This award, named after Robin Tavistock, the 14th Duke of Bedford who founded The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, is presented annually to a person, or group, who has made a significant contribution in the field of Aphasia.
Chris Code has made an exceptional contribution in raising the profile, awareness and understanding of Aphasia. Early on in his career, Chris was a Regional Development Advisor with Speakability. He is now a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Sydney (Hon), and visiting professor at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
We are delighted that happily Chris has continued to work with Speakability as a Professional Advisor to the Charity, which he does on a voluntary basis. He is also a Patron of AphasiaNow (www.aphasianow.org). For his generous contribution over many years, Speakability is most grateful.
It is particularly for his role as co-founder in 1987 and Editor in Chief to this day, of Aphasiology, that the TTA recognises Chris Code's extraordinary contribution. To quote Clinical Aphasiology: "Professor Code has made a galvanising impact on the field: as a savant, a motivator and an impresario of trends which have resulted in several significant developments in the field."
Chris Code has dedicated a huge part of his life to furthering the understanding of the issues that surround Aphasia. In 2007 the degree to which he is respected by his peers was made evident when Clinical Aphasiology, Future Directions – a festschrift for Chris Code, edited by Ball and Damico, was published. "A true testimony to Chris Code's three decades at the heart of Aphasia research; this is a fitting tribute from the aphasiology community to the substantial influence that Chris has had on the field of clinical aphasiology…" Anne Whitworth, University of Newcastle, UK.