Terje Falck-Ytter

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Associate Professor (docent), Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, and
Department of Women's and Children's Health, 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 neuro-
developmental 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 environmental 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 methodological 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 following prizes: 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, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Developmental Scienc
e, and Child
Development.


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

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.