The team

Academic and Research Staff

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Founder and Director of OTARC

JosieDr Josephine Barbaro

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


DarrenDr Darren Hedley

Research Fellow

LaurenDr Lauren Lawson

CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kristelle Hudry Dr Kristelle Hudry

Senior Research Fellow (ASELCC & OTARC)

Amanda RichdaleAssociate Professor Amanda Richdale

Principal Research Fellow

Maya Yaari

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Simon Bury

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Staff PhotoDr Rachel Jellett

Research Officer

Melanie MuniandyMelanie Muniandy

Research Officer - CRC Biobank

Alex Haschek

Research Officer

Research Assistants

Erin Beattie (NS)

Megan Grant (KH)

Scott Wakeling (KH)

Ensu Sahin (DH)

Administrative staff

AlexAlexandra Aulich

Laboratory Manager

MelMelinda Denham

Communications Officer

Mick Mick Leahy

Mobile App Marketing Officer

NancyDr Nancy Sadka

Research Officer - Early Years

Doug Scobie

Manager

Margaret Laughton

Administrative Officer

Students

PhD candidates

  • Ru Ying Cai - Painting a picture: Profiles of school leavers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supervisors: Associate Professor Amanda Richdale and Professor Cheryl Dissanayake.
  • Lacey Chetcuti - Temperament among infants showing early signs of ASD. Supervisors: Dr Kristelle Hudry and Dr Mirko Uljarević.
  • Hiroko Kawashima - Promotion of early identification of ASD in rural Japan. Supervisors: Professor Cheryl Dissanayake and Dr Darren Hedley.
  • Eva Laurent -Cognitive profiles associated with STEM occupations in autism: Is there really an autism advantage? Supervisors: Associate Professor Amanda Richdale, Dr Darren Hedley and Professor Cheryl Dissanayake.
  • Joanne McIntyre - Superivsors: Dr Darren Hocking and Dr Darren Hedley
  • Katherine Natoli - Supervisor: Dr Kristelle Hudry
  • Stacey Rabba - Development and evaluation of a Family Support Program for newly diagnosed children with an ASD. Supervisors: Professor Cheryl Dissanayake and Dr Josephine Barbaro.
  • Rena Shrestha - Reducing the age of diagnosis of ASD in Nepal: SACS-N. Supervisors: Professor Cheryl Dissanayake and Dr Josephine Barbaro.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidates

Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology candidates

Master of Science candidates

  • Rachael Rankin
    Supervisor: Kristelle Hudry
  • Stefanie Dimov
    Language development and joint attention in infants showing early signs of ASD.
    Supervisors: Dr Kristelle Hudry and Professor Teresa Iacono

Master of Clinical Psychology candidates

  • Daniel Berends - ASD outcomes as a function of cognitive compensation. Supervisor: Dr Kristelle Hudry (Cathy Bent, co-supervisor)
  • Eliza Burnie - Supervisor: Dr Kristelle Hudry
  • Alexa Chalmers - Supervisor: Assoc Prof Amanda Richdale (Dr Lauren Lawson, co-supervisor)
  • Ashlee Hancock - Supervisor: Dr Josephine Barbaro

Honours in Psychological Science candidates

    • Grace Christou - Comparison of the Early Developmental Trajectories of Multiplex and Simplex Autism. supervisor: Prof Cheryl Dissanayake
    • Louise Dickens - The effects of disclosure on perceived employability of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. supervisor: Dr Rebecca Flower
    • Sanya Jovevska - Sleep problems in adolescents and adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder: examining gender and age-related differences. supervisor: Prof Amanda Richdale (Dr Lauren Lawson, co-supervisor)
    • Rosanna Pingitore - supervisor: Dr Tania Pietrzak
    • Ensu Sahin - Does mental and physical health influence independence in young people with ASD? - supervisor: Dr Lauren Lawson (Assoc Prof Amanda Richdale, co-supervisor)

Adjunct and honorary members

Honorary members

  • Professor Margot Prior - Inaugural Chair of the OTARC Advisory Committee, Honorary Research Professor at the University of Melbourne and the Patron of Autism Victoria.
  • Dr David Trembath - Senior Lecturer, Griffith University.
  • Dr Giacomo Vivanti - Assistant Professor, Early Detection & Intervention Program, Drexel University, USA.
  • Dr Cynthia Zierhut - MIND Institute, University of California, Davis in Sacramento, USA.
  • Dr Elfriede Ihsen - Research Fellow, La Trobe University.

Adjunct members

  • Dr Nusrat Yasmeen Ahmed - ASD Specialist and Director of the Hope Autism Center in Bangladesh.
  • Dr Naomi Bishop - Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University.
  • Mike Burnside - Principal Sales Engineer at Salesforce.com.
  • Dr Philippe Chouinard - Lecturer, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
  • Dr Matthew Hale - Lecturer, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
  • Dr Darren Hocking -  Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
  • Dr Yuan Gao - Independent Consultant, Beijing, China.
  • Amanda Golding - Amagol Consulting Services & Autism Noticeboard.
  • Dr Oriane Landry - Adjunct Associate Professor,School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
  • Dr Tania Pietrzak - Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.
  • Dr Lesley Stirling - Associate Professor, University of Melbourne.
  • Dr Mirko Uljarevic - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry, Stanford University, California, USA.