Position/s

Academic Staff
School of Psychology

Biography

Robyn Young's interest in autism began while studying savants as part of her PhD at the PDD clinic at Stanford University. Her PhD thesis was described by one of her examiners as the best thesis he had read in 25 years. This work became the subject of an ABC documentary titled Uncommon Genius. She went on to develop a screening tool for Autistic Disorder suitable for use in children as young as 12 months of age. This tool, known as the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC; ACER, 2007), clearly operationalises early behaviours indicative of autism. Together with colleagues at Flinders University she has developed an intervention program called SPECTRA (ACER, 2009).

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons.), Grad. Dip. Psych. Prac., Ph.D. (Adelaide)

Teaching interests

  • Autism
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Assessment
  • Atypical Development
  • Ethics

Topic Coordinator:

  • PSYC2022  Psychological Assessment and Measurement

Research expertise

  • Psychology

Research interests

Together with colleagues at Flinders University I have developed a screening tool that will identify Autistic characteristics in children as young as 12 months of age. This tool, the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) is now being published through the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER).Research teams in Mexico, China, the USA, Malaysia and Sweden are also investigating its use.  This research has led to the development of an Early Intervention Research Program (EIRP) based at Flinders University.  The EIRP uses behaviour analysis techniques to provide an intensive, individualised, intervention program. The activities developed in this program have led to the development of SPECTRA, a behavioural intervention package published by ACER. Other interests include savant syndrome, diagnostic issues surrounding Asperger syndrome and childhood trauma.

Supervisory interests

  • Autism
  • Savant syndrome
  • Sports psychology

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Autism (5) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Autism (4) ; Sport psychology (2) ;

Associate supervisor : Autism (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Darren Hedley
    Flinders Best Student Paper Award - February 2012
  • Clare Holmes
    Playford Young Citizen of the Year - January 2013

Publications

  • Young, R., Brewer, N. and Hedley, D. (2012). Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Criminals in waiting? In CE Richardson & RA Wood, ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Research. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 143-154.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L. (2005). Neurobiology of Savant Syndrome. In Con Stough, ed. The Neurobiology of Exceptionality. New York: Kluwer Academic / Plenum, pp. 199-215.
  • Young, R.L., Partington, C.A. and Goren, T. (2009). SPECTRA: structured program for early childhood therapists working with autism. Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press.
  • Young, R.L. (2007). Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) Manual. Camberwell, VIC, Australia: ACER Press.
  • Hiller, R., Weber, N. and Young, R. (2013). The validity and scalability of the Theory of Mind Scale for use with toddlers and pre-schoolers. 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research. San Sabastian, Spain. May 2013.
  • Hedley, D., Young, R. and Brewer, N. (2013). Eye-tracking and upright and inverted face recognition performance in adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Meeting for Autism Research. San Sebastian, Spain. May 2013.
  • Brewer, N. and Young, R. (2013). A-ToM: A new measure of theory of mind in adults. International Meeting for Autism Research. San Sebastian, Spain. May 2013.
  • Holmes, C. and Young, R. (2013). Autism in adulthood. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Aug 2013.
  • Young, R., Brewer, N., Angley, M., Giles, L. and Windsor, T. (2013). Identifying sub-types of responders to intervention in young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. International Meeting for Autism Research. San Sebastian, Spain. May 2013.
  • Holmes, C. and Young, R. (2013). The suitability of self-report measures for adult autism spectrum disorder diagnoses. 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research. San Sabastian, Spain. May 2013.
  • Nah, Y., Young, R., Brewer, N. and Berlingeri, G. (2013). Using the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) to screen for autism disorder. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Aug 2013.
  • Nah, Y.H., Young, R., Brewer, N. and Choimes, G. (2013). Validation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) As a Level 2 Screening Tool for Autistic Disorder. The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) Donostia / San Sebastián. May 2013.
  • Hiller, R., Weber, N. and Young, R. (2012). Gender differences in theory of mind and the association with social competence. In The Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Adelaide, Australia. The Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. Adelaide, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Hiller, R., Weber, N. and Young, R. (2012). The female advantage? The role of mental state talk, theory of mind, and social competence. In International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada. International Meeting for Autism Research. Toronto, Canada. May 2012.
  • Moffat, A. and Young, R. (2011). Investigating the effect of behavioural therapy on copying behaviours in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Implications for social development. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Perth, Australia. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Sep 2011.
  • Young, R. and McCormack, P. (2011). Prosody in Asperger Syndrome. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Perth, Australia. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Perth Australia. Sep 2011.
  • Young, R. (2011). Two year outcomes of an early intervention program for young children with Autism Disorder. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Perth, Australia. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Perth, Australia. Sep 2011.
  • Young, R. (2011). The presentation of Autism in infancy. In Association of Neonatal Nurses SA & C & N Project Conference, Marryatville, South Australia. Association of Neonatal Nurses SA & C & N Project Conference. Marryatville, South Australia. Oct 2011.
  • Sawyer, A., Williamson, P. and Young, R. (2011). Meta-cognitive processes in emotion recognition. Are they different for adults with Asperger's Syndrome? In Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Perth, Australia. Asia Pacific Autism Conference. Perth, Australia.
  • Nagesh, A., Brewer, N. and Young, R.L. (2010). Interviewing child witnesses: Children's ability to regulate output quanitity and accuracy. In 20th Conference of the European Asociation of Psychology and Law. 20th Conference of the European Asociation of Psychology and Law. Gothenburg, Sweden. Jun 2010.
  • Sawyer, A., Williamson, P.J., Young, R.L. and Sawyer, M. (2010). Can gaze avoidance explain why young people with Asperger's Syndrome have difficulty recognising emotions from faces? In American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. New York. Oct 2010.
  • Vast, R. and Young, R.L. (2010). Automacity and sport performance: Emotion, attentional focus and automatic skill execution. In 20th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law. 20th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law. Gothenburg, Sweden. Jun 2010.
  • Young, R.L. and Robson, D. (2010). The development of infants with an increased risk of autism. In Towards defining the pathophysiology of autistic behavior. Towards defining the pathophysiology of autistic behavior. Utah, USA. Apr 2010.
  • Young, R.L. (2010). Unlock the mystery of autism: Causes, diagnosis and treatment - A full overview. In World Autism Conference. World Autism Conference. Hong Kong. May 2010.
  • Young, R.L. (2010). Identifying children under the age of 2 years of age. In 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children. 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children. Athens, Greece. May 2010.
  • Williamson, P.J. and Young, R.L. (2010). An evaluation of the Early Intervention Research Program (EIRP) for children with autistic disorder at Flinders University, South Australia. In 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults and Children. 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults and Children. Athens, Greece. May 2010.
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J. and Brewer, N. (2010). Detecting autism in children under three years. In 3rd Congress of the Asean Regional Union of Psychological Societies. 3rd Congress of the Asean Regional Union of Psychological Societies. Kuala Lumpur. Oct 2010.
  • Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A. and Marcin-Salazar, C. (2009). Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Kasauskas, J.T., Young, R.L. and Williamson, P.J. (2009). The link between autistic behaviours and feeding and eating problems. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N. and Bradshaw, G.E. (2009). When does typical development become atypical? In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N. and Bradshaw, G.E. (2009). Early detection of autism in pre-verbal children. In 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research. 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research. Chicago, America. May 2009.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L., Baker, A.E.Z. and Angley, M. (2009). Making sense of sensory processing in autism : evidence for the existence of sensory subtypes. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Young, R.L. (2009). The development of autism in young pre-verbal children. In 16th Biennial AHDA Conference. 16th Biennial AHDA Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Jul 2000.
  • Young, R.L. (2009). Early identification and intervention for young children. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Young, R.L. (2009). An evaluation of the Early Intervention Research Program (EIRP) for children with Autistic Disorder (AD) at Flinders University in South Australia. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Gerber, J.P., Young, R.L., Abarno, D.V., McKinnon, R., et al. (2009). Does urinary indolyl-3-acryloylglycine (IAG) have potential to distinguish autism subtypes. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Vast, R., Young, R.L. and Thomas, P. (2009). The role of attention in the relationship between emotion and performance in sport. In 44th APS Annual Conference. 44th APS Annual Conference. Darwin, Australia. Sep 2009.
  • Vast, R., Young, R.L. and Thomas, P. (2009). Effect of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced sensorimotor skill. In Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC 09) Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC 09) Wollongong, NSW. Apr 2009.
    [Web Link]
  • Sawyer, A., Young, R.L. and Williamson, P.J. (2009). Understanding the eyes : face processing and emotion recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Asian Pacific Autism Conference. Asian Pacific Autism Conference. Sydney, NSW.
  • Robson, D. and Young, R.L. (2009). The development of infants with an increased risk of autism. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Main, P., Angley, M., Thomas, P., Young, R.L. and McKinnon, R. (2009). Towards individualised treatment of autism, understanding the folate/methionine pathway. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Moffat, A.K., Young, R.L. and Ridding, M. (2009). Using repetitive transcranial maganetic stimulation to influence imitation ability: Implications for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Nagesh, A., Brewer, N. and Young, R.L. (2009). Face recognition and metacognitive monitoring in individuals with Asperger's Disorder. In Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009. Sydney, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Nagesh, A., Brewer, N. and Young, R.L. (2009). Interviewing child witnesses : regulating output quantity and accuracy. In 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Kyoto, Japan.
  • Vast, R. and Young, R.L. (2008). Thoughts and cognitions surrounding the experience of emotions in sport: implications for concentration and performance. In 31st AACBT National Conference. 31st AACBT National Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J. and Hedley, D. (2007). Autism Detection in Early Childhood. In Autism 2007 - Third AWARES International Online Autism Conference. Autism 2007 - Third AWARES International Online Autism Conference. Nov 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Martins, Y. and Young, R.L. (2006). A comparison of eating and feeding behaviours in children with autism and typically developing children. In World Autism Congress. World Autism Congress. Cape Town, South Africa. Nov 2006.
  • Hedley, D. and Young, R.L. (2006). Socio-emotional development in adolescents with Asperger syndrome. In 1er Simposio Internacional, Desarrollo Integral y Resiliencia en la Adolescencia. 1er Simposio Internacional, Desarrollo Integral y Resiliencia en la Adolescencia. Mexico City. Nov 2006.
  • Hedley, D. and Young, R.L. (2006). Autistic Disorder: Early detection leading to early intervention. In 1er Congreso Internacional de Autismo: Diagnóstico, Tratamiento y Educación Integral. 1er Congreso Internacional de Autismo: Diagnóstico, Tratamiento y Educación Integral. Guanajuato, Mexico. May 2006.
  • Wong, Y.C., Young, R.L., Angley, M., McKinnon, R., Berryman, M.J. and Abarno, D.V. (2005). Discrimination of autistic children from healthy controls. In Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Melbourne, VIC. Dec 2005.
  • Wu, A., Young, R.L., Angley, M., McKinnon, R. and Chung, W.K. (2005). Children and Autism: Can the Pharmacist help? In Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Melbourne, VIC. Dec 2005.
  • Wu, A., Young, R.L., Angley, M., Petkov, J., Partington, C., Churches, O., et al. (2005). Establishing an Autism Database. In Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Melbourne, VIC. Dec 2005.
