Andrew Whitehouse

Professor, BSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust., Head, Autism Research Team, Telethon Kids Institute, Director, CliniKids, Telethon Kids Institute, Program Head, Disability, Telethon Kids Institute, Chief Research Officer, Autism CRC

  • The University of Western Australia (M560), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 4182 Citations
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Personal profile


I did my BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology at Curtin University, and PhD (2006) in psychology at the University of Western Australia. I have previously held fellowships at The University of Oxford (Scott Family JRF, University College) and several NHMRC Fellowships at the Telethon Kids Institute.


2016 – current: Editorial Board member, Autism and Developmental Language Impairment

2016 – current: Editorial Board member, Autism Research

2016 – current: Editorial Board member, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

2016 – current: Editorial Board member, Autism and Developmental Language Impairment


'60 Second Science' Videos

I also created and present a weekly video web-series ('60 Second Science') that describes ASD research in lay language, and has been viewed by more than 1.5 million people since 2016.


The Conversation

I have written for The Conversation news website about the science of child development (>1.3 million unique readers).


National Guidelines for Autism Diagnosis (2019)


I spearheaded the two-year, novel research program that generated a new Clinical Guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism. The clinical practice recommendations contained in the Guideline were based on a series of systematic reviews, face-to-face workshops in each capital city of Australia, targeted community consultation and an open feedback process. Over 1200 organisations and people from across Australia provided direct input into the Guideline. The final Guideline included more than 1,000 pages of research evidence, was peer-reviewed by 7 international experts, and was formally endorsed by the NHMRC Council. In Oct 2018, the Guideline was launched by the Federal Health and Social Services Ministers, who endorsed the Guideline as representing optimal clinical care in Australia. Since publication, the Guideline has been downloaded >10,000 times (46 countries).


Australian Autism Research Council (2019)


I am the founding co-chair the Australian Autism Research Council, which was formed by the Autism CRC to generate ASD research priorities based on community needs. Along with the co-chair (Dr Wenn Lawson), I was responsible for forming the Council (14 Australian community, government and research leaders), and generating the initial set of research priorities (published Jan 2019). These priorities are currently undergoing community consultation through workshops across Australia.


Australian Autism Biobank


From 2015-2018, I led (CIA) the development of the Australian Autism Biobank, which collected biospecimens (blood, stool, urine, hair) and phenotypic data from children with ASD and their families at 4 sites across Australia (WA, Vic, NSW, Qld). Over a 3-year period, the sites collected 5,104 biospecimens from 2,857 participants, making this one of the most valuable ASD biorepositories in the world. My leadership of the project involved protocol development, establishing the physical/electronic data storage infrastructure and monitoring data collection. I continue to chair the Access Committee, which administers requests to access these data from (inter)national individuals and organisations.




At the Telethon Kids Institute, I am the inaugural Director of a new clinical-research centre called CliniKids ( ). CliniKids is a nationally unique clinical model that integrates research projects within clinical practice for children with developmental disorders and provides a state-wide training hub for evidence-based clinical programs. The clinical practices within CliniKids will be based on the findings from recently completed clinical trials, including those conducted by my own research team.

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Research Output 2005 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Atypical nested 22q11.2 duplications between LCR22B and LCR22D are associated with neurodevelopmental phenotypes including autism spectrum disorder with incomplete penetrance

Woodward, K. J., Stampalia, J., Vanyai, H., Rijhumal, H., Potts, K., Taylor, F., Peverall, J., Grumball, T., Sivamoorthy, S., Alinejad-Rokny, H., Wray, J., Whitehouse, A., Nagarajan, L., Scurlock, J., Afchani, S., Edwards, M., Murch, A., Beilby, J., Baynam, G., Kiraly-Borri, C. & 2 othersMcKenzie, F. & Heng, J. I. T., Feb 2019, In : Molecular genetics & genomic medicine. 7, 2, 17 p., 507.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
173 Downloads (Pure)

Brief social attention bias modification for children with autism spectrum disorder

Alvares, G. A., Chen, N. T. M., Notebaert, L., Granich, J., Mitchell, C. & Whitehouse, A. J. O., 10 Jan 2019, In : Autism Research. p. 527-535

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Control Groups
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Autistic Disorder
Differential Diagnosis
5 Citations (Scopus)

Characterizing the interplay between autism spectrum disorder and comorbid medical conditions: An integrative review

Tye, C., Runicles, A. K., Whitehouse, A. J. O. & Alvares, G. A., 23 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 9, 751.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Content validation of the Quality of Life Inventory—Disability

Epstein, A., Williams, K., Reddihough, D., Murphy, N., Leonard, H., Whitehouse, A., Jacoby, P. & Downs, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Child: Care, Health and Development. 45, 5, p. 654-659 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disabled Children
Intellectual Disability
Quality of Life


Data from: Prenatal testosterone exposure is related to sexually dimorphic facial morphology in adulthood

Whitehouse, A. (Creator), Gilani, Z. (Creator), Shafait, F. (Creator), Mian, A. (Creator), Tan, D. (Creator), Maybery, M. (Creator), Keelan, J. (Creator), Hart, R. (Creator), Handelsman, D. J. (Creator), Goonawardene, M. (Creator), Eastwood, P. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 8 Sep 2015


Sex steroid values, composites and cognitive follow-up Raine Cohort Data

Jamnadass, E. S. (Creator), Keelan, J. (Creator), Russell-Smith, S. N. (Creator), Hickey, M. (Creator), Maybery, M. (Creator), Whitehouse, A. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 29 Mar 2017


No relationship between autistic traits and salivary testosterone concentrations in men from the general population

Tan, D. (Creator), Maybery, M. (Creator), Clarke, M. (Creator), Di Lorenzo, R. (Creator), Evans, M. (Creator), Mancinone, M. (Creator), Panos, C. (Creator), Whitehouse, A. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 26 Mar 2018



Projects 2010 2021

Press / Media

National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis - ABC

Andrew Whitehouse


1 media contribution

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National guideline for autism diagnosis

Andrew Whitehouse


1 item of media coverage

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National Guideline for autism diagnosis - The Australian

Andrew Whitehouse


1 media contribution

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National Guidelines for autism diagnosis - The Conversation

Andrew Whitehouse


1 media contribution

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National Guideline - ABC radio national

Andrew Whitehouse


1 media contribution

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