About Professor Jacqueline Roberts

In 2011 Jacqui was appointed to the new chair of Autism in the Autism Center of Ex-cellence (ACE) at Griffith University. Prior to her appointment Jacqui held several short-term fractional research appointments at different universities and had considerable success initiating collaborative projects across Universities and disciplines, applying for funding and leading/managing research projects including a fractional appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Canberra responsible for content in the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium (AAETC) Positive Partnerships program. The Consortium provided professional development for teachers and school leaders and for parents and carers of children with autism across Australia as part of the Federal Government Helping Children with Autism package (2008 – 2015).

In 2006 Jacqui completed (with Professor Margot Prior) a review of interventions for children with autism and their families for the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. This has recently been updated (2011). The updated review is available on the FaHCSIA website. The principles of good practice described in this review have informed the roll out of the Helping Children with Autism pack-age (HCWA).

Jacqui is a director of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders providing input to the board on a national autism research agenda, and served on the DEEWR Students with Disability in Schools Advisory Council from 2010 - 2013. In 2009 Jacqui was the national speaker for Speech Pathology Australia and in 2010 was invited to present an overview of EBP in autism assessment and management at International Logopaedic Conference (IALP) in Athens. In 2013 Jacqui received the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) award for outstanding service to the autism community.

In her current position as the director of the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University Jacqui is responsible for developing the research agenda focusing on research that will enhance outcomes for individuals with ASD. ACE is already building a strong research profile enhanced through collaborative links with other schools within the university, speech pathology in particular and participation as an essential partner in the Cooperative Research Center (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, granted $31 million in Federal funding in February 2013. The ACE also offers an extensive multidisciplinary postgraduate study program in Autism comprising a graduate certificate, masters and doctoral program in autism studies. For information about ACE courses and research contact ACE@griffith.edu.au