Related conditions

Sleep difficulties and anxiety commonly occur in children and adults with autism and they can negatively affect learning, behaviour and family wellbeing. In adults these conditions impact everyday functioning in the community and workplace. 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 overseas.


Professor Amanda Richdale


Current studies

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Relationship between intellectual ability, anxiety and sleep problems in adults on the autism spectrum.
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale & Pura Ballester Navarro
  4. Intervention for insomnia in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale, Eric Morris, Lauren Lawson
    Funding: Building Healthy Communities RFA grant
  5. Psychological Inflexibility & Sleep: An Investigation of Contributing Inflexibility Processes and Mediating Factors
    Researchers: Eric Morris, Amanda Richdale, Lisa Purcell (honours student)
    Funding: La Trobe University
  6. An investigation of interoceptive ability in adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Researchers: Tania Pietrzak, Amanda Richdale, Maddy Russell-Maynard (honours student)
    Funding: La Trobe University
  7. Influence of autism symptoms and transdiagnostic factors on anxiety, depression and insomnia in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale, Lauren Lawson, Alexa Jordan Chalmers