Behavioural and cognitive phenotypes in genetic disorders causing intellectual disability and autism


This project will assess characteristic behaviours and psychological function in young people with genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability and autism.


Professor Stewart Einfeld

Research Location

Disability and Community Research Group

Program Type



Because specific genetic lesions are known for a range of disorders causing intellectual disability, these are excellent paradigms for the elucidation of gene-to-behaviour pathways. Further, understanding of behavioural and cognitive phenotypes of these conditions is of great value in clinical assessment and treatment and in providing educational programming. Prof Einfeld and colleagues have already demonstrated these characteristics for a number of disorders, viz Prader-Willi, Fragile X, Williams, Down and Angelman syndromes. The approach to these studies include a range of methods pioneered by Prof Einfeld and colleagues, including the Developmental Behaviour Checklist, and normative data from the Australian Child to Adult Development Study.

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A range of other projects are available, particularly in early interventiona and amelioration of behaviour problems in young people with intellectual disability and autism.

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Intellectual disability, mental retardation, autism, Genetics, psychopathology, cognition, Prader-Willi, Fragile X, Williams, Down and Angelman syndromes, children, adolescents, mental health, Behavioural & psychiatric disorders, Brain & nervous system disorders, Genetic disorders, Genes in biology & medicine, Neuroscience & psychology

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 108