuals with a diagnosis of Cohen syndrome. Clinical Genetics 65; 1-6
Howlin, P; Karpf, J; Turk, J (2005) Behavioural characteristics and autistic features in individuals with Cohen syndrome. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 14 57-64
Howlin P. (2005) Outcome in Autism and Asperger syndrome (2005) In Volkmar, et al., Handbook of Autism and Asperger Syndrome, New York, Wiley.
Howlin, P., Alcock. J., Burkin, C. (2005) An eight year follow-up of a supported employment service for high ability adults with autism or Asperger syndrome Autism: 9, 533-549
Howlin P. (2005) The effectiveness of interventions for children with autism J. Neural Transmission.Supplement 69, 101-119
Howlin P, Udwin O. (2006) Outcome in adult life for people with Williams syndrome – results from a survey of 239 families. J Intellectual Disability Research, 50, 151-160
Goddard, L., Howlin, P., Dristchel B., Patel, T . Autobiographical memory and social problem solving in Asperger syndrome J. Autism & Developmental Disorders.
Howlin, P (2006) Augmentative and alternative communication systems for children with autism. In T Charman & W Stone, (Eds) Social & Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders (pp 236-266)New York: Guilford Press
In Press
Howlin, P. (2006) Evaluating interventions for children with autism and intellectual disabilities In M Hoades, (Ed) Cambridge Handbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry Cambridge: Cambridge Unversity Press.
Howlin, P. (2006) Autism Spectrum Disorders. Psychiatry

last updated: Friday, October 12, 2007