Professor Sir Michael Rutter CBE

Sir Michael was a long term supporter and Vice President of Afasic, he passed away peacefully at home and will be greatly missed by many people. Michael was regarded as the ‘father of Child Psychiatry’, paving the way for numerous developmental psychologists and psychiatrists around the world. He was credited with many breakthroughs within his field and his career laid the foundations of Child Psychiatry and Developmental Psychopathology. He published upwards of 400 empirical articles and 40 books, many of which have had a lasting impact on the understanding of child development.

“Professor Sir Michael Rutter was one of the most influential psychiatric scientists of his generation.” Professor Shitij Kapur, President and Principal King’s College London.

Professor James Law OBE

James was Professor of Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, a role he held since 2010 and was a long term supporter of Afasic.  James was one of the world’s leading researchers into child language development and disorders. He was tireless in his efforts to bring evidence-based practices to services for children with language difficulties across the UK and beyond.

“The sudden and unexpected death of Professor James Law is a profound loss to the whole profession. James was known and respected worldwide, and his contribution and commitment to research in child language development marked him out as a giant in the field of speech and language therapy.” RCSLT CEO Kamini Gadhok.

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