Related conditions

Related conditions

Research projects

OTARC research

Sleep difficulties and anxiety commonly occur in children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and they can negatively affect children's learning and behaviour and have a negative impact on family wellbeing. In adults these conditions impact on their everyday functioning in the community and work place. In our research projects we aim to develop a better understanding of these conditions, which ultimately will contribute to the development of better treatment methods both in Australia and in other cultures.

Current studies

  1. Exploring the presentation and experience of anxiety in individuals with Autism in their transition from high school to adulthood: A qualitative study.
    Andrew Halim, Amanda Richdale, Mirko Uljarević
    Funding: School of Psychology and Public Health
  2. Serotonergic systems, anxiety and insomnia in a mouse model of Autism.
    Matthew Hale (School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University), John Lesku (School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University), Amanda Richdale, Stephen Kent (School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University), Cheryl Dissanayake
    La Trobe University Research Focus Area ‘Understanding Disease’ grant
  3. Typical and severe sleep problems and related behaviour in young children with ASD.
    Researchers: Stephanie Roussis, Amanda Richdale
  4. Cognitive profiles associated with STEM occupations in ASD: Characterising the ‘autism advantage’.
    Researchers: Eva Laurent, Amanda Richdale, Darren Hedley

    Funding: School of Psychology and Public Health
  5. Does circadian rhythm disturbance explain insomnia in adults with high-functioning Autism?
    Researchers: Emma Baker, Amanda Richdale, Agnes Hazi (School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University)
  6. Client aptitude for cognitive behaviour therapy: the development and evaluation of a new measure
    Researchers: Maria Lambrou, Amanda Richdale, Nick Kazantsis (Monash University)
  7. Relationship between intellectual ability, anxiety and sleep problems in adults on the autism spectrum.
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale & Pura Ballester Navarro
  8. Intervention for insomnia in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale, Eric Morris, Lauren Lawson
    Funding: Building Healthy Communities RFA grant