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Dr Elfriede Ihsen Academic, Autism Research Centre

Dr Elfriede Ihsen is a Research Fellow at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) and the School of Psychology and Public Health in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Prior to joining La Trobe University, Dr Ihsen was a lecturer and researcher in the School of Studies in Disability at Deakin University (1988 - 1997) and in Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology (1998 - 2006). Her main teaching subjects were child development (including the development of children with a disability), early intervention and visual impairment and blindness.

Areas of Interest

Development in early childhood, especially play, executive function and effortful control, parenting, transitions.
Development of children who grow up with disabilities or in non-optimal family and community environments. Particular expertise: development of children with congenital visual impairment and blindness, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and of children who have been abused and/or neglected by their caregivers.
Services and programs that support children with disabilities, their families and communities. Particular expertise: early childhood intervention, family-centred intervention, outcomes-based programs, evaluation of programs and services, staff development and training.


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