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Dr Kristelle Hudry Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychol, Psychology

Dr Kristelle Hudry is Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychology and Counselling, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.

Dr Hudry's research concerns early child development including but not limited to autism. She is interested in developmental learning processes and skill acquisition, including the emergence of early signs and symptoms of autism from infancy through early life, and how these might be modified through different experiences such as parent-mediated intervention. Hudry leads the growing Childhood Autism Phenotype Team (CAPTeam) of graduate research students and post-doctoral early career researchers, conducting large-scale, multi-disciplinary and longitudinal studies of emergent autism behaviours, response to intervention, and the accuracy of technology-based approaches to support early identification and diagnosis. Dr Hudry is among a small group of established senior local trainers on the gold-standard Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and offers regularly professional development courses for clinicians and researchers wanting to incorporate this assessment in their practice and studies. She is working actively to build capacity in this area, growing a team of other ADOS trainers locally/nationally to support efforts to raise the standard of diagnostic practice and research rigour in the local region.

Following the completion of her PhD at the University of Queensland, Dr Hudry spent five years abroad in London, holding post-doctoral research positions including at the UCL Institute of Child Health (2006-2008) and at the Institute of Education (2009-2010) within the newly-formed Center for Research in Autism and Education. In 2010, she returned to Australia to join La Trobe University on a continuing Teaching and Research appointment. She took a 3-year internal secondment, to the position of Senior Research Fellow with the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) in 2016-2018 and, in 2019, resumed her substantive continuing position with the Department of Psychology and Counselling.

Dr Hudry maintains active collaboration with members of the UK-based Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT) consortium and the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) network from her post-doctoral research period. She is an affiliate of LTU's Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), and a member of LTU"s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) and Understanding Disease (UD) Research Focus Areas. She is a project leader with Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC), and is co-lead of the dual-site Australian Infant Communication and Engagement Study (AICES) team which also includes UK-based collaborators. Dr Hudry also has growing partnerships with individual researchers and teams at other Australian Universities (e.g., Griffith University, Qld; Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia, WA), and abroad (e.g., USA: Stanford University; University of Massachusetts, Boston; and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) as well as with industry partner, JVCKENWOOD Corporation, Japan.

In addition to Government Grants, Dr Hudry is also the successful recipient of the following Research Contracts from Industry partners, Community organisations, and the Autism Cooperative Research Centre:

2014-2015 ($71,470) Strengthening PlayConnect: Expert Advice and Current Service Evaluation (Lead Applicant)
2016-2018 ($237,000) Randomised-Controlled Trial of a Parent-Mediated Therapy for Infants Showing Early Social-Communication Delays (Co-Applicant)
2016-2020 ($130,000) Randomised-Controlled Trial of a Parent-Mediated Therapy for Infants Showing Early Social-Communication Delays (Lead Applicant)
2017-2018 ($200,000) Gazefinder: Identifying Autism Early Using Eye-Tracking Technology (Co-Lead Applicant)
2017-2020 ($292,821) Supporting Best Practice in Assessment and Treatment of Minimally Verbal Children with Autism (Co-Applicant)
2019-2021 ($100,000) Identifying Autism Early Using Eye-Tracking Technology: Follow-up of Infants into Early Childhood (Co-Lead Applicant)
2019-2021 ($1,700,000) Identifying Autism Early Using Eye-Tracking Technology: Clinical Trial of Gazefinder with Young Children (Co-Lead Applicant)


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