Understanding the outcomes, including their language, participation and quality of life, of children with autism

Project Details

Our goal is to help children, families, clinicians and the community better understand child development and which factors may contribute to the best possible outcomes. To do this we are exploring the outcomes for children with autism across a number of different studies and databases. This includes the Melton Developmental Differences Database and Longitudinal Investigation of Autism study which have both been established by the Autism Research Team. We have also commenced the Planning and Participation study which aims to understand the association between neuropsychological functioning and participation in social and community activities for young people with autism. We are also understanding the outcomes of children with autism via the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and the Living with Autism Cooperative Research Centre.


  • Professor Katrina Williams, APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine, Paediatrician and Public Health Physician
  • Dr Tamara May, Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Postdoctoral Fellow & Psychologist
  • Dr Kristine Egberts, Lorenso and Pamela Galli Postdoctoral Fellow in Systematic Reviews
  • Ms Amanda Brignell, Research Assistant & Speech Pathologist
  • Dr Felicity Klopper, Research Assistant & Neuropsychologist
  • Ms Francesca Lami, PhD student
  • Ms Charmaine Bernie, PhD student & Occupational Therapist
  • Dr Rebecca Mitchell, PhD student & Paediatrician
  • Ms Marijke Mitchell, PhD student enrolling for 2017 & Nurse


We collaborate with a range of different groups including those from the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) Melton, and the Living with Autism Cooperative Research Centre.


We are funded through the NHMRC, ARC and various philanthropic organisations.

Research Group

Autism Research Team

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

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