Rita is currently completing her PhD at Deakin University, where she is researching Sexuality and Gender-identity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), under the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. Prior to this, she completed her Honors in Psychology at the same University, during which time her thesis was on ASD and Artificial Reproduction. It was as this time that she grew interested in the field of autism even more. In addition to her research, Rita is a sessional academic at Deakin University. Prior to studying Psychology, Rita worked as a Pediatric Dental Surgeon in Dubai for 18 years, before leaving for Australia.