Academic and Research Staff
Founder and Director of OTARC
Dr Lauren Lawson
CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Senior Research Fellow (ASELCC & OTARC)
Principal Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Rachel Jellett
Research Officer - CRC Biobank
Erin Beattie (NS)
Megan Grant (KH)
Scott Wakeling (KH)
Ensu Sahin (DH)
Mobile App Marketing Officer
Dr Nancy Sadka
Research Officer - Early Years
- 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
- 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.
- 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.