Avril Brereton


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Avril works in the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as a Senior Research Fellow. She has worked in the field of autism for over thirty years in a variety of settings.

She has research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a praticular focus in the area of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Avril also provides consultatio to community health, education and welfare agencies and educational workshops for parents and professionals.

Research interests

Autism: parent - based interventions, early childhood and adolescence, genetic basis of autism, and parental mental health


  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Asperger's Disorder
  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Comorbidity
  • Education and Skills Training

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Projects 2002 2011

Research Output 1997 2018

Trends in the Overlap of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Prevalence, Clinical Management, Language and Genetics

May, T., Brignell, A., Hawi, Z., Brereton, A., Tonge, B., Bellgrove, M. A. & Rinehart, N., 17 Jan 2018, In : Current Developmental Disorders Reports. 5, 1, p. 49-57 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalScientific ReviewOtherpeer-review

Autism spectrum disorder: An update for GPs

Brereton, A. V. & Tonge, B., 1 May 2017, In : Medicine Today. 18, 5, p. 42-48 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Adult outcomes in autism: community inclusion and living skills

Gray, K. M., Keating, C., Taffe, J. R., Brereton, A. V., Einfeld, S. L., Reardon, T. C. & Tonge, B. J., 2014, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 44, 12, p. 3006 - 3015 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A randomised group comparison controlled trial of 'preschoolers with autism': a parent education and skills training intervention for young children with autistic disorder

Tonge, B. J., Brereton, A. V., Kiomall, M. C., Mackinnon, A. J. & Rinehart, N. J., 2014, In : Autism: the international journal of research and practice. 18, 2, p. 166 - 177 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review