  • Lim, Y.Z., Young, R.L., Angley, M., Koronios, A., Xia, X.A. and Tait, P.A. (2005). Autism and Immunisation: Sifting myth from reality. In Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005. Melbourne, VIC. Dec 2005.
  • Young, R.L. and Brewer, N. (2001). Detecting Autism in Pre-Verbal Children. In Detecting Autism in Pre-Verbal Children. SA, Australia: Pelvin and Associates. Biennial National Autism Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2001.
  • Young, R.L. (2001). The Role of Memory in the Development and Representation of Savant-Type Skills. In Horan, A, ed. The Role of Memory in the Development and Representation of Savant-Type Skills. QLD, Australia: Australian Academic Press. Australian Psychological Society National Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2001.
  • Young, R.L. and Brewer, N. (2001). The detection of autism in young, pre-verbal children. In Biennial National Autism Conference. Biennial National Autism Conference. Adelaide, SA. Aug 2001.
  • Delinicolas, E.K. and Young, R.L. (2006). Does ability to engage in joint attention indicate autism severity? In Autism Safari: Proceedings of the 2nd World Autism Congress & Exhibition: Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cape Town, South Africa: World Autism Organisation. Autism Safari 2006. Cape Town, South Africa. Oct 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N. and Partington, C. (2006). The early detection of pre-verbal autistic characteristics using autism detection in early childhood (ADEC) In Session Chairperson-Lorna Jacklin, ed. Autism Safari: 2nd World Autism Congress & Exhibition: Autism Spectrum Disorder. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Autism Safari 2006. Cape Town, South Africa. Oct 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Nah, Y.H., Young, R., Brewer, N. and Berlingeri, G. (2014). Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC): Reliability and Validity Data for a Level 2 Screening Tool for Autistic Disorder. Psychological Assessment, 26(1) pp. 215-226.
    [10.1037/a0034472]
  • Nah, Y.H., Young, R. and Brewer, N. (2014). Using the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) and Childhood Autism Rating Scales (CARS) to Predict Long Term Outcomes in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,
    [10.1007/s10803-014-2102-1]
  • Sawyer, A., Williamson, P. and Young, R. (2014). Metacognitive processes in emotion recognition: Are they different in adults with Asperger's Disorder? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 pp. 1373-1382.
    [10.1007/s10803-013-1999-0]
  • Young, R.L. and Rodi, M.L. (2014). Redefining Autism Spectrum Disorder using DSM-5: The implications of the proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 pp. 758-765.
    [10.1007/s10803-013-1927-3]
  • Sawyer, A., Williamson, P. and Young, R. (2012). Can gaze avoidance explain why individuals with Asperger's Syndrome can't recognise emotions from facial expressions? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(4) pp. 606-618.
    [10.1007/s10803-011-1283-0] [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Young, R. and Brewer, N. (2012). Using eye movements as an index of implicit face recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 5(5) pp. 363-379.
    [10.1002/aur.1246] [Scopus]
  • Young, R. and Posselt, M. (2012). Using The Transporters DVD as a learning tool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(6) pp. 984-991.
    [10.1007/s10803-011-1328-4] [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Brewer, N. and Young, R. (2011). Face recognition performance of individuals with Asperger Syndrome on the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Autism Research, 4(1) pp. 449-455.
    [10.1002/aur.214] [Scopus]
  • Vast, R., Young, R.L. and Thomas, P. (2011). Emotion and automaticity: Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(3) pp. 227-237.
    [10.1080/1612197X.2011.614848] [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A. and Marcin-Salazar, C. (2010). Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Autism, 14(2) pp. 93-112.
    [10.1177/1362361309347676] [Scopus]
  • Lane, A.E., Young, R.L., Baker, A.E.Z. and Angley, M. (2010). Sensory processing subtypes in autism: association with adaptive behavior. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(1) pp. 112-122.
    [10.1007/S10803-009-0840-2] [10.1007/s10803-009-0840-2] [Scopus]
  • Vast, R., Young, R.L. and Thomas, P. (2010). Emotions in sport: Perceived effects on attention, concentraton, and performance. Australian Psychologist, 45(2) pp. 132-140.
    [10.1080/00050060903261538] [10.1080/0050060903261538] [Scopus]
  • Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Sorich, M.J., Young, R.L., McKinnon, R. and Gerber, J.P. (2010). Is there a role for routinely screening children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Creatine Deficiency Syndrome? Autism Research, 3 pp. 268-272.
    [10.1002/aur.145] [10.1002/aur.145] [Scopus]
  • Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Gerber, J.P., Young, R.L., Abamo, D.V., McKinnon, R., et al. (2009). Is urinary indolyl-3-acryloylglycine a biomarker for autism with gastrointestinal symptoms? Biomarkers, 14(8) pp. 596-603.
    [10.3109/13547500903183962] [10.3109/13547500903183962] [Scopus]
  • Baker, A.E.Z., Lane, A., Angley, M. and Young, R.L. (2008). The relationship between sensory processing patterns and behavioural responsiveness in autistic disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(5) pp. 867-875.
    [10.1007/s10803-007-0459-0] [10.1007/s10803-007-0459-0] [Scopus]
  • Martins, Y., Young, R.L. and Robson, D. (2008). Feeding and eating behaviors in children with autism and typically developing children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(10) pp. 1878-1887.
    [10.1007/s10803-008-0583-5] [10.1007/s10803-008-0583-5] [Scopus]
  • Delinicolas, E.K. and Young, R.L. (2007). Joint attention, language, social relating, and stereotypical behaviours in children with autistic disorder. Autism, 11(5) pp. 425-436.
