After 8 years of very eventful and exciting employment at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, I have finally decided to retire from paid work 3 days a week and start a new, hopefully a quieter, part of my life in 2017. Note, I am saying ‘retire from paid work’, as I hope to continue working for OTARC in a voluntary capacity from time to time, as well as engage in other types of activities, that could be classified as ‘work’.
I came to work with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake in April 2008 in preparation for the opening of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) in June 2008. It was an exciting time as I found my place within the wider La Trobe University community.
Welcome to the Summer edition of Another Piece!
Our first appointment at OTARC was Dr Elfriede Ihsen, a long-time colleague and developmental psychologist. Soon after she joined us, Lisbeth Wilks, our Administrative Officer, joined as well. Lisbeth has had responsibility, amongst other things, for delivering our quarterly newsletter, Another Piece, to you, our readers and supporters. Together we worked to establish the Centre and successfully launch it in mid-2008. Elfriede and Lisbeth have been the backbone of much of what we do at OTARC. Both will retire this year, and I would like to acknowledge their dedication and generous contributions to OTARC over many years. Read more “Director’s report – Summer 2016”
Google Impact Challenge Finalist
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake visited Stanford University and presented an invited address. She also met with the Stanford Autism Research Group, hosted by Prof Antony Harden, Prof Joachim Hallmayer & Dr Chongying Wang.