Partnerships and collaborations

Research collaborators

Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) is the world's first national, cooperative research effort focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). OTARC is one of 12 Essential Participants, with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake and Associate Professor Amanda Richdale being two of eight program leaders. Read more.

La Trobe University

  • Professor Tim Bartram, La Trobe Business School
  • Professor Edith Bavin, School of Psychology and Public Health
  • Dr Alana Hulme Chambers, La Trobe Rural Health School
  • Dr Philippe Chouinard, School of Psychology and Public Health http://www.latrobe.edu.au/psychology/research/research-areas/cognitive-and-developmental-psychology/the-psychology-of-seeing-in-autism
  • Ms Agnes Hazi, School of Psychology and Public Health
  • Professor Teresa Iacono, Head of La Trobe Rural Health School
  • Associate Professor Stephen Kent, School of Psychology and Public Health
  • Dr John Lesku, School of Life Sciences
  • Associate Professor Seng Loke, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Dr Peter Sivey, La Trobe Business School
  • Dr Jennifer Spoor, La Trobe Business School
  • Dr Torab Torabi, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Victoria

  • Dr Angelika Anderson, Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • Associate Professor Lesley Bretherton, School of Psychological Science, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Minh Bui, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Jeffrey Craig, Early Life Epigenetics, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Susan Douglas, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Patricia Eadie, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital
  • Dr Diane Jacobs, School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University
  • Dr Jordy Kaufman, Swinburne Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Dr Izelle Labuschagne, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University
  • Associate Professor Neil McLachlan, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Dennis Moore, Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • Professor Sheena Reilly, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland.
  • Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Director of the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics, Deakin University
  • Dr Cathy Marraffa, Professor Katrina Williams and Professor Jill Sewell at the Royal Children's Hospital (Centre for Community Child Health and Department of Developmental Medicine)
  • Ms Karen McKinnon, Ms Chris Stocco and Ms Kathleen Franks, Autism Partnerships
  • Dr David Godler & Associate Professor Howard Slater, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The University of Melbourne

Australia - other states

  • Dr Jill Ashburner, Autism Queensland
  • Ms Kate Bowen, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney
  • Professor Neil Brewer, School of Psychology, Flinders University
  • Dr Debra Costley, Aspect NSW
  • Professor Valsamma Eapen, Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Torbjorn Falkmer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University
  • Dr Michael Gradisar, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Psychology, Flinders University
  • Dr Evan Kidd, Department of Psychology, The Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Alison Lane, School of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle
  • Professor Nick Lennox, Director, Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of QLD
  • Professor Murray Maybery, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor Simon Moss, Charles Darwin University
  • Dr Mark Nielsen, Department of Psychology, University of Queensland
  • Dr Jessica Paynter, AEIOU Foundation, Queensland
  • Associate Professor Melanie Porter, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University
  • Dr Lyndsay Quarmby, Centre for Rural Health (CRH), School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Michelle Short, Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia
  • Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff, School of Psychology, University of Queensland
  • Dr Lauren Taylor, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Leanne Togher, Senior National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • Professor Julian Trollor, Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health, Head, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Marleen Westerveld, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University
  • Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and University of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor Robyn Young, School of Psychology, Flinders University, SA
  • Autism Specific Early Learning and Child Care National Clinical Evaluation Group, includes  researchers from University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Flinders University, Curtin University, and the University of Tasmania
  • Parenting Research Centre and the Raising Children Network
  • Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), including Dr Julie Kos
  • Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)

International

  • Dr Rachael Bedford, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK
  • Dr Sander Begeer, Developmental Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr Eric Butter, Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Dr Sarah Carrington, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Professor Tony Charman, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK
  • Dr Kate Ellis-Davies, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Mayada Elsabbagh, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Professor David Evans, Department of Psychology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA
  • Professor Jonathan Green, School of Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr Teodora Gliga, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Dr Robert Hepach, Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
  • Professor Pat Howlin, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK
  • Professor Mark Johnson, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, London, UK
  • Dr Emily Jones, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London, UK
  • Dr Terry Katz, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, USA
  • Professor Emiko Kezuka, Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Japan
  • Associate Professor Hiroshi Miyauchi, Takasaki University of Health and Welfare, Japan
  • Dr Midori Okuno, Gunma Paz College, Japan
  • Dr Elizabeth Kryszak, Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Dr Joanna Kwasiborska-Dudek, Department of Speech Therapy, Academy of Special Education, Warsaw, Poland
  • Professor Ann Le Couteur, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK
  • Professor Sue Leekam, Chair of Autism Research, The Wales Autism Research Centre, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Gongsiu Liu, Director of Child Health, Tiangin Women and Children's Health Centre, Tiangin, China
  • Dr Iliana Magiati, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Professor Beth Malow, Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
  • Professor Helen McConachie, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK
  • Professor James A. Mulick, Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Professor Filippo Muratori, Scientific Institute Stella Maris, University of Pisa, Calambrone, Italy
  • Dr Greg Pasco, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK
  • Professor Andrew Pickles, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK
  • Professor Sally Rogers, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis in Sacramento, USA
  • Dr Atsushi Senju, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London, UK
  • Professor Kimberley Schreck, School of Behavioral Sciences & Education, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburgh, USA
  • Dr Vicky Slonims, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
  • Associate Professor Mikle South, Emotion and Decision Making Laboratory, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
  • Professor Elizabeth Starr, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, Ontario Canada
  • Dr Ming Wai Wan, School of Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
  • Associate Professor Chongying Wang, Director of the Center for Behavioural Science, Medical School, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • Dr Jonathan Wilkins, Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Dr Kent Williams, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Autism Treatment Network, USA

Industry/Service partners

Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is the world's leading CRM (Customer Relations Management) provider. Through its philanthropic arm OTARC has been the beneficiary of:

  • donated and significantly price-reduced licences to a range of platforms;
  • donated time by a team of 11 engineers and developers across four continents to help building ASDetect, which is a mobile app to help parents identity whether or not their child is at risk of developing autism;
  • $215,000.00 to build a digital employment hub for adults with an ASD. This award was part of Salesforce.org Force for Change Grant Program. 136 organisations from around the world applied, 22 were shortlisted, with 8 making it through to the finals. OTARC was the only Australian finalist.
Specialisterne Australia, Hewlett-Packard Australia, Department of Human Services

Specialisterne originated as a Swedish company dedicated to support and train adults with Autism to find meaningful and productive jobs in established industries. Specialisterne Australia was established in 2014 and in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Australia and the Department of Human Services commenced "The Dandelion Program" to provide skilled employment for people with Autism in Australia. In a world first, OTARC has signed a research partnership with Specialisterne Australia, Hewlett Packard Australia and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to seek to understand how having a job impacts the lives of those with ASD. Read More

Department of Social Services