    [10.1177/1362361307079595] [10.1177/1362361307079595] [Scopus]
  • Clifford, S., Young, R.L. and Williamson, P.J. (2007). Assessing the early characteristics of autistic disorder using video analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(2) pp. 301-313.
    [10.1007/s10803-006-0160-8] [10.1007/s10803-006-0160-8] [Scopus]
  • Angley, M., Young, R.L., Ellis, D., Chan, W. and McKinnon, R. (2007). Children and autism: Part 1 - recognition and pharmacological management. Australian Family Physician, 36(9) pp. 741-744.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Lim, Y.Z., Angley, M., Tait, P.A., Young, R.L. and McKinnon, R. (2006). Immunisation and autism: sifting myth from reality. Australian Pharmacist, 25(7) pp. 554-558.
  • Hedley, D. and Young, R.L. (2006). Social comparison and depression symptons in children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome. Autism, 10(2) pp. 139-153.
    [10.1177/1362361306062020] [10.1177/1362361306062020] [Scopus]
  • Angley, M., McKinnon, R., Young, R.L. and Evans, A. (2006). Children and autism: can the pharmacist help? Australian Pharmacist, 25(6) pp. 468-472.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N., Ettridge, K. and Goren, T. (2006). La Deteccion Precoz de las Caracteristicas Autistas Preverbales. Psicologia Iberoamericana, 14(1) pp. 11-20.
  • Young, R.L., Ridding, M. and Morrell, T.L. (2004). Switching skills on by turning off part of the brain. Neurocase, 10(3) pp. 215-222.
    [10.1080/13554790490495140] [10.1080/13554790490495140] [Scopus]
  • Young, R.L., Brewer, N. and Pattison, C. (2003). Parental identification of early behavioural abnormalities in children with autistic disorder. Autism, 7(2) pp. 125-143.
    [10.1177/1362361303007002002] [10.1177/1362361303007002002] [Scopus]
  • Young, R.L. and Brewer, N. (2002). Diagnosis of autistic disorder: Problems and new directions. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 25 pp. 107-134.
    [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Young, R. and Brewer, N. (2012). Using eye movements as an index of implicit face recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 5(5) pp. 363-379.
    [10.1002/aur.1246] [Scopus]
  • Sawyer, A., Williamson, P. and Young, R. (2012). Can gaze avoidance explain why individuals with Asperger's Syndrome can't recognise emotions from facial expressions? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(4) pp. 606-618.
    [10.1007/s10803-011-1283-0] [Scopus]
  • Young, R. and Posselt, M. (2012). Using The Transporters DVD as a learning tool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(6) pp. 984-991.
    [10.1007/s10803-011-1328-4] [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Brewer, N. and Young, R. (2011). Face recognition performance of individuals with Asperger Syndrome on the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Autism Research, 4(1) pp. 449-455.
    [10.1002/aur.214] [Scopus]
  • Vast, R., Young, R.L. and Thomas, P. (2011). Emotion and automaticity: Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(3) pp. 227-237.
    [10.1080/1612197X.2011.614848] [Scopus]
  • Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A. and Marcin-Salazar, C. (2010). Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Autism, 14(2) pp. 93-112.
    [10.1177/1362361309347676] [Scopus]
  • Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Sorich, M.J., Young, R.L., McKinnon, R. and Gerber, J.P. (2010). Is there a role for routinely screening children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Creatine Deficiency Syndrome? Autism Research, 3 pp. 268-272.
    [10.1002/aur.145] [10.1002/aur.145] [Scopus]
  • Young, R., Brewer, N. and Hedley, D. (2012). Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Criminals in waiting? In CE Richardson & RA Wood, ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Research. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 143-154.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, R.L., Partington, C.A. and Goren, T. (2009). SPECTRA: structured program for early childhood therapists working with autism. Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press.
  • Young, R.L. (2007). Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) Manual. Camberwell, VIC, Australia: ACER Press.

Professional and community engagement

Journal Reviewing

Autism, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Media

One Hour Documentary with the ABC - "Uncommon Genius"

The film secured a budget of $250,000 and has sold rights to the Discovery Channel.  My role involved writing an initial proposal, liaising with researchers and script writers and approaching savants to participate. On screen I am the main presenter.  I also had editorial input.

Regular consults in the Media (e.g., Today Tonight, Catalyst, radio).

Law

My work with lawyers and victims of crime involves liaising with other professionals, making referrals if required, and often validating or not reports of other professionals.  I have written many medico-legal reports and my expert opinion has been sought in many legal matters including Fitness to Plead assessments.

Presentations and Charity Work
 
I regularly present at interest and charity group meetings such as Rotary meetings and give workshops and training sessions regarding autism intervention and diagnosis.

Autism Diagnostic Assessments

I am a recognised diagnostician with Autism SA and involved with the Autism SA Professional Practice Committee.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Autism
  • Disability
  • Intelligence
  • Psychology
  • Savant Syndrome

Interests

  • Intelligence: Testing and assessment
  • Autism: Incidence, diagnoses, idiosyncrasies in intellectual profiles, behaviour intervention
  • Post-Traumatic Stress: In young children and victims of crime

Contact

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Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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