The PDD Research Program was established in 2003. Headed by Associate Professor Robyn Young at Flinders University, in South Australia, the PDD Research Program consists of a group of staff members, undergraduate and postgraduate students and is a research focussed program dedicated to researching issues that affect Autistic Disorder and other PDDs. This research makes significant contributions to the literature in these areas; increases understanding of Developmental Disorders in the general public; and improves the lives of individuals with PDDs and their families.

The program is currently running numerous research studies including:

Previous research conducted by the PDD Research Program and Associate Professsor Robyn Young include:

Publications

Refereed journal articles
Sawyer, A., Williamson, P.J., & Young, R.L., 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(606).
Hedley, D., Brewer, N., & Young, R.L., 2011. Face recognition performance of individuals with Asperger Syndrome on the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Autism Research, 4(1), 449-455.
Lane, A.E., Young, R.L., Baker, A.E., & Angley, M., 2010. Sensory processing subtypes in autism: association with adaptive behavior. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(1), 112-122.
Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A., & Marcin-Salazar, C., 2010. Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Autism, 14(2), 93-112.f

Hedley, D., Brewer, N., & Young, R.L., 2011. Face recognition performance of individuals with Asperger Syndrome on the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Autism Research.

Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A., & Marcin-Salazar, C., 2010. Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Autism, 14(2), 93-112.

Lane, A.E., Young, R.L., Baker, A.E., & Angley, M., 2010. Sensory processing subtypes in autism: association with adaptive behavior. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(1), 112-122.

Vast, R., Young, R.L., & Thomas, P., 2010. Emotions in sport: Perceived effects on attention, concentraton, and performance. Australian Psychologist, 45(2), 132-140.

Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Gerber, J.P., Young, R.L., Abamo, D.V., McKinnon, R.A., & Sorich, M.J., 2009. Is urinary indolyl-3-acryloylglycine a biomarker for autism with gastrointestinal symptoms?. Biomarkers, 14(8), 596-603.

Baker, A.E., Lane, A., Angley, M., & 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), 867-875.

Martins, Y., Young, R.L., & Robson, D., 2008. Feeding and eating behaviors in children with autism and typically developing children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(10), 1878-1887.

Angley, M., Young, R.L., Ellis, D., Chan, W., & McKinnon, R.A., 2007. Children and autism: Part 1 - recognition and pharmacological management. Australian Family Physician, 36(9), 741-744.

Clifford, S., Young, R.L., & Williamson, P.J., 2007. Assessing the early characteristics of autistic disorder using video analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(2), 301-313.

Delinicolas, E.K. & Young, R.L., 2007. Joint attention, language, social relating, and stereotypical behaviours in children with autistic disorder. Autism, 11(5), 425-436.

Angley, M., McKinnon, R.A., Young, R.L., & Evans, A., 2006. Children and autism: can the pharmacist help?. Australian Pharmacist, 25(6), 468-472.

Hedley, D. & Young, R.L., 2006. Social comparison and depression symptons in children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome. Autism, 10(2), 139-153.

Lim, Y.Z., Angley, M., Tait, P.A., Young, R.L., & McKinnon, R.A., 2006. Immunisation and autism: sifting myth from reality. Australian Pharmacist, 25(7), 554-558.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N.f, Ettridge, K., & Goren, T., 2006. La Deteccion Precoz de las Caracteristicas Autistas Preverbales. Psicologia Iberoamericana, 14(1), 11-20.

Young, R.L., Ridding, M., & Morrell, T.L., 2004. Switching skills on by turning off part of the brain. Neurocase, 10(3), 215-222.

Young, R.L., Brewer, N.f, & Pattison, C., 2003. Parental identification of early behavioural abnormalities in children with autistic disorder. Autism, 7(2), 125-143.

Young, R.L. & Brewer, N., 2002. Diagnosis of autistic disorder: Problems and new directions. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 25, 107-134.

Books

Young, R.L., Partington, C.A., & 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.

Book chapters

Young, R.L., 2005. Neurobiology of Savant Syndrome. In The Neurobiology of Exceptionality. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 199-215.

Refereed conference papers

Delinicolas, E.K. & Young, R.L., 2006. Does ability to engage in joint attention indicate autism severity?. Autism Safari: Proceedings of the 2nd World Autism Congress & Exhibition: Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N.D., & Partington, C.A., 2006. The early detection of pre-verbal autistic characteristics using autism detection in early childhood (ADEC). Autism Safari: 2nd World Autism Congress & Exhibition: Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Journal articles

Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Sorich, M.J., Young, R.L., McKinnon, R.A., & Gerber, J.P., 2010. Is there a role for routinely screening children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Creatine Deficiency Syndrome?. Autism Research, 3, 268-272.

Conference publications

Young, R.L., 2010. Identifying children under the age of 2 years of age. 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children.

Young, R.L., 2010. Unlock the mystery of autism: Causes, diagnosis and treatment - A full overview. World Autism Conference.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., & Brewer, N.D., 2010. Detecting autism in children under three years. 3rd Congress of the Asean Regional Union of Psychological Societies.

