Dr Darren

Dr Darren Hedley

Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

Qualifications

BPysch Hons, MA Counselling Psych, PhD Flinders.

Role

Research fellow

Membership of professional associations

Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS, 169153), Member American Psychological Association (35057678), Member APA Division 33, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Member International Society for Autism (INSAR), Member Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)

Area of study

Psychology

Brief profile

Dr. Hedley completed his undergraduate (B. Psych, Hons) and postgraduate (Ph.D.) degrees at Flinders University, South Australia and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology in Mexico City through the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP).  Dr. Hedley’s research interests include employment in individuals with an ASD; face recognition and emotion processing; early assessment and diagnosis; and confidence-accuracy calibration in diagnostic decision making.  At OTARC he is researching the impact of employment on individuals with autism, with a focus on mental health (depression, anxiety).  This research receives funding from DXC Technology and the Australian Government Department of Human Services and Department of Defence.  Prior to joining OTARC, Dr. Hedley completed a postdoctoral specialisation in intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Child Development Center of Nationwide Children’s Hospital under the mentorship of Professor James A. Mulick.  He then relocated to Boston where he worked in the Facial Affective and Communicative Expressions (F.A.C.E.) lab at Emerson College in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  This research used motion capture, eye-tracking and bio-physiological measures to investigate how children with ASD integrate and produce verbal and nonverbal information, such as facial expressions and language.  Dr. Hedley has published work in referred journals including Autism, Autism Research, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, the American Journal of Family Therapy, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders; Neuropsychologia; Child Psychiatry and Human Development; Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice; Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; Australian Psychologist; New Media & Society.  He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 33, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR); and the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).

Teaching units

PSY3ASD Understanding and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders

Consulting

Early diagnosis and assessment of developmental disabilities. Supporting individuals with autism in employment.

Recent publications

Spoor, J. R., Hedley, D., & Bartram, T. (due 2018). Supporting meaningful employment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In S. Fielden, M. Moore, & G. Wright (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Disability at Work. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., Wilmot, M., Richdale, A., & Dissanayake, C. (2018). Understanding depression and thoughts of self-harm in autism: A potential mechanism Involving loneliness. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 46, 1-7. [Accepted, November 17, 2017]

Hedley, D. & Uljarević, M. (2018). Systematic review of suicide in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Current trends and implications. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 5. [Accepted, November 7, 2017]

Nuske, H. J., Hedley, D., Tseng, H. C., Begeer, S., & Dissanayake, C. (2017). Emotion regulation strategies in pre-schoolers with autism: Associations with parental quality of life and family functioning. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Special Issue: Parenting Children with ASD. (5 YR IF = 4.263) [Accepted, November 7, 2017]

Nevill, R., Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., Butter, E., & Mulick, J. A. (2017). Adaptive behavior profiles and subtypes in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 44, 53-66. (5 YR IF = 2.165) [Accepted, September 28, 2017]

Uljarević, M., Richdale, A., McConachie, H., Hedley, D., Cai, R., Merrick, H., Parr, J., & Le Couteour, A. (2017). The Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale: Factor structure and psychometric properties in older adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research. doi:10.1002/aur.1872. [Accepted August 26, 2017]

Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., Wilmot, M., Richdale, A., & Dissanayake, C. (2017). Social support, depression and suicidal ideation in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 3669-3677. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3274-2. [Accepted August 3, 2017]

Nevill, R., *Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., Sahin, E., Zadek, J., Butter, E., & Mulick, J. A. (2017). Language profiles in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A community sample using multiple assessment instruments. Autism. doi: 10.1177/1362361317726245. [Accepted July 24, 2017]

Nuske, H. J., Hedley, D., Woollacott, A., Thomson, P., Macari, S., & Dissanayake, C. (2017). Developmental delays in emotion regulation strategies in pre-schoolers with Autism. Autism Research, 10, 1808-1822. doi:10.1002/aur.1827. [Accepted May 23, 2017]

Uljarević, M., Hedley, D., Alvares, G. A., Varcin, K. J., & Whitehouse, A. J. O. (2017). Relationship between early motor milestones and severity of restricted and repetitive behaviours in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Research, 10, 1163-1168. doi:10.1002/aur.1763. [Accepted Jan 18, 2017]

Uljarević, M., Baranek, G., Vivanti, G., Hedley, D., Hudry, K., & Lane, A. (2017). Heterogeneity of sensory features in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A roadmap for future research. Autism Research, 10 ,703-710. doi:10.1002/aur.1747. [Accepted Dec 24, 2016]

