Researcher biography

Dr Kristelle Hudry is Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychology and Counselling, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University.

Following the completion of her PhD at the University of Queensland, Dr Hudry spent five years abroad in London, holding post-doctoral research positions including 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 La Trobe University. 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 growing her own local research team and forging partnerships with other Australian researchers, teams and centers, to investigate how children with autism develop across the early years of life. Her focus is on the period from infancy through school entry, and includes understanding the journey for parents and other family members, and how children and families respond to early intervention/support.

Outside of her core research and teaching role, Dr Hudry also works actively to build capacity for best-practice diagnostic assessment among professionals and researchers in the Asia Pacific region, through offering intensive professional development workshops several times per year.