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Hello BAAG Members and Friends,

My PhD is focussed on gender differences within the Spectrum. Specifically, I am looking at differences that males and females with ASD demonstrate socially. The study itself is examining differences in the production and recognition of facially expressed emotion for males and females with and without ASD. We are using a novel approach and have developed our own video bank of facial expressions.

We are currently recruiting male and female adults (over 16), with a confirmed diagnosis of high functioning ASD. Participation in the study can occur at a time and place of the participants choosing (their home, Deakin University or another quiet location) and generally takes about 1.5 hours (including a break). It involves being filmed while creating a range of facial expressions and then rating a series of short videos of themselves and others making the same facial expressions. I have attached to this email the research flyer and a copy of the Plain Language Statement which more fully explains the study.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate this information to your stakeholders and any parties that might be interested in participating. This research is vitally important to allow us to further understand the clear differences that exist between the genders on the Autism Spectrum and to develop gender-specific diagnostic criteria and interventions in the future.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further clarification about the study. I can be contacted either by phone on 0439 99 77 23 or email

Alexandra M Head

PhD Candidate

Sessional Teaching Staff

Research Assistant
School of Psychology
Deakin University, Burwood, 3125
M – 0439 99 77 23
E –

Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B

Alexandra Head Research Flyer

PLS and Consent – ASD Participants