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Child development and behaviour clinics

Innovative research to help children with a range of difficulties

We run two unique clinics that develop and evaluate new treatments for children with a range of developmental, behavioural and emotional problems, including autism, disruptive behaviour problems, anxiety and impulsivity. 

Autism Clinic for Translational Research

Our Autism Clinic for Translational Research is committed to developing world-first treatments to improve the lives of young people with autism spectrum disorder and their loved ones. Our clinic concentrates on children and young adults up to age 30 with a diagnosis of autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) or Asperger’s syndrome.

Our clinical psychologists, behavioural, cognitive and neuropsychology experts research how biology, genetics and brain functioning contribute to autism. Together, we are striving to develop the first ever medication to reduce social difficulties experienced by children and young adults with autism.

To find solutions and develop better treatments, we need individuals from the community who have been diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS to take part in our studies. We know that autism not only affects the person diagnosed, but their entire family. So we also encourage parents of autistic children to take part in our clinical research programs. This will help us uncover biological and behavioural markers that might play a role in the onset of autism spectrum disorder.

If you are interested in being part of our research studies, please register here.

Child Behaviour Research Clinic

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The Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic is dedicated to developing state-of-the-art treatments for children with behavioural and emotional problems. In particular, we assist parents by providing them with cutting-edge strategies to help them better manage their child’s behavioural difficulties.

Our psychologists are continually studying ways to improve child behaviour problems. We run research projects with the brightest minds from the University of Sydney and beyond to develop innovative new treatments. Learn more about our research.

If your family chooses to participate in our research, we offer assessments and treatments free of charge. As we are a research-based clinic, all of our treatments are advanced, evidence-based programs that offer families the latest strategies in child behaviour management.

We’d love you to be part of our research journey. Currently we are recruiting participants for:  

  • Treatment-Epigenetics Project: we are providing free treatment to the parents of three-to-eight-year-old children with disruptive behaviour problems and looking at how positive parenting can reduce the risk for ongoing mental health problems in children. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2017 to 2021.

  • Early Pathways in Autism: we are looking at the earliest signs of autism by studying the emergence of critical skills such as making eye contact and responding to one’s own name. To do this we are working with infants and families who have a child with autism to study the first years of development in their siblings.

  • Like Father Like Son: while parenting programs are more effective when fathers participate, research shows they are far less likely to. This project is investigating a range of innovative strategies to improve fatherly participation in evidence-based programs and services for childhood behaviour problems at the national level. Visit Like Father Like Son for more information.

To participate in any of these studies, please register.  


Autism Clinic for Translational Research

Professor Adam Guastella

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Child Behaviour Research Clinic

Professor Mark Dadds

Director, Child Behaviour Research Clinic
  • Address Level 1, 97 Church Street Camperdown NSW 2050