Many congratulations to Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology, who has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her work into language and communication impairment in developmental disorders including autism. The Royal Society citation states: Dorothy Bishop is the leading researcher on developmental disorders affecting language and communication. Her work has been foundational for the genetics of developmental disorders: she has been a pioneer in the use of twin data to reveal genetic contributions to language disorders, using theoretically motivated measures to refine the heritable phenotype. She has devised measures that differentiate types of language impairment and are now indispensable for both research and clinical diagnosis. By comparing and contrasting dyslexia, specific language impairment and autism, Bishop has challenged views of these as discrete conditions, and illuminated what is shared and distinctive about each disorder.
Dorothy has also been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society.