Professor Rita R. Jordan Bsc. QTS. Msc. MA. PhD. C.Psychol. OBE
Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies: Autism Centre for Education & Research, The School of Education, The University of Birmingham, UK
After a Psychology degree, Rita taught in mainstream & special schools, including 9 years as Deputy Principal for a school for ASD. She has an MSc: Child Development and MA : Linguistics and has qualified Teacher Status. She has taught in HE on special needs, language development, clinical linguistics, education, and cognitive science (all at the University of Hertfordshire). Her doctorate was on pronouns in autism. From 1993, she developed and run a range of professional development programmes in autism studies at The University of Birmingham, including a web-based one. She has written about and researched many aspects of autism and has been involved in training events, consultations and conferences all over the world. She established 2 journals in autism and co-edited one (Autism: the International Journal of Research & Practice) for 11 years. She has been on the editorial board of 4 journals (and remains on 3). She has served on national and international task forces and working parties to review evidence and offer advice in relation to ASD. She lectures and trains at conferences and training events nationally & internationally (Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden). From 2003 to 2006 she was the Consultant to the Expert Committee on Autism for the Council of Europe. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for her services to special needs education.