Terje Falck-Ytter

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Psychology, Uppsala University, and Senior Researcher, Karolinska
Institutet, Stockholm

Terje Falck-Ytter received his training in clinical psychology at Uppsala University (graduated
in 2005) and then did his Ph.D. (awarded in 2010) in Developmental Psychology at the same
university. Subsequently, he worked in parallel at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University,
developing an independent line of research. Falck-Ytter’s main research project aims to characterize
and understand the development of infants who are later diagnosed with neurodevelopmental
conditions, such as autism, adhd and language impairments. He is also leading longitudinal twin
studies of children and young infants, aiming to establish the contribution of genetic and environ-
mental factors to various developmentally informative measures early in life. Although Falck-Ytter’s
studies include many different brain and behavioral methods suited to young participants, his method-
ological specialty is gaze-tracking technology. Among other things, he has developed new ways of
assessing the gaze patterns of children “live” when they interact with other people, which he believes
is key to improving the ecological validity of research findings in this area.

Falck-Ytter is active in several European networks/projects that focus on autism and adhd from a
developmental perspective. He has received the Oscar Prize (2016, Uppsala University); LifeWatch
Award (2014, Niclas Öberg Foundation); and the Outstanding Young Researcher in Psychology
Award (2012, Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences). Falck-Ytter has published
his work in well-reputed scientific journals, such as Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications
and Current Biology.

As a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, he will continue his studies of infants at risk for neuro-developmental
conditions and his studies of infant twins.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2021-22.