Professor Robyn Young


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (340)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Robyn Young's interest in autism began while studying savants as part of her PhD in Savant Syndrome. 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). Her work has now turned to older persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specifically she is interested in why persons with ASD may become unwittingly involved in crime.

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
PSYC1102 Psychology 1
Supervisory interests
Savant syndrome
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: ASD in females (1), Autism and crime (2), ASD and homelessness (1)
Associate supervisor: Autism (2)
Principal supervisor: Emotional Recognition, Autism (1), Autism, Female Presentation (1), Autism (1), Autism, Early detection, ADEC validation (1), Emotion and sport (1), Joint Attention, Autism (1), Early signs of Autism (1), Sport psychology (1), Crime, Autism, Obsessive Interests (1), Adults with Autism, Diagnoses
Associate supervisor: Forensic (2), Prosody in Speech, Autism (1), Emotion recognition (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Yong-Hwee Nah

Flinders Best Student Paper Award - DEC 2014

Clare Holmes

Playford Young Citizen of the Year - JAN 2013

Darren Hedley

Flinders Best Student Paper Award - FEB 2012

Clare Holmes

3 Minute Thesis University Finalist - AUG 2012

Rebecca Flower

3 Minute Thesis University Finalist - AUG 2014

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