School of Psychology, University of Newcastle
Growing up with siblings who have Autism first sparked my interest in the field of Autism research. I'm now doing a PhD at the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute in order to further our understanding of Autism in infancy. For my PhD I research infant development, in particular I’m currently investigating how characteristics, such as a baby's risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder and a baby's temperament, can influence how mothers speak to their babies early on. I’m also interested in mother-infant interactions during early development, and how early differences in these interactions can influence development.
I have been working on different research projects over the past three years, doing various developmental assessments on young babies. I will be working on the Alert study carrying out the Autism assessments during appointments.