Professor Andrew Whitehouse

Autism researcher and science communicator

2023 WA Australian of the Year Nominee

For more than two decades, Professor Andrew Whitehouse and his research team have significantly advanced research into autism, which affects about two per cent of the Australian population. Their knowledge has fundamentally improved clinical practice and community perceptions about autism.  

Andrew is Professor of Autism Research at both the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia. He led development of the first Australian guidelines for the diagnosis of autism and for supporting children with autism.  

His internationally renowned research program was the first to prove that parent-led therapy applied early in life can significantly reduce disability experienced by children with autism. 

Andrew has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is also a dedicated community advocate for autism and a renowned science communicator. 

Thanks to Andrew’s commitment and transformative work, Australians living with autism can now receive better, safe and effective therapies.