Dr Katherine Crea

Katherine Crea, Janine’s Key Associate, is a registered psychologist who has more than seven years of university-based training, in addition to work experience in community mental health, autism-specific early intervention, and has conducted research with children and families affected by ASD.

She has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from La Trobe University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the mental health and wellbeing of toddler-aged siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and was supervised by Dr Kristelle Hudry and Professor Cheryl Dissanayake at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).

Katherine currently works across the public and private sectors, working in community mental health with adults who have a mental illness, and with children with suspected ASD or an ASD diagnosis.

Previously Katherine has been involved in research and funded projects at the Australian Psychological Society. Previous research and projects include the early childhood promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative, KidsMatter Early Childhood; the Australian Psychology Workforce survey; and the Access to Allied Psychological Services Telephone-CBT and Suicide Prevention Service trial projects. She has also volunteered for Lifeline Melbourne for five years and was involved in the training program for new telephone counselors.

Memberships and licences

General registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)

Victorian Working with Children Check

Publications

Katherine has a number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as papers under review.

Published peer reviewed articles

Crea, K. N., Shivdasani, M. N., Argent, R. E., Mauger, S. J., Rathbone, G. D., O’Leary, S. J., & Paolini, A. G. (2010). Acute cochlear nucleus compression alters tuning properties of inferior colliculus neurons. Audiology & Neurotology, 15, 18-26.

Grenyer, B. F. S., Mathews, R., Stokes, D., & Crea, K. (2010). The Australian Psychology Workforce 2: A national profile of psychologists’ education, training, specialist qualifications and continuous professional development. Australian Psychologist, 45(3), 168-177.

Mathews, R., Stokes, D., Crea, K., & Grenyer, B. F. S. (2010). The Australian Psychology Workforce 1: A national profile of psychologists in practice. Australian Psychologist, 45(3), 154-167.

Stokes, D., Mathews, R., Grenyer, B. F. S., & Crea, K. (2010). The Australian Psychology Workforce 3: A national profile of psychologists in salaried employment or in independent private practice. Australian Psychologist, 45(3), 178-188.

Submitted articles currently under peer review/accepted pending revisions

Crea, K., Dissanayake, C., & Hudry, K. (accepted pending revisions). Proband mental health difficulties and parental stress predict mental health in toddlers at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Crea, K., Dissanayake, C., & Hudry, K. (submitted). Temperament and mental health difficulties across toddlerhood in children at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Crea, K., Dissanayake, C., & Hudry, K. (submitted). Temperament as a predictor of mental health among toddlers at familial high- and low-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Conference Presentations

Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Conference
Melbourne, Australia, 4-5 December 2014
Oral presentation: Proband mental health difficulties and parental stress predict mental health in toddlers at high-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC)
Adelaide, Australia, 8-10 August 2013
Oral presentation: Mental Health Difficulties in Toddlers at High-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)
San Sebastian, Spain, 2-4 May 2013
Oral presentation: Mental Health Difficulties in Toddlers at High-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders