Professor Andrew Pickles elected to the British Academy

 Professor Andrew Pickles and the BA logo

Professor Andrew Pickles, BRC Bioinformatics and Statistics Theme Lead has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the humanities and social sciences.

Announcing the 2020 fellowships, British Academy president Professor Julia Black declared that she believes this will be the decade of humanities and social sciences, which have the power to shape a brighter and more prosperous future.

86 distinguished scholars with a diverse range of specialisms have been elected to the prestigious fellowship this year, including 52 new UK-based Fellows, 30 overseas academics joining the Corresponding Fellowship and four new Honorary Fellows. Professor Pickles and Professor Rose join a community of over 1,400 leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Andrew's Career

Professor Andrew Pickles career has spanned natural, social and medical sciences in universities in the UK and US.

His research in the field of mental health and neurodevelopment, was strongly influenced by working in Michael Rutter’s MRC Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry from 1986 to 1998. This gave rise to long-term collaborations with leading scientists focusing largely on children, particularly those with autism. Professor Pickles returned to King's in 2010 as Head of Biostatistics and Director of KCL’s Clinical Trials Unit.

An important more recent shift has been towards the study of infants and early developmental signals and processes. Much of his methodological work has dealt with longitudinal models for developmental data and the many and varied impacts of measurement error and how these can be overcome.

Andrew is also a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator and a highly cited scientist.

"Statisticians often think that our contributions get overlooked, but recent events have brought us rather more to the fore. This particular recognition also emphasizes how interdisciplinary the work is that we do here at the IoPPN, which for me has been one of its pleasures."

- Professor Andrew Pickles, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. 

Other King's Fellows elected

Professor Nikolas Rose, of the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Centre for Society & Mental Health from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, was also elected Fellows of the British Academy.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Provost/Senior Vice President (Health) at King’s concludes:

"Andrew and Nik are outstanding scholars who have made a unique contribution to their field. King’s is proud to have such distinguished and world leading colleagues in humanities and social sciences who embody King’s ambition ‘to make the world a better place’."

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 4 Aug 2020, 15:32 PM

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