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Dr Emma Baker
Dr Emma Baker is a post-doctoral Research Officer within the Diagnosis and Development group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Dr Baker is an autism specialist with extensive experience working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders that present with an autism phenotype, including Fragile X, Prader-Willi, Angelman and Chromosome 15 Duplication Syndromes. She is a certified trainer of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in Australia, and regularly trains medical and allied health professionals on identifying and understanding autism spectrum disorders throughout the lifespan.
Dr Baker's primary research interests are to understand the developmental trajectories of individuals with FXS and Chromosome 15 (C15) imprinting disorders, particularly the comorbid conditions (e.g., autism and intellectual disability) experienced by these individuals, and to determine the epigenetic aetiology of these comorbidities. She completed her PhD in 2017 at La Trobe University, and is an Honorary Fellow with the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.
2010: La Trobe University, School of Psychological Science, Most Outstanding Fourth Year Thesis Award
2012 - 2016: La Trobe University, Post-Graduate Scholarship
2013: Australasian Sleep Association Conference, Student Travel Award
2016: International Meeting for Autism Research, Student Travel Award
2017: International Meeting for Autism Research, Student Travel Award
Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., Hazi, A., & Prendergast, L. A. (In Press). Assessing a hyperarousal hypothesis of insomnia in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research.
Baker E. K., Godler, D. E., BuiM., Hickerton, C., RogersC., Field., M, Amor, D. J., BrethertonL. (2018). Exploring Autism Symptoms in an Australian Cohort of Patients with Prader-Willi and Angelman Syndromes. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. IF: 4.129.
Arpone, M., Baker E. K., Godler, D. E. (2018). Intragenic DNA Methylation in Buccal Epithelial Cells and Intellectual Functioning in a Paediatric Cohort of Males with fragile X Syndrome. Scientific Reports, 8, 3644. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21990-x. IF: 4.259.
Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., & Hazi, A. (2018). Short Report: Employment Status is related to Sleep Problems in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and No Comorbid Intellectual Impairment. Autism. doi: 10.1177/1362361317745857. IF: 3.684.
Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., Hazi, A., Prendergast, L. A (2017). Assessing the Dim Light Melatonin Onset in Adults with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2120-2137. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3122-4. IF: 4.099.
Baker, E. K. & Richdale, A. L. (2017). Examining the Behavioural Sleep-Wake Rhythm in Adults with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 1207-1222. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3042-3. IF: 4.099.
Bavin, E. L., Kidd, E., Prendergast, L., & Baker, E. (2016). Young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder follow verb biases in sentence processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-12. IF: 2.321.
Baker, E. K. & Richdale A. L. (2015). Sleep patterns in adults with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Sleep, 38, 1765-1774. IF: 5.671.
Barrett, S. L., Uljarevic, M., Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L. Jones, C. R. G., & Leekam, S. R. (2015). The adult repetitive behaviours questionnaire – 2 (RBQ-2A): A self-report measure of restricted and repetitive behaviours. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3680-3692. IF: 4.099.
Bavin, E. L., Kidd, E., Prendergast, L., Baker, E. & Dissanayake, C. (2015). Online processing of sentences containing noun modification in young children with high-functioning autism. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 51, 137-147. IF: 2.195.
Bavin, E. L., Kidd, E., Prendergast, L. Baker, E., Dissanayake, C., & Prior, M. (2014). Severity of autism is related to language processing. Autism Research, 7, 687-694. IF: 3.765.
Richdale, A. L., Baker, E., Short, M., & Gradisar, M. (2014). The role of insomnia, pre-sleep arousal and psychopathology symptoms in daytime impairment in adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Sleep Medicine, 15, 1082-1088. IF: 3.812.
Richdale A.L. & Baker, E. K. (2014). Sleep in individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability: recent research papers. Current Developmental Disorder Reports,1, 74-85. H-Index: 13.
Baker, E., Richdale, A., Short, M., & Gradisar, M. (2013). An Investigation of Sleep Patterns in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Compared with Typically Developing Adolescents. Developmental Neurorehabilitation,16, 155-165. IF: 2.050.
Baker, E. K. , Ballester, P., & Richdale, A. L. (In Press). Sleep in Autistic Adults. In A. L. Richdale, K. Johnson and M. Bauman. Advances in Sleep Disorders: Autism.
Baker, E. K. & Richdale, A. L. (2018). Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders in children with developmental disabilities. In J. Accardo. Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
Bavin, E. L. & Baker, E. K. (2016). Sentence processing in young children with ASD. In L. Naigles. Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder.