Doctor Josephine Barbaro

Doctor Josephine Barbaro - Research Fellow at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University, and co-founder of Australia’s first ‘Early Assessment Clinic’ for Autism.

 

Dr. Josephine Barbaro is a Research Fellow at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University, and co-founder of Australia’s first Early Assessment Clinic for Autism.

Dr Barbaro’s research interests are in the early identification and diagnosis of Autism in infants and toddlers, and family health and well-being following a diagnosis. Her developmental surveillance program for Autism, the Social Attention and Communication Study (SACS), has been incorporated into Australia’s Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), and is used amongst healthcare professionals across Australia. The SACS has been translated and disseminated across the Asia-Pacific, including South Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, and China, having been incorporated into Tianjin’s 7-year health plan (2013-2020).

Dr Barbaro’s early detection program has led to the development of the world’s first, empirically-based, Autism surveillance ‘App’ for infants and toddlers called ASDetect (asdetect.org), recently winning the Best Research and Development award at the Victorian iAwards. Dr. Barbaro is on the Board of Directors of the Sir Robert Menzies Foundation and President of the Menzies Scholars Association. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Best Clinical Dissertation Award, and Best Translation of Autism Research by the Autism CRC.