Board member profiles

Lynda Chadwick (Chair)

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Ritu Campbell (Vice Chair)

Ritu Campbell is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, with a wide range of clinical experience and a specific interest in ASD. She has previously worked as a Senior Psychologist with Disability Services Commission. Ritu is a recognized specialist ASD assessor. She has been a long term member of WAADF, was the group´s initial Meeting Coordinator, and has been a board member and Vice Chair since its incorporation.

Robyn Weinstein (Treasurer)

Robyn Weinstein qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and in addition has a Diploma in Remedial Education.

Robyn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of the diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skill Difficulties, Speech (including Dyspraxia), Language & Literacy Development & Difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorders, Neuro-rehabilitation (including Traumatic Brain Injuries), and Rehabilitation of children with Hearing Losses.

Ongoing education and attendance of various conferences, lectures, workshops and courses on current research and treatment methods is a priority for Robyn.

Robyn is committed and passionate about working as part of a team, with families and most importantly the individual.

Sarah MacDermott (Secretary)

Sarah qualified as a Speech Language Pathologist at W.A.I.T. (now Curtin University) and then worked in a range of roles within Disability Services Commission. She then lived and worked in Los Angeles California and completed an MA in Education. Over the course of her career Sarah has worked in a variety of roles in home, clinic, centre based and school settings and increasingly specialized in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Sarah is Hanan Certified, is an SAS (Secret Agent Society) social skills program facilitator, and is currently completing a certification as a Special Needs Quality Life Coach.

Sarah is also the proud mother of twin daughters who are now young adults and who are both on the Autism Spectrum (this was included with their permission).

Sarah has been a longtime WAADF Board member and was the founding Chairperson of WAADF when it became incorporated in 2004.

Scott Sadler (Web Manager)

Scott has worked at Autism West for the last four years, managing the organisations IT, website, and more. Scott is also on the autism spectrum, has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and also worked in a library for almost 10 years.

Tania Dawson (Web Forum Moderator)

Tania Dawson is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in the Autism field locally and internationally in Indonesia and New Zealand. She has worked as an ABA programmer and therapist, specialist Autism assessor and private clinician providing counselling to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health conditions and their families. She has also worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in Women's Health in W.A.

Carolyn Lynch (Membership Officer)

Carolyn is a Certified Practicing speech pathologist with 15 years' experience working in the paediatric disability sector as well as the private sector.

Since 2008 Carolyn has worked predominantly with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she has a keen interest in the Australian based research for people with ASD. For several years Carolyn has specialised in ASD assessment and diagnosis and has been a participating member of the WAADF for several years.

Anthea Dobson (Information Distributor)

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Susan Rosendorff (Ordinary Member)

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Johana Stefan (Ordinary Member)

Dr Johana Stefan is a dual fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and the Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, with certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia and is also involved in postgraduate teaching and examination of psychiatrists and paediatricians in training. She has worked as a child psychiatrist in a variety of hospital and community settings in WA, in both public and private practice.

Alpana Kulkarni (Ordinary Member)

Dr Alpana Kulkarni has extensive experience in the management of a wide range of medical, developmental and behavioural problems in children and young people from 0-18 years of age. She is a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2005. She was awarded Telethon Fellowship in 2004 for research in autism phenotype genotype study.

She has been working as General and Behavioural /Developmental Pediatrician at Child Development Centre (West Perth and Armadale) and in the private sector (Wexford Kids, Suite 49 ,Wexford Medical Centre -SJOG ) since 2005. She is also appointed as Senior Clinical Lecturer at School of Paediatrics and Child Health (UWA). She is a member of the Neurobehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).

Carole Caccetta (Ordinary Member)

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Jenny Hogan (Ordinary Member)

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Regina Ledo (Ordinary Member)

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