This website is designed for girls and women with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This blog is designed not only to notify girls and women with ASD of ways that they can be involved in research, but also to provide information on upcoming conferences, and to profile prominent ASD figures, researchers and clinicians.

My name is Alexandra Fulton (previously Head) and I am a PhD student, studying at Deakin University in Melbourne.

I am currently in the final stages of data collection for my PhD. I just need a few more participants to be completely done with data collection. This need for recruiting participants has led me to realise that my experience (difficulty recruiting participants) is not unique.

As such, I hope that this site can not only be a place where girls and women can connect, but also a place where researchers can advertise their research, reach participants and allow potential participants to connect directly with researchers.

 I was the co-chair of the former Female ASD Special Interest Group at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). This group had two highly successful meetings.

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    • alexmhead says:

      Hi Christie!

      We are very excited too and we are glad to know that there are other people out there who are just as interested in the area! What is your main interest in the field? Will we be seeing you in San Sebastian this year?

      Best regards,


  1. Marta Patiño says:

    It will not be possible for me to get IMFAR 2013 although I´m very interested in. I´m a mother of a single four years old little girl who has been diagnosed ASD in nov.2011 (she was almost 3 years old).
    Since autism fenotipe is quite different between males & females I´m more than pleased with your initiative, and will follow you up through this blog.
    Please let me know if we could be helpful somehow via email.or through this. Regards, and please do not forget to take a time to enjoy Donostia & Spain.

    • alexmhead says:

      Hi Marta,

      Thank you for your post! It is a shame you will not be able to join us in Spain, but we will be sure to keep you updated through the Blog.

      Best regards,


  2. Omar Cauli says:

    good Idea and grat project!! one of our aims at University of Valencia, Spain is finding specific biomarkers for ASD in girls and to chracterized their phenotype!!
    . Dr.Cauli O.

    • alexmhead says:

      Dear Dr Cauli,

      Thank you for your post! We are very excited about the SIG and we hope that it will continue to make an impact on the area of females with ASD. Were you able to attend IMFAR this year in San Sebastian? We’d love to hear more about your research!

      Best regards,

      SIG Co-chair

  3. j9 says:

    My daughter thinks she has BPD but her brother was diagnosed Asperger’s 12 years ago & now I’m wondering if my daughter, who is now 18, may be asperger’s & we may have missed it. She’s been depressed on & off for at least 10 years.

    • alexmhead says:


      Thank you for your post. Not having met your daughter we can’t comment on whether or not she has ASD. However, it is not uncommon for girls to go undiagnosed until later in life. If you are concerned, we suggest contacting your family doctor who will be able to provide you with a referral to a clinician.

      Best of luck!

      Alex and Will

  4. Rene Jamison says:

    I noticed there was not a special interest group scheduled to meet at IMFAR this year and was wondering if anyone from our group is going to the conference? I am excited to attend again this year and will be looking to connect with others doing research in this area.


  5. Jamdra Sureda says:

    I am the mother of a 14 year old female AND and am so glad there is a place that recognizes her as an individual rather than grouped with all (mostly boys) with Autism.

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