Professor Jacqueline Roberts leads a research program on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a graduate program of ASD studies at the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University. The main focus of the research program at ACE is ASD, learning, behaviour and education.
Jacqueline also leads a large longitudinal research project, which is part of the national Living with Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). In addition, she heads several research consultancies, including a project with the Queensland Government Department of Education to develop an online tool that can be used by teachers and parents to manage problem behaviours.
Jacqueline has experience working as a teacher, speech language therapist, school principal and senior manager in schools for children with ASD. She has also worked as a consultant in ASD and held several short-term fractional appointments at universities teaching ASD studies and leading or managing research projects. These have included responsibility for the development and delivery of content in the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium (AAETC) Positive Partnerships program.
Jacqueline has published widely in ASD and, with Professor Katrina Williams, has co-authored a book for parents, Understanding Autism: The Essential Guide for Parents (2015).