Supriya Malik

Supriya Malik

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Effects of Play-Based Behavioural Training on Brain Activity in Children with Autism

Supervisor: Professor Chris Oliver and Dr Joseph McCleery

Supriya has a keen interest in the field of autism and is involved with studying effectiveness of interventions for young children with autism. She is specifically interested in looking at impact of interventions on both behavioral and brain functioning.


BA (Hons) Psychology
MSc Developmental Psychology


Supriya Malik earned her BA (Hons) in Psychology from University of Delhi, India, and her MSc in Developmental Psychology from Lancaster University, UK. She has trained in several clinical and educational settings and has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Learning Disability etc. both in Delhi and London. She has 5 years of experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and has keen interest in interventions for children with autism. She conducted her postgraduate research on pretend play in children with autism. Presently, she is studying effects of play-based intervention on brain and behavioural functioning in young children with autism.


Research interests

Autism, Intervention, Joint Attention, Social Engagement, Neuroscience

Other activities

Relationship Development Intervention® Certified Consultant


Hobson, J. A., Hobson, R. P., Malik, S., Bargiota, K. and Caló, S. (2012), The relation between social engagement and pretend play in autism. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.2012.02083.x