Information for students

OTARC is training the next generation of outstanding autism scientists.

We support research students at the following levels:

  • Honours students
  • Masters students
  • Doctoral students
  • PhD students

OTARC does not accept direct applications for study. If you wish to study with OTARC, you must first apply and be accepted by La Trobe University.

Honours in Psychology Higher Degree by Research

Placement students

OTARC researchers have offered placements for undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds (psychology, public health, media studies).

Student Placement Policy

Sylvia Walton Honours Scholarship

We have developed a pathway for autistic students to study at La Trobe University through the Sylvia Walton Honours Scholarship. This provides financial support for two autistic psychology students per year undertaking their Honours year within OTARC.

Scholarship details

Understanding and support for autism (PSY3ASD)

This Australia-first undergraduate subject has been running every second year since 2013 and is open to all enrolled La Trobe students. The subject uses a developmental psychopathology approach to provide a broad perspective on autism. Several OTARC researchers teach into this subject, which is coordinated by Associate Professor Kristelle Hudry.

2022 Handbook

  • Early autism phenotype
  • Emerging signs of autism in infancy and toddlerhood
  • Learning needs of children on the spectrum
  • Support needs for mental health and co-occurring conditions
  • Unpacking heterogeneity in autism: the spectrum and subtypes
  • Ethical considerations and
  • International perspectives on autism research