Senior Research Fellow, and Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, La Trobe University

Dr Kristelle Hudry has a continuing position as Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. Between 2016 and 2018, however, she is on secondment to the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Center (ASELCC) - a specialist early intervention center for young children with autism, based at the La Trobe Community Children's Center - where she is Senior Research Fellow.

Following the completion of her PhD at the University of Queensland, Kristelle spent five years abroad in London, holding post-doctoral research positions 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 the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, and also became a member of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Center (OTARC). She 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, whilst forging new research partnerships with other Australian groups to investigate the early years of life for children with autism, developmental and/or language delays, including understanding response to intervention. Outside of her core research and teaching role, Kristelle also works actively to build capacity among professionals and researchers in the Asia Pacific region for best-practice diagnostic assessment, through intensive professional development workshops.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, La Trobe University
  • 2010–2014
    Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, La Trobe University
  • 2010–2010
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Education, London
  • 2009–2009
    Research Fellow, Institute of Education, London
  • 2006–2008
    Research Fellow, Institute of Child Health, London

Education

  • 2006 
    University of Queensland, PhD (Ed Psych)
  • 2000 
    University of Queensland, BA (Hons)
  • 1999 
    University of Queensland, BA

Publications

  • 2014
    Treatment mechanism in the MRC Pre-school Autism Communication Trial: Implications for study design and parent-focused therapy for children, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
  • 2014
    Sub-threshold autism traits: The role of trait emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility, British Journal of Psychology
  • 2014
    Early language profiles in infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2014
    Pupillometry reveals reduced unconscious emotional reactivity in autism, Biological Psychology
  • 2014
    An examination of interactions among children with autism and their typically-developing peers, Developmental Neurorehabilitation
  • 2013
    Atypicalities in cortical structure, handedness, and functional lateralization for language in autism spectrum disorders, Neuropsychology Review
  • 2013
    The importance of the eyes: Communication skills in infants of blind parents, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences
  • 2013
    Intellectual development in autism spectrum disorders: New insights from longitudinal studies, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • 2013
    Towards the DSM-V Criteria for Autism: Clinical, Cultural and Research Implications, Australian Psychologist
  • 2013
    Communicative Development Inventories (pp. 744-751), F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 2013
    Failure to learn from feedback underlies word learning difficulties in toddlers at risk for autis, Journal of Child Language
  • 2013
    Temperament in the first two years of life in infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2013
    The development of face orienting mechanisms in infants at-risk for autism, Behavioural Brain Research
  • 2013
    Predictors of parent-child interaction style in dyads with autism, Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • 2012
    Infant neural sensitivity to dynamic eye gaze is associated with later emerging autism, Current Biology
  • 2012
    Gaze following, gaze reading, and word learning in children at-risk for autism, Child Development
  • 2012
    Service and wider societal costs of pre-school children with autism in the UK, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2011
    A comparison of the trait emotional intelligence profiles of individuals with and without Asperger syndrome, Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice
  • 2011
    Social and attention factors during infancy and the later emergence of autism characteristics (pp. 195-208), O. Braddick, J. Atkinson, & G. Innocenti (Eds.), Progress in Brain Research, Vol. 189: Gene Expression to Neurobiology
  • 2010
    Preschoolers with autism show greater impairment in receptive compared to expressive language abilities, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
  • 2010
    Over-imitation in children with autism and Down syndrome, Australian Journal of Psychology
  • 2010
    The Modified - Classroom Observation Schedule to Measure Intentional Communication (M-COSMIC): Evaluation of reliability and validity, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 2010
    Parent-mediated communication-focused treatment in children with autism (PACT): A randomised controlled trial, The Lancet
  • 2009
    Agent familiarity and emotional context influence the everyday empathic responding of young children with autism, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 2008
    Superior discrimination of speech pitch and its relationship to verbal ability in autism spectrum disorders, Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • 2007
    Commentary on Kasari, C., Freeman, S., & Paparella, T. Interventions targeting joint attention and symbolic play can improve aspects of these skills in young children with autism, Evidence Based Mental Health

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Translating Autism Research Excellence to a Regional Service though Telehealth
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area, La Trobe University
  • 2013
    Strengthening PlayConnect: Specialist Playgroups for Families of Children with Autism
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area, La Trobe University

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)
  • Neurosciences (1109)