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Biography

Dr Rabba is a Lecturer and Educational and Developmental Psychologist at Monash University, an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University, and a Senior Psychologist/Coordinator at Monash Health. She is currently Associate Editor of the Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Secretary of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (Vic) at the Australian Psychological Society.

As a scientist-practitioner, Dr Rabba is passionate about translating research into practice and believes strongly in bridging this gap. Dr Rabba is committed to supporting the next generation of clinicians and researchers in their learning by utilising developmental science across the lifespan.

Dr Rabba combines her academic interests and knowledge with continued clinical practice using education, collaboration and evidence-based interventions. With her roots set in educational and developmental psychology, Dr Rabba understands the intersectionality of conditions and implements a transdiagnostic approach in clinical research and practice.

Research interests

Dr Rabba's research interests centre on neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan. Her key work explores the intersectionality of autism with mental illness; family and parent wellbeing; assessment and diagnosis of autism from early childhood to older adulthood. Understanding diagnostic overshadowing and autistic burnout is particularly important in this context, given the high co-occurrence of neurodevelopmental conditions with mental illness. From a therapeutic perspective, Dr Rabba's clinical experience has led her to further examine and understand the use of effective brief therapeutic modalities (i.e., single session therapy) and mindfulness based therapies (i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) within a values driven and behavioural framework.  

From a positive psychology perspective, Dr Rabba's research is focused on understanding protective factors in neurodivergent people that lead to resilience and belonging and prevent mental ill-health.

On a broader scale, Dr Rabba is interested in neurodiversity affirming practices and supporting the mental wellbeing of neurodivergent people. She has expertise in co-designed research, qualitative methodology and mixed-methods approaches.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Psychological Sciences and Autism, PhD, La Trobe University

Award Date: 13 May 2020

Educational Psychology, Masters, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 11 Dec 2013

Disability Studies (Autism and Intellectual Disability), Masters, Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2010

External positions

Associate Editor, Educational and Developmental Psychologist

2022 → …

Secretary, College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society

2022 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, La Trobe University

2020 → …

Research area keywords

  • Autism
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Diagnostic Overshadowing
  • Translational Research
  • Belonging
  • Positive Psychology
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Transdiagnostic Mechanisms of Psychopathology
  • Family and Parent Wellbeing
  • Neurodiversity
  • Inclusion
  • Healthcare Equity

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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