Welcome to the web log in memory of Dr. Eric Schopler (1927-2006), a professor of psychiatry and psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill for more than 40 years and a pioneer in the humane and effective treatment of autism. In an era when parents were blamed for causing what was felt to be a psychological problem, Eric was one of the first to use empirical research to establish the true, neurological basis of autism and its effective treatment--treatment that included parents as co-therapists. His methods have been studied and adopted by autism programs around the world, bringing hope and brighter futures to thousands of families in dozens of countries. In the process, hundreds of people have come to know and admire him and have been privileged to call him "friend." This web log is dedicated to sharing and preserving the memories that these friends, family and colleagues have of this truly unique and great man.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


1972 - Gold Achievement Award for the Child Research Project, presented by the American Psychiatric Association.

1985 - O. Max Gardner Award, presented by the University of North Carolina for making the greatest contribution to human welfare.

1985 - Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service Award, presented by the American Psychological Association.

1988 - Eugene A. Hargrove Mental Health Research Award, presented by the N.C. Foundation for Health Research.

1989 - Search for Excellence Award for Community-Based Work Services, presented by the J.M. Foundation.

1993 - North Carolina Award, for notable accomplishments by a North Carolina citizen in the fields of scholarship, research, the fine arts, and public leadership. (The highest honor the state can bestow.)

1995 - Prize for Excellence in Service to People with Autism, presented by the Eden Institute.

1997 - Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Knowledge and Service, given by the American Psychological Association.

1998 - Brinkgreven Hospital Workshop Building named in honor of Eric Schopler, in Brinkgreven, the Netherlands.

2005 - Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Autism Society of North Carolina.

2005 - The Eric Schopler Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Division TEACCH.

2006 - Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by IMFAR.

2006 - Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology, presented by the American Psychological Foundation.


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