I joined the School of Psychological Science, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre in April 2009 after an honorary appointment from mid-2008. I was previously Associate Professor in Psychology at RMIT University. I have taught in a range of areas in Psychology, but primarily in Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychology and Child Psychopathology, including specialist teaching in autism spectrum disorders and children’s sleep.
I have experience in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental disabilities, in particular autism spectrum disorders and specific learning difficulties. My research interests are in autism spectrum disorders, specific learning difficulties and developmental disorders, and children’s sleep. I have recently completed a research project funded by DHS (Vic) investigating supports for tertiary education students with an autism spectrum disorder, and completed a project funded by Australian Wool Innovation on bedding and sleep in 2 to 5 year old children. I work on projects related to sleep in autism spectrum disorders, and social skills and friendships in autism spectrum disorders, primarily with Honours and Post-graduate students. I will be continuing work on older adolescents and adults with ASD within the new Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder CRC www.autismcrc.com.au