Young, R.L. & Robson, D., 2010. The development of infants with an increased risk of autism. Towards defining the pathophysiology of autistic behavior.

Williamson, P.J. & Young, R.L., 2010. An evaluation of the Early Intervention Research Program (EIRP) for children with autistic disorder at Flinders University, South Australia. 15th International Conference of the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults and Children.

Vast, R. & Young, R.L., 2010. Automacity and sport performance: Emotion, attentional focus and automatic skill execution. 20th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law.

Sawyer, A., Williamson, P.J., Young, R.L., & Sawyer, M.G., 2010. Can gaze avoidance explain why young people with Asperger's Syndrome have difficulty recognising emotions from faces?. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Nagesh, A., Brewer, N.D., & Young, R.L., 2010. Interviewing child witnesses: Children's ability to regulate output quanitity and accuracy. 20th Conference of the European Asociation of Psychology and Law.

Moffat, A.K., Young, R.L., & Ridding, M., 2009. Using repetitive transcranial maganetic stimulation to influence imitation ability: Implications for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Main, P., Angley, M., Thomas, P., Young, R.L., & McKinnon, R.A., 2009. Towards individualised treatment of autism, understanding the folate/methionine pathway. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Nagesh, A., Brewer, N.D., & Young, R.L., 2009. Interviewing child witnesses : regulating output quantity and accuracy. 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Robson, D. & Young, R.L., 2009. The development of infants with an increased risk of autism. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Sawyer, A., Young, R.L., & Williamson, P.J., 2009. Understanding the eyes : face processing and emotion recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Asian Pacific Autism Conference.

Vast, R., Young, R.L., & Thomas, P., 2009. Effect of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced sensorimotor skill. Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC 09).

Vast, R., Young, R.L., & Thomas, P., 2009. The role of attention in the relationship between emotion and performance in sport. 44th APS Annual Conference.

Wang, L.V., Angley, M., Gerber, J.P., Young, R.L., Abarno, D.V., McKinnon, R.A., & Sorich, M.J., 2009. Does urinary indolyl-3-acryloylglycine (IAG) have potential to distinguish autism subtypes. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 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. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Young, R.L., 2009. Early identification and intervention for young children. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Young, R.L., 2009. The development of autism in young pre-verbal children. 16th Biennial AHDA Conference.

Young, R.L., Baker, A.E., & Angley, M., 2009. Making sense of sensory processing in autism : evidence for the existence of sensory subtypes. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N.D., & Bradshaw, G.E., 2009. Early detection of autism in pre-verbal children. 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., Brewer, N.D., & Bradshaw, G.E., 2009. When does typical development become atypical?. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Nagesh, A., Brewer, N.D., & Young, R.L., 2009. Face recognition and metacognitive monitoring in individuals with Asperger's Disorder. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Hedley, D., Young, R.L., Juarez-Gallegos, M.A., & Marcin-Salazar, C., 2009. Cross-cultural evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in Mexico. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Kasauskas, J.T., Young, R.L., & Williamson, P.J., 2009. The link between autistic behaviours and feeding and eating problems. Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009.

Vast, R. & Young, R.L., 2008. Thoughts and cognitions surrounding the experience of emotions in sport: implications for concentration and performance. 31st AACBT National Conference.

Young, R.L., Williamson, P.J., & Hedley, D., 2007. Autism Detection in Early Childhood. Autism 2007 - Third AWARES International Online Autism Conference.

Hedley, D. & Young, R.L., 2006. Autistic Disorder: Early detection leading to early intervention. 1er Congreso Internacional de Autismo: Diagnóstico, Tratamiento y Educación Integral.

Martins, Y. & Young, R.L., 2006. A comparison of eating and feeding behaviours in children with autism and typically developing children. World Autism Congress.

Hedley, D. & Young, R.L., 2006. Socio-emotional development in adolescents with Asperger syndrome. 1er Simposio Internacional, Desarrollo Integral y Resiliencia en la Adolescencia.

Wu, A., Young, R.L., Angley, M., McKinnon, R.A., & Chung, W.K., 2005. Children and Autism: Can the Pharmacist help?. Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005.

Wong, C., Young, R.L., Angley, M., McKinnon, R.A., Berryman, M.J., & Abarno, D.V., 2005. Discrimination of autistic children from healthy controls. Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005.

Lim, Y.Z., Young, R.L., Angley, M., Koronios, A., Xia, X.A., & Tait, P.A., 2005. Autism and Immunisation: Sifting myth from reality. Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005.

Wu, A., Young, R.L., Angley, M., Petkov, J., Partington, C.A., Churches, O., & McKinnon, R.A., 2005. Establishing an Autism Database. Proceedings of the Joint APSA ASCEPT Annual Meeting 2005.

Young, R.L. & Brewer, N.D., 2001. The detection of autism in young, pre-verbal children. Biennial National Autism Conference.

Young, R.L. & Brewer, N.D., 2001. Detecting Autism in Pre-Verbal Children. Detecting Autism in Pre-Verbal Children.

Young, R.L., 2001. The Role of Memory in the Development and Representation of Savant-Type Skills. The Role of Memory in the Development and Representation of Savant-Type Skills.