Webchat with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: 26 April 2017

We are delighted to announce the second of our series of four webchats with leading autism experts from around the world. In our second, FREE one hour webchat, sponsored by Axcis Education, we are privileged to welcome the world-renowned developmental psychologist, author and researcher, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

Simon is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge funded by Autism Research Trust. This exclusive webchat taking place on the 26 April at 4pm BST is a fantastic opportunity to ask one of the worlds leading autism experts your autism questions.  

You can register your interest and receive an email reminder about the upcoming event below. If you aren't able to make to webchat on the day then you can email your questions to, tweet them to @networkautism using the hashtag #autismchat or post them below in the comments section below. There will be a full archive of the webchat to review on this webpage after the event.

When the webchat goes live at 4pm BST 26 April the below reminder section will open into a discussion window where you will be able to post your questions for Professor Baron-Cohen. 

Live Blog Webchat with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: 30 March 2017
Live Blog Webchat with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: 30 March 2017

More about Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is 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.

He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. He has edited scholarly anthologies including Understanding Other Minds, Synaesthesia, and The Maladapted Mind. He has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards. He is author of >450 scientific articles. He has supervised 32 PhD students.

In 1985 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.

In 1999 Baron-Cohen created the first UK clinic for adults with suspected Asperger Syndrome, called the CLASS clinic (Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service), at a time when the National Health Service (NHS) did not see the clinical need for this. This has helped over 1,000 patients to have their disability recognized, the “lost generation” of adults who had missed out on diagnosis in childhood, and has been used to create a model for similar clinical services all over the UK.