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Dr Lauren Lawson Research Fellow, Autism Research Centre

Dr Lauren Lawson is a clinical psychology registrar and research fellow focused on understanding the mechanisms driving the heterogeneity inherent in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order to effectively target individualised support. Her research focus is informed by her clinical work where the lack of understanding regarding the factors underlying the variation in ASD makes it difficult to provide evidence-based recommendations for targeted interventions.

Dr Lawson completed a combined Masters in Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2015. Since completing her graduate studies, she has held several research focused positions on projects ranging from public health program evaluations to early identification of ASD. Currently she is managing a project focused on the transition from high school to adult life among autistic individuals. She is passionate about using large datasets to identify areas of strength and difficulty for autistic individuals, and using these data to inform development of supports.

Dr Lawson is a skilled science communicator, as evidenced by being selected as a 2019 Fresh Scientist, placing second at the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition in 2012, ongoing effective communication with study cohorts, and online research dissemination through social media.


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