Autism research: an interview with Prof Fred R Volkmar

Fred R Volkmar is Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine and current editor of  the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  He is the author of several hundred scientific papers as well as a number of books on autism. Fred kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the XI Autism-Europe International Congress hosted by the National Autistic Society in 2016.

In this video he discusses autism research and how to involve autistic people more in setting the autism research agenda.

You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Download a PDF transcript of this interview

Individual question clips:

  1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?
  2. Can you tell us about your current work?
  3. Why is research key to improving the lives of autistic people, now and in the future?
  4. How has autism research changed since the condition was officially recognised in the [1980s?]
  5. How can autistic people be more involved in setting the agenda for autism research?
  6. What do you feel are the most important areas researchers in autism should be focusing on?

Date added: 8 March 2017