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I grew up in Singapore and moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2012 to pursue my Honours and PhD degrees in Psychology in the University of Western Australia (UWA). I completed my PhD in 2018 where I investigated biological mechanisms underlying the development of autism using physical characteristics such as facial structures. Prior to joining Macquarie University in 2021, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Psychological Science in UWA and CliniKids in Telethon Kids Institute where I built on my PhD research by examining facial characteristics expressed as a broad autism phenotype among siblings and parents of children on the autism spectrum. My PhD and early postdoctoral work has equipped me with a critical mind and advanced quantitative research skills. In my new role at AutismMQ, I aim to apply these skills to conduct meaningful and impactful research in collaboration with the autistic and autism community. My current research interests include factors influencing the social inclusion or exclusion of autistic individuals in the co-production of autism research, social inclusivity of autistic people in everyday settings and how this is influenced by first impressions towards them, and the impact of social camouflaging on the wellbeing of autistic people.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Mar 2018

Psychology, BSc (First Class Honours), The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 13 Mar 2013

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia

9 Apr 20219 Apr 2024

Honorary Research Associate, Telethon Kids Institute

16 Sept 202030 Sept 2023


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