• The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Iliana Magiati is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia since January 2020. She was previously an Associate Professor (2017-2019) and an Assistant Professor (2009-2017) at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (NUS). She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology (D.Clin.Psy.) at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK in 2006 and her research Ph.D. at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK on early interventions for children on the autism spectrum in 2005 with Prof. Patricia Howlin. She worked as a research Psychologist in academic & research settings in the UK and as a clinical psychologist within multidisciplinary child development & community child psychology teams in the UK National Health Service before moving to Singapore and NUS in 2009. She is a UK registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a registered psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society.

Her research and clinical interests include: mental health and emotional well-being of autistic people, with an emphasis on investigating the presentation, experiences, assessment of and factors associated with anxiety in autistic young people and adults; identification, diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for autistic people identified in adulthood; masking/ camouflaging and its psychosocial correlated in autistic people; supporting autistic people in higher education; autistic traits and their relationship with emotional and behavioural problems in non-autistic samples; and adult outcomes and ways to enhance these with and for autistic people. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (RASD) and a Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology (Special Educational Needs). She is also an independent Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) trainer.

Research interests

Autism; mental health and well-being of autistic people, with a focus on anxiety; understanding psychological and social factors contributing to poorer mental health in autistic people; masking/ camouflaging in autistic people and its psychosocial correlates; autistic burnout; identification, diagnosis and supports for autism in adulthood; supporting autistic people in higher education; post-diagnostic supports for later-diagnosed autistic adolescents and adults.

Teaching overview

I am passionate about teaching and sharing my curiocity and interest in understanding human behavior, clinical psychology and autism. I have taught various undergraduate and postgraduate units in my previous position at the National University of Singapore (NUS), including Pediatric Psychology, Child Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Interventions and Therapies, Child Psychopathology, and have won the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences excellence in teaching awards four times between 2010 and 2019. 

Since joining UWA in academic year 2020, I co-teach the PSYC5522 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule training unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis together with Dr. Lauren Taylor. I also teach some of the workshops in PSYC5511 (Special Topics in CLinical Psychology) and co-teach some of the lectures and/ or tutorials in PSYC3310 (Specialist Research Tpics) and PSYC4413 (Psychological Research and Practice).  In 2021, I also co-ordinate and teach PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II with Dr. Andrew Sheridan.

Community engagement

Since arriving in Perth and UWA in January 2020, I have been involved with a team of wonderful autistic and non-autistic researchers from four Australian universities and one charity, interviewing more than 130 autistic people and their families from all over Australia about their experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find the report from this research here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/sydney-policy-lab/news-and-analysis/news-commentary/the-everyday-experiences-of-autistic-people-and-their-families-d.html and some news coverage here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-16/autism-in-the-covid-lockdown-struggling-with-telehealth/12555866

My article, co-written with Dr. Jac den Houting from Macquarie University, on what can be done to better support autistic people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyong can be found here: https://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2020050612059/covid-19/covid-19-autistic-people-and-their-families-should-not-be-left-behind-during-

Previous positions

2009-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

2017-2019: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

2007: Clinical Psychologist, Highbury and Islington National Health Service Trust, Child Development Team and Community Child Psychology Service, London, UK

2003-2006: Clinical Psychologist in Training, South London and Maudsley National Health Service Trust, London, UK

1998-2003: Part-time or casual Research Psychologist or Research Assistant for research studies conducted by the Universities of Keele, Nottingham or St. George's Hospital Medical School on extremely premature children's outcomes, interventions for autistic children, and Turner's syndrome.



Greek (native speaker)

French (beginner/ intermediate)

Current projects

I have been awarded a UWA Research Collaboration Award for 2023 for a project titled "What do recently diagnosed autistic adolescents need and want from post-diagnostic support programmes? A preliminary scoping review and feasibility study collaboration". I am seeking a passionate, motivated PhD student to work with me on this project. This work is a collaboration with leading autism researchers in UCL, Southampton, UWA, Macquarie and UNSW.

I will be able to take only one, at most two, PhD students in 2023. 

Roles and responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator, UWA Graduate Certificate for Autism Diagnosis (GCAD), together with Dr. Lauren Taylor (2020-current)

Deputy Director, School of Psychological Science (UWA SPS) Postgraduate Education Committee (2022-current)

Co-ordinator of the School of Indigenous Studies- School of Psychological Science (SIS-SPS) peer mentoring programme for Aboriginal and/ or Torres Islander Psychology Students (2020-current)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, D.Clin.Psy., King's College London


Award Date: 30 Sept 2006

Psychology, Ph.D., St George's Hospital London


Award Date: 1 May 2005

Child Development, MSc, Institute of Education, University of London

Award Date: 30 Sept 1997

Psychology, BSc, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Diagnostics
  • Health
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Disability

Research expertise keywords

  • Autism
  • autistic traits
  • mental health
  • Diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders
  • supports and interventions
  • camouflaging
  • supporting autistic students in higher education
  • adult outcomes


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