Vicki Bitsika


  • Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder Bond University 14 University Drive ROBINA QLD 4226


  • 866 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

I began my career as an outreach psychologist for a Victorian service specifically designed to meet the educational and training needs of adolescents and adults with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. I lectured at Monash University on the Special Education and Psychology programs for twelve years. During this time I was responsible for developing and coordinating the practicum stream in Applied Behaviour Analysis taught to postgraduate Special Education students.

I am a practising clinical psychologist, registered in NSW and Queensland and have maintained my professional practice since 1986. I specialise in the assessment and management of learning and behavioural difficulties, with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. As well as working hands-on with children, adolescents, and adults with autism-based disorders and behaviour problems, I have also trained and supported parents who care for children with learning and behaviour problems.

I am a consultant psychologist to various private/state schools and Human Service Facilities across Australia.  I have developed and conducted numerous workshops and training sessions for professionals who work with individuals with disabilities and special needs.

External positions

Monash University

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Research Output 1997 2018

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.

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

Using parent- and self-reports to evaluate eating disturbances in young girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bitsika, V. & Sharpley, C. F., 1 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 65, p. 91-98 8 p.

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Self Report
Nuclear Family
Autism Spectrum Disorder
1 Citation (Scopus)

A comparison of age, cognitive, hormonal, symptomatic and mood correlates of Aggression towards Others in boys with ASD

Bitsika, V., Sharpley, C. F., Sweeney, J. A., Andronicos, N. M., Agnew, L. L. & Arnold, W. M., Jul 2017, In : Research in Developmental Disabilities. 66, p. 44-54 11 p.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Invited talk

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

Aude Etournaud (Consultant), Vicki Bitsika (Consultant), Christopher Sharpley (Consultant)
20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Student theses

An Evaluation of Functional Assessment and Biofeedback for the Treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Author: Fourie, J., 2014

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


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


Incorporating Student Self-reports in Functional Assessment

Author: Villec, D., 9 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Bitsika, V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral 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