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Dr Cathy Bent ASELCC Research Fellow, Autism Research Centre

Cathy is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre and Member of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) in the School of Psychology and Public Health (SPPH) at La Trobe University.

Dr Bent’s research focuses on understanding development and individual differences among children on the autism spectrum. She completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours in 2009 and was awarded her PhD in 2018. Cathy’s thesis won the University’s 2018 Nancy Millis Medal, which is awarded to the top 5% of doctoral theses. Her thesis “Factors associated with The Age of Diagnosis of Autism in Australia: Barriers and Enablers to Early Identification” also won the Australian Psychological Society PIDA award and was judged to be “outstanding in terms of scientific merit and the contribution of the research to theory and practice in the field of the psychology of intellectual disability and autism.”

Dr Bent facilitates group training for health professionals and researchers in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) as a behavioural assessment for autism across the lifespan.


•La Trobe University School of Psychology and Public Health (SPPH) Income Growth Grants Scheme ($7,036) to K. Hudry, C. Green, J. Smith, C. Bent & P. Benson. (2019). Validating a Promising Blind-Rateable Measure of Wellbeing for Parents of Pre-schoolers with Autism: The Autism-Specific Five Minute Speech Sample (AFMSS).

•La Trobe University, Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area ($9,882) to K. Hudry, C. Bent, K. Pye, K. Capes, R. Rankin, C. Green, T. Iacono & E. Pellicano. (2018 – 2019). Fostering Inclusion and Participation for Pre-Schoolers on the Autism Spectrum.

•Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, Research Infrastructure. ($1,130) to C. Bent., & Lawson, L. (2018). Proposal for the Acquisition of MPLUS Modelling Software.

•La Trobe University, School of Psychology and Public Health Research Infrastructure Grant ($30,000) to A. Aulich, C. Bent, L. Lawson, A. Richdale, & K. Hudry, (2018). Proposal for the Acquisition of Respironics Acti-watches for Sleep Duration and Quality Analysis.

•Department of Social Services ($293,020) to K. Hudry, K. Pye, J. Feary, G. Toscano, X. Li, C. Bent, M. Uljarevic, G. Vivanti & the Victorian ASELCC Team. (2017 – 2019) How does Parent Coaching Add Value to Evidence-Based Autism Intervention?

•International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Travel Award ($700) to C. Bent. (2016)
•International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Travel Award ($700) to C. Bent. (2017)


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