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

    Australia

  • 4787 Citations
  • 36 h-Index
20052020

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Personal profile

Biography

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.

Engagement

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.

 

CliniKids

 

At the Telethon Kids Institute, I am the inaugural Director of a new clinical-research centre called CliniKids (https://clinikids.telethonkids.org.au/ ). 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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  • Datasets

    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

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    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

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    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

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    Projects

    Press / Media

    National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis - ABC

    Andrew Whitehouse

    30/10/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    National guideline for autism diagnosis

    Andrew Whitehouse

    19/10/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    National Guidelines for autism diagnosis - The Conversation

    Andrew Whitehouse

    16/10/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    National Guideline for autism diagnosis - The Australian

    Andrew Whitehouse

    16/10/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    National Guideline - ABC radio national

    Andrew Whitehouse

    7/09/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media