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Dr Mirko Uljarevic Academic, Autism Research Centre

After finishing studies in medicine in his hometown university (School of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia) Dr Uljarevic moved to Cardiff to do complete his postgraduate degree (PhD), under the supervision of Professor Sue Leekam at the wonderful Wales Autism Research Centre. Dr Uljarevic's PhD project investigated repetitive behaviours and how these behaviours are related to sensory problems and anxiety in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although ASD affects primarily individual who is on the spectrum, impact is also felt by families, in particular by parents. Dr Uljarevic's PhD project also aimed to identify tindividual characteristic's of parents of individuals with ASD that might put them at increased risk for negative psychological outcomes. This work was been presented at the international conferences and published in international journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Molecular Autism, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He is currently working as Autism CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow managing longitudinal study of school leavers with ASD. His research in the area of repetitive behaviours, anxiety, sensory problems and parental mental health still continues in the current role, in collaboration with both Australian and international research groups. Other research interests include understanding the sources of variability that occurs between people with ASD, both in terms of core symptoms and associated or co-morbid problems, and particularly understanding the role of temperament, emotion regulation and intolerance of uncertainty as trans-diagnostic risk factors across various neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. He is interested in the nature of emotional competence in autism spectrum disorder i.e. how people with autism attend to and recognize emotions, the way they use emotional information to guide their behaviour and anticipate others' responses and whether they have adequately developed emotional concepts.

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