Professor Autism, School of Education and Professional Studies
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- Griffith Experts page for Professor Jacqueline Roberts
Jacqui has been appointed to the new chair of Autism in the Autism Centre of Excellence, an initiative at Griffith University. Prior to her appointment Jacqui was a consultant working on a variety of national projects in autism 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 Partnership 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 – 2012).
Jacqui has a background in teaching and in speech pathology and has worked in schools for children with autism as a teacher and principal. She was the Director of Services for The Autism Association of NSW (now Aspect) for many years. Jacqui was most recently employed as senior speech pathologist in the Centre for Effective Reading in NSW; a collaborative initiative between the departments of Health and Education in NSW. In 2009 Jacqui was the national speaker for Speech Pathology Australia and presented a 2 day workshop on autism, assessment and intervention for speech pathologists in all Australian states and territories. Jacqui also presented a series of workshops on autism in New Zealand.
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) and it is expected the updated version will be available on the FaHCSIA website soon. Jacqui is a consultant to Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community, Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) on the distribution of Federal Government Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package, and a director of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders.