EARLY CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

EARLY CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Professor of Psychiatry

University of California

Bio:

Dr. David Amaral is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California in the United States.  He joined the University of California, Davis in 1995 as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Neuroscience.  Dr. Amaral was the Beneto Foundation Chair founding Research Director of the MIND Institute from 1998 to 2018.

Dr. Amaral started the Autism Phenome Project in 2006 with the collaboration of numerous MIND Institute faculty and staff, and the project has become the largest, single-site, longitudinal analysis of young autistic children. In 2015, Dr. Amaral became Editor-in-Chief of Autism Research, the official journal of INSAR. He has published over 350 research articles that have been cited 83,000 times. He has co-edited three books. In 2019, Amaral was elected to the prestigious US National Academy of Medicine.

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Bio:

Dr. Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences, a past-President of the International Society for Autism Research and has received the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal and President’s Award, Experimental Psychology Society Prize, and Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. She is co-author/editor of two recent books – Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Debate (with Sue Fletcher-Watson), and Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives (with Barry Carpenter and Jo Egerton). In 2021 she was awarded a CBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II for services to the study of autism.

She is actively engaged in studies of abilities and assets in autism, and their relation to detail-focused cognitive style. Some of her recent work focuses on mental health on the autism spectrum, and under-researched groups including women and the elderly.

Professor of Special Education

Adelphi University, New York

Bio:

Nonverbal until the age of 4 years and diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies”, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalised care. However, with much support from his parents, teachers, his wife and others, Stephen went on to become a full time Professor at Adelphi University and Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His focus is on promoting the alignment of best practice to support autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. 
 
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on autism lifespan issues in relation to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. 
 
A current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organisation for Autism Research (OAR), the Boston Higashi School, President Emeritus of the Association for Autism and Neurodiversity, and Advisory Board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on the Boards of numerous other autism related organisations. 
 
Dr. Stephen Shore combines personal, practical, and academic experiences to promote fulfilling and productive lives for autistic, and otherwise neurodivergent individuals, as the rule rather than the exception. 

Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston

Bio:

Matthew Siegel, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, a Senior Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Clinical Enterprise for Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and Chief Behaviour Health Officer for Franciscan Children’s Hospital.  He attended Amherst College, Stanford Medical School and trained at Brown University in child psychiatry, psychiatry, and paediatrics. 

Dr. Siegel built an internationally recognised continuum of care, teaching and research to address the behavioural health of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities in Maine.  He founded and is the principal investigator of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC), and founded the first U.S. learning health network of hospital psychiatric units serving youth with developmental disabilities.  His research and clinical work have focused on better understanding the phenotypic profiles and clinical needs of youth with profound autism, intense behaviour and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.  He has led the creation of the Autism Inpatient Collection, a data resource of over 1500 deeply phenotyped and genetically sequenced participants, heavily weighted to those with profound autism and intense behaviour, available to investigators worldwide through SFARIBase.  Dr. Siegel is a federally appointed member of the National Institutes of Health Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and a lead author of the practice guidelines of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for assessment and treatment of youth with autism, and youth with intellectual disability. 

Professor of Psychiatry

University of California

Bio:

Dr. David Amaral is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California in the United States.  He joined the University of California, Davis in 1995 as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Neuroscience.  Dr. Amaral was the Beneto Foundation Chair founding Research Director of the MIND Institute from 1998 to 2018.

Dr. Amaral started the Autism Phenome Project in 2006 with the collaboration of numerous MIND Institute faculty and staff, and the project has become the largest, single-site, longitudinal analysis of young autistic children. In 2015, Dr. Amaral became Editor-in-Chief of Autism Research, the official journal of INSAR. He has published over 350 research articles that have been cited 83,000 times. He has co-edited three books. In 2019, Amaral was elected to the prestigious US National Academy of Medicine.

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Bio:

Dr. Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences, a past-President of the International Society for Autism Research and has received the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal and President’s Award, Experimental Psychology Society Prize, and Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. She is co-author/editor of two recent books – Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Debate (with Sue Fletcher-Watson), and Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives (with Barry Carpenter and Jo Egerton). In 2021 she was awarded a CBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II for services to the study of autism.

She is actively engaged in studies of abilities and assets in autism, and their relation to detail-focused cognitive style. Some of her recent work focuses on mental health on the autism spectrum, and under-researched groups including women and the elderly.

Professor of Special Education 

Adelphi University, New York

Bio:

Nonverbal until the age of 4 years and diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies”, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalised care. However, with much support from his parents, teachers, his wife and others, Stephen went on to become a full time Professor at Adelphi University and Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His focus is on promoting the alignment of best practice to support autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. 
 
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on autism lifespan issues in relation to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. 
 
A current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organisation for Autism Research (OAR), the Boston Higashi School, President Emeritus of the Association for Autism and Neurodiversity, and Advisory Board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on the Boards of numerous other autism related organisations. 
 
Dr. Stephen Shore combines personal, practical, and academic experiences to promote fulfilling and productive lives for autistic, and otherwise neurodivergent individuals, as the rule rather than the exception. 

Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston

Bio:

Matthew Siegel, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, a Senior Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Clinical Enterprise for Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and Chief Behaviour Health Officer for Franciscan Children’s Hospital.  He attended Amherst College, Stanford Medical School and trained at Brown University in child psychiatry, psychiatry, and paediatrics. 

Dr. Siegel built an internationally recognised continuum of care, teaching and research to address the behavioural health of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities in Maine.  He founded and is the principal investigator of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) and founded the first U.S. learning health network of hospital psychiatric units serving youth with developmental disabilities.  His research and clinical work have focused on better understanding the phenotypic profiles and clinical needs of youth with profound autism, intense behaviour and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.  He has led the creation of the Autism Inpatient Collection, a data resource of over 1500 deeply phenotyped and genetically sequenced participants, heavily weighted to those with profound autism and intense behaviour, available to investigators worldwide through SFARIBase.  Dr. Siegel is a federally appointed member of the National Institutes of Health Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and a lead author of the practice guidelines of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for assessment and treatment of youth with autism, and youth with intellectual disability. 

APAC 2025 PROGRAM

Welcoming an international audience, the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2025 will focus on fostering understanding, promoting research, improving education, driving innovation, creating opportunities and working collaboratively with Autistic people and their families to inspire the change we want to see.

APAC 2025 will feature an impressive and diverse line-up of Keynote Speakers who will be speaking on thought provoking topics related to our principal conference themes.

Between them, our Keynote Speakers combine a wealth of knowledge and lived experience and are considered to be among the elite in the field of Autism. Accolades include Fellowships, founding research projects, sitting on Boards, publishing articles and books and receiving royal recognition in the form of a CBE for services to the study of Autism. 

Keynote Speakers for APAC 2025 are:

  • Professor David Amaral
  • Professor Francesca Happé
  • Professor Stephen Shore

Full program coming soon.  

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