Associate Professor Amanda Richdale is Principal Research Fellow and a founding staff member at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), La Trobe University. Amanda’s specific interest is in developmental disorders with a particular research focus on sleep problems. Her research on sleep in autism has led the field, and is highly cited. More recently she has begun to focus on education and employment for older adolescents and adults with autism. Amanda works within Program 3 of the Autism CRC as Project Leader for the longitudinal study of school leavers with autism. She led a project on supporting transition and participation in tertiary education for people with autism funded by DHS (Vic) and is a member of the OTARC research team working with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Specialisterne, and the federal Departments of Human Services and Defence on the employment of adults with ASD.
Amanda is a psychologist (Educational & Developmental) and is experienced in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental disabilities, in particular autism. She translates her knowledge and expertise both on autism and on paediatric sleep through specialist teaching for undergraduate and post-graduate students, and seminars and workshops for parents, teachers and allied health professionals.
Amanda was Chair of the former Autism Victoria Professional Panel and co-founder of the Autism Victoria (now AMAZE) Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Group, receiving an Autism Victoria Creative Futures award in 2007. She was also a co-founder of the Australasian Autism Research Alliance, a member of the group of autism researchers who founded the Australasian Research Collaboration, and a member of the founding (interim) committee of the Australasian Society for Autism Research. Amanda is currently Chair of the EPIC Early Intervention Centre‘s Committee of Management and a committee member of the APS Interest Group Psychology of Intellectual Disability and Autism.