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The Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) exists as a result of great demand for evidence-based and specialised treatment programs in the Gold Coast autism community.

CASD is a multidisciplinary research and education facility dedicated to assisting people on the autism spectrum as well as their families, caregivers, educators and other professionals involved in their support.

CASD has a commitment to supporting the autism community through dissemination of research findings and provision of professional education initiatives. The Centre has close links with international researchers with strong track records in autism research and best-practice treatment methods.

We proudly support local, State, National and International bodies involved in providing services to people with an autism disorder and increasing awareness of autism in the general community. 


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Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences
Hydrocortisone Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychological Resilience Medicine & Life Sciences
Parents Medicine & Life Sciences
autism Social Sciences
Autism Spectrum Disorder Medicine & Life Sciences

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Aude Etournaud

Person: Teaching Only

Research Output 2004 2018

  • 243 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 44 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Poster
1 Citation (Scopus)
Cluster Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorder
1 Citation (Scopus)

Limitations in the inverse association between psychological resilience and depression in prostate cancer patients experiencing chronic physiological stress

Sharpley, C. F., Christie, D. R. H., Bitsika, V., Agnew, L. L., Andronicos, N. M., McMillan, M. E. & Richards, T. M., 22 Jan 2018, In : Psycho-Oncology. 27, 1, p. 223-228 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Psychological Resilience
Physiological Stress
Prostatic Neoplasms
1 Citation (Scopus)
Interpersonal Relations

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Peer-review
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Invited talk

International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (Journal)

Aude Etournaud (Reviewer)
7 Jun 201811 Jul 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

The Impact of Anxiety on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Aude Etournaud (Keynote speaker), Vicki Bitsika (Speaker), Christopher Sharpley (Speaker)
21 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

CASD Staff Training and Consultation Activities for 'Institut Specialise Autisme' (ISA).

Aude Etournaud (Participant)
20 Aug 201826 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Other

Student theses

An Investigation into Educational Personnel Knowledge of Functional Assessment Applications in Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Tomecek, B., 8 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Bitsika, V. (Supervisor) & Sharpley, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder: investigation into best practice intervention.

Author: Etournaud, A., 7 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Bitsika, V. (Supervisor), Sharpley, C. (Supervisor) & Fourie, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The origins and appearance of sex differences in mental disorders

Author: Grime, S., 11 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Bitsika, V. (Supervisor) & Sharpley, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis