Portrait of Louise Malkin

Louise Malkin

Lecturer in Psychology
Member of the Ethics team

About

Louise is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology (Teaching and Scholarship) and qualified special education teacher. She has many years of experience teaching autistic children in specialist, mainstream and home settings.

Thesis title: The social use of language in autistic children

Research interests

Louise is interested in social communication, with a focus on pragmatic language development in autism. Her PhD research examines areas of strength and weakness in referential communication ability in autistic children and the cognitive abilities than underpin these skills. She is also particularly interested in the factors that contribute to conversational skill.

Supervision

Professional

Publications

  • Malkin, L., Abbot-Smith, K., Williams, D., & Ayling, J. (2018). When do children with Autism Spectrum Disorder take common ground into account during communication?. Autism Research, 11, 1366-1375. doi:10.1002/aur.2007
  • Malkin, L., Abbot-Smith, K., & Williams, D. (2018). Is verbal reference impaired in autism spectrum disorder? A systematic review. Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 3, 1-24. doi:10.1177/2396941518763166 

Manuscripts in preparation 

  • Malkin, L., & Abbot-Smith, K. (In prep). Flexing the description: the role of cognitive flexibility in referential choice in ASD. 

Conferences and workshop items

  • Malkin, L. & Abbot-Smith (2019). ‘Flexing the description’: explaining performance difficulties in how autistic children adapt referring expressions for listeners. In the 44th annual Boston University conference on language development. Boston University, MA, US.
  • Malkin, L., & Abbot-Smith, K. (2019). Flexing the description: the role of cognitive flexibility in referential choice in ASD. In Understanding of reference and referential pacts in typical and atypical development: Eastern Arc Workshop. University of Kent, UK.
  • Malkin, L., Abbot-Smith, K., Williams, D., & Ayling, J. (2017). Children with autism spectrum disorder use common ground to comprehend ambiguous requests. In 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language. Lyon, France.
  • Malkin, L., Abbot-Smith, K., Williams, D., & Ayling, J. (2017). When do children with Autism Spectrum Disorder take common ground into account during communication? In 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language. Lyon, France. Retrieved from http://iascl2017.org/
  • Malkin, L., Abbot-Smith, K., Williams, D., & Ayling, J. (2016). When do children with Autism Spectrum Disorder take common ground into account during communication? In Neurodevelopmental Seminar UCL. London, UK.
  • Malkin, L. (2012). Reduction of Self-Injurious Behaviour through the Introduction of The Picture Exchange Communication System. Communication Matters Conference. University of Leicester. UK. 
  • Malkin, L. (2009). The Effectiveness of The Picture Exchange Communication System. Autism Today Conference. Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. UK.

Funding

Research Scholarship (PhD) in Developmental Psychology 2015

Grants and Awards

TBC

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