Hedley, D., Cai, R., Uljarević, M., Wilmot, M., Spoor, J., Richdale, A., Dissanayake, C. (2017). Transition to Work: Perspectives from the Autism Spectrum. Autism. doi:10.1177/1362361316687697. [Accepted Dec 13, 2016]

Moss, S., Vemuri, R., Hedley, D., & Uljarević, M. (2017). Initiatives that diminish the biases of recruiters against people who disclose or demonstrate a diagnosed mental disorder. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 36, 2-16. doi:10.1108/EDI-05-2016-0037. [Accepted Nov 27, 2016]

Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., & Hedley, D. F. E. (2017). Employment and living with Autism: Personal, social and economic impact. In S. Halder & L. C. Assaf (Eds.), Inclusion, Disability and Culture: An Ethnographic Perspective Traversing Abilities and Challenges. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55224-8_19

Hedley, D., Uljarević, M., Cameron, L., Halder, S., Richdale, A., Dissanayake, C. (2017). Employment programs and interventions targeting adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review of the literature. Autism, 21, 929-941. doi: 10.1177/1362361316661855.

Hedley, D., Nevill, R., Uljarević, M., Butter, E., & Mulick, J. A. (2016). ADOS-2 Toddler and Module 1 Standardized Severity Scores as Used by Community Practitioners. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32, 84-95. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2016.09.005.

Hedley, D., Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Spoor, J., & Uljarević, M. (2016). Long-term benefits of supported employment for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 679. doi: 10.1111/jir.12305

Hedley, D., Brewer, N., Nevill, R., Uljarević, M., Butter, E., & Mulick, J. A. (2016). The relationship between clinicians’ confidence and accuracy, and the influence of child characteristics, in the screening of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2340-2348. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2766-9.

Hedley, D. (2016). New rapid autism screening test. [Peer commentary on “A new interactive screening test for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Toddlers” by R. Choueiri & S. Wagner]. The Journal of Pediatrics: Current Best Evidence, 168, 255-256. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.075

Guha, T., Yang, Z., Ramakrishna, A., Grossman, R., Hedley, D., Lee, S., & Narayanan, S. (2015, April). On quantifying facial expression-related atypicality of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), IEEE International Conference on (pp. 803-807). doi: 10.1109/ICASSP.2015.7178080

Hedley, D., Nevill, R. E., Monroy Moreno, Y., Fields, N., Wilkins, J., Butter, E., & Mulick, J. A. (2015). Efficacy of the ADEC in identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder in clinically referred toddlers in the US. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2337-2348. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2398-5

Hedley, D., Brewer, N., & Young, R. (2015). The effect of inversion on face recognition in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 1368-1379. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2297-1

Miller-Lewis, L. R., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Baghurst P. A., & Hedley, D. (2013). Resource factors for mental health resilience in early childhood: An analysis with multiple methodologies. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 7, 1-23. doi: 10.1186/1753-2000-7-6.

Hedley, D., Young, R., & Brewer, N. (2012). Using eye movements as an index of implicit face recognition in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 5, 363-379. doi: 10.1002/aur.1246.

Young, R., Brewer, N., & Hedley, D. (2012). Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Criminals in waiting? Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Research. New York: Nova Publishing.

Hedley, D., Brewer, N., & Young, R. (2011). Face recognition performance of individuals with Asperger Syndrome on the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Autism Research, 4, 449-455. doi: 10.1002/aur.214.

Hedley, D., Young, R., Juarez Gallegos, M.A., & Marcin Salazar, C. (2010). Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Autism, 14, 93-112. doi: 10.1177/1362361309347676

Seidel, A., & Hedley, D. (2008). The impact of solution-focused brief therapy with older adults in Mexico. American Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 230-240. doi: 10.1080/01926180701291279

Hedley, D., & Young, R. (2006). Social comparison processes and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. Autism, 10, 137-151. doi: 10.1177/1362361306062020.

Research projects

1. DXC Technology/Australian Government Department of Human Services/Australian Government Department of Defence. Successful employment outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dissanayake, C., Hedley, D., Richdale, A., Uljaravic, M, Spoor, J., Bartram, T., & Moss, S.

2. Emotional Reactivity and Regulation (EMORE) in Toddlers and Preschoolers. Nuske, H., Hedley, D., Dissanayake, C., Vivanti, G.

3. Confidence-Accuracy and Diagnostic Decision Making in Autism Spectrum DisorderHedley, D., Brewer, N., Nevill, R., Butter, E., & Mulick, J.

4. Neurodevelopmental Profiles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delays. Hedley, D., Nevill, R., Uljarevic, M., Butter, E., & Mulick, J.