PhD student Supriya Malik, from the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, was awarded the Pat Howlin Prize at the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes International Scientific Symposium held at University College London in September.
Supriya's research, supervised by Dr Joe McCleery and Professor Chris Oliver, has evaluated Reciprocal Imitation Training as an early intervention strategy for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Supriya responded to a call for abstracts to present at the Society for Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP) International Symposium which was held in London (4-5 September 2015). She submitted an abstract of her main PhD study and applied for the Pat Howlin prize, which is open to early career researchers, including PhD students and junior post-doctoral researchers. The specific criteria for selection include an intervention or treatment-based study which directly links to difficulties in neurodevelopmental disorders.
As part of the award Supriya was invited to give an oral presentation. She also received an award of £100 and her registration to the conference was paid for.