Margot Prior

Professor Margot Prior (1937-2020) published the first Australian paper on autism in 1973 and became the first female Professor of Clinical Psychology in Australia in 1989. She founded the Learning Difficulties Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital and was a co-founder of the Victorian Parenting Centre (now the Parenting Research Centre). From 2002 onward she was an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Before finding her calling in psychology Margot had a storied career as an orchestral musician after receiving degrees in arts and music at the University of Melbourne.