Dr Mirko

Dr Mirko Uljarević

Postdoctoral 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




Research fellow

Area of study


Brief profile

After finishing studies in medicine in his hometown university (School of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia) Dr Uljarević moved to Cardiff to do complete his postgraduate degree (PhD), under the supervision of Professor Sue Leekam at the wonderful Wales Autism Research Centre. Dr Uljarević's PhD project investigated repetitive behaviours and how these behaviours are related to sensory problems and anxiety in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although ASD affects primarily individual who is on the spectrum, impact is also felt by families, in particular by parents. Dr Uljarević's PhD project also aimed to identify tindividual characteristic's of parents of individuals with ASD that might put them at increased risk for negative psychological outcomes. This work was been presented at the international conferences and published in international journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Molecular Autism, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities He is currently working as Autism CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow managing longitudinal study of school leavers with ASD. His research in the area of repetitive behaviours, anxiety, sensory problmens and parental mental health still continues in the current role, in colaboration with both Australian and international research groups. Other research interests include understanding the sources of variability that occurs between people with ASD, both in terms of core symptoms and associated or co-morbid problems, and particularly understanding the role of temperament, emotion regulation and intolerance of uncertainty as trans-diagnostic risk factors across various neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. He is interested in the nature of emotional competence in autism spectrum disorder i.e. how people with autism attend to and recognize emotions, the way they use emotional information to guide their behaviour and anticipate others’ responses and whether they have adequately developed emotional concepts.

Recent publications

  1. Leekam, S. R., Prior, M. R., & Uljarević, M. (2011). Restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders: A review of research in the last decade. Psychological Bulletin, 137(4), 562-593. (IF= 14.756)
  2. Uljarević, M., Prior, M.R., & Leekam, S.R. (2014). First evidence of sensory atypicality in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Molecular Autism, 5,26. (IF= 5.41)
  3. Uljarević, M.,& Hamilton, A. (2013). Recognition of emotions in autism: a formal meta-analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(7), 1517-26. (IF = 3.665)
  4. Uljarevic, M., Carrington, S., & Leekam, S. (2015). Brief Report: Effects of sensory sensitivity and intolerance of uncertainty on anxiety in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (online first). (IF = 3.665)
  5. Lidstone, J*., & Uljarević, M*[1]., Sullivan, J., Rodgers, J., McConachie, H., Freeston, M., Le Couteur, A., Prior, M., & Leekam S. (2013). Relations among restricted and repetitive behaviours, anxiety and sensory symptoms in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(2), 82-92.(IF= 2.7)
  6. Barrett, S. L., Uljarević, M., Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., Jones, C. R. G. & Leekam, S. R. (2015). The Adult Repetitive Behaviours Questionnaire – 2 (RBQ-2A): A self-report measure of restricted and repetitive behaviours. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3680-3692. (IF = 3.665)
  7. Nešić, M., Kostić, J., Uljarević, M., Ćirić, M., & Nešić, V. (2012). Relationship between empathy  and  cardiovascular  response to emotional movie scenes. Clinical Neurophysiology, 123(7), 82. (IF= 3.097)
  8. Nešić, M., Kostić, J., Uljarević, M.,  Čičević, S., & Nešić, V. (2012). Empathy  as  a  predictor  of  skin  conductance  response  to evocative movie  scenes. Clinical Neurophysiology, 123(7), 85. (IF= 3.097)
  9. Lidstone, J., Uljarevic, M., Kanaris, H., Mullis, J., Fasoli, L. and Leekam, S. R. (2014). Imitating the child with autism: A strategy for early intervention? Autism-Open Access, 4.