Professor Stewart Einfeld is the Chair of Mental Health, Centre of Disability research and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, and is a Senior Scientist at the Brain and Mind Research Institute.
Professor Einfeld has research and teaching interests in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability and its genetic causes and autism. He is co-developer of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist. This instrument is widely used in clinical and research settings both within Australia and internationally, and has been translated into 21 languages. Professor Einfeld is co-Chief Investigator of the Australian Child to Adult Development (ACAD) Study, now in its 20th year, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and National Institutes of Health. This study examines a broad range of biological, psychological and social factors of potential protection and vulnerability in the development of behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with intellectual handicap. These include genetic, family, educational, vocational and residential aspects. A major report on the project was published in JAMA.
Professor Einfeld is currently the lead investigator an NHMRC Program Grant evaluating a population roll out of a parenting program for parents of children with disabilities. He is also the lead investigator on a parenting program for indigenous families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Through advocacy, presentations and writings, Professor Einfeld has played a major role in promoting a re-emergence of interest in intellectual disability in the psychiatric profession in NSW in particular. Professor Einfeld’s awards include the World Health Organisation Travelling Fellow, Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Junior Travel Award, National Research Prize from the Australian Society for Study of Intellectual Deficiency, Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Australasian Research Paper. Professor Einfeld has received over $13M in competitive grants from national and international granting bodies.
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