Josephine Barbaro


Josephine Barbaro

2006 Allied Health Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Josephine Barbaro graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with first class honours and was acknowledged on the Dean's Honours List.

Josie commenced her PhD entitled "Prospective Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infancy: The Social Attention and Communication Study" at La Trobe University in 2005 and was awarded the Scholarship to support the final two years of her research project.

Studied at: La Trobe University

Current Biography

Dr Josephine Barbaro is a Research Fellow at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University, and co-founder of Australia’s first ‘Early Assessment Clinic’ for autism. Dr Barbaro’s research interests are in the early identification and diagnosis of autism in infants and toddlers, and family health and well-being following a diagnosis. Her developmental surveillance program for autism, the Social Attention and Communication Study (SACS), has been translated and disseminated widely, both nationally and internationally. The SACS was further developed into a multiple-award winning mobile app called ASDetect, being one of ten finalist in Google’s Impact Challenge 2016. Dr Barbaro was the recipient of the nationally competitive Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Allied Health, and has won a number of awards, including the Nancy Millis PhD award, the International Society for Autism Research Dissertation Award, and Best Translation of Autism Research by the Australian Autism Cooperative Research Centre in both 2015 and 2016.

Scholarship Year: 2006

Fields of Interest

Allied Health, Medicine, Science