Dr Nicole Papadopulos is an Early Career Researcher at the Deakin Child Study Centre, Deakin University. In 2015, Nicole was the recipient of a Deakin University Faculty of Health Research Fellowship to pioneer the ‘Sleeping Sound Special Needs’ research program. Nicole has a long history of working with children with autism over the last decade as a researcher as well as clinically. In 2013, Nicole completed her PhD in autism under the supervision of Prof Nicole Rinehart at the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Monash University and her Masters of Clinical Psychology at the Australian Catholic University.

Nicole has published over 20 papers and book chapters on the topic of developmental disorders and received $623,069 in research funding. She has presented her research at 39 developmental psychology conferences over the past 5 years. She is the recipient of the Vice Chancellors Commendation for Best Doctoral Thesis for the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Best Doctoral thesis for the school of psychology, Monash University and the Emerging Researcher award for AMAZE in 2015.

Nicole works clinically as a psychologist, specialising in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and currently serves as the research adviser for VAC conference organising committee. She is passionate about creating inclusive environments to promote social and emotional outcomes for ALL children.

Read Nicole Papadopulos’ full session description on the VAC program here