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Dr Kelsie Boulton

Dr Kelsie Boulton is a Research Fellow in the CAN Research team. Her current research focuses on identifying common needs for children and families with neurodevelopmental conditions, and developing innovative, evidence-based therapies to improve outcomes for these groups.

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Kelsie completed her PhD in 2019, with her doctoral work focussing on attentional and behavioural underpinnings of social processing in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders.


She works closely with services across the Sydney Children's Hospital Network to integrate research with clinical practice and identify and respond to transdiagnostic needs in children and families accessing these services.


As part of her role with the CAN Research team, Kelsie is also an investigator on two national clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of innovative therapies to improve social communication and reduce social anxiety in autism. 

Research interests

Research interests include:

- Social development

- Neurodevelopmental conditions

- Transdiagnostic research 

- Mental health

Publication highlights

Boulton, K. A., Raghupathy, V., Guastella, A. J., & Bowden, M. R. (2022). Reducing seclusion use in an Australian child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit. Journal of Affective Disorders, 305, 1-7.

Boulton, K. A., & Guastella, A. J. (2022). The Importance of Experimental Investigation of the CNS Oxytocin System. In Oxytocin (pp. 53-65). Humana, New York, NY.

Hilton, M. N., Boulton, K. A., Kozlowska, K., McClure, G., & Guastella, A. J. (2022). The co-occurrence of neurodevelopmental disorders in gender dysphoria: Characteristics within a paediatric treatment-seeking cohort and factors that predict distress pertaining to gender. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 149, 281-286.

Griffin, Z. A., Boulton, K. A., Thapa, R., DeMayo, M. M., Ambarchi, Z., Thomas, E., ... & Guastella, A. J. (2022). Atypical sensory processing features in children with autism, and their relationships with maladaptive behaviors and caregiver strain. Autism Research.

Boulton, K. A., Coghill, D., Silove, N., Pellicano, E., Whitehouse, A. J., Bellgrove, M. A., ... & Guastella, A. J. (2021). A national harmonised data collection network for neurodevelopmental disorders: A transdiagnostic assessment protocol for neurodevelopment, mental health, functioning and well‐being. JCPP Advances, 1(4), e12048.

Zopf, R., Boulton, K., Langdon, R., Rich, A. (2021). Perception of visual-tactile asynchrony, bodily perceptual aberrations, and bodily illusions in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 228, 534-540.

Boulton, K. A., & Guastella, A. J. (2021). Social anxiety symptoms in autism spectrum disorder and social anxiety disorder: Considering the reliability of self‐report instruments in adult cohorts. Autism Research, 14(11), 2383-2392.

Bemmer, E. R., Boulton, K. A., Thomas, E. E., Larke, B., Lah, S., Hickie, I. B., & Guastella, A. J. (2021). Modified CBT for social anxiety and social functioning in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Molecular Autism, 12(1), 1-15.

Hodge, M. A., Boulton, K. A., Sutherland, R., Barnett, D., Bennett, B., Chan, E., ... & Silove, N. (2021). Predictors of adaptive functioning in preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 14(7), 1444-1455.

Patel, S., Boulton, K. A., Redoblado-Hodge, M. A., Papanicolaou, A., Barnett, D., Bennett, B., ... & Guastella, A. J. (2021). The acceptability and efficacy of electronic data collection in a hospital Neurodevelopmental clinic: Pilot Questionnaire study. JMIR Formative Research, 5(1), e18214.

Boulton, K. A., & Porter, M. A. (2020). Extending the positive bias in Williams syndrome: The influence of biographical information on attention allocation. Development and Psychopathology, 32(1), 243-256.

Boulton, K., & Guastella, A. (2020). Measuring Social Anxiety in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Psychometric Properties of Self-Report Instruments.


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