Lorna Hankin is a research officer at CAN Research. Her primary focus is supporting the academic and professional staff with a variety of research initiatives, including managing the recruitment and assessment processes for multiple trials. She is currently undertaking a Master's of Clinical Psychology.
Lorna works across a number of trials to coordinate recruitment and conduct assessments. She also coordinates the Community Consultation Committee and co-facilitates CBT social confidence group sessions for young autistic adults.
Lorna has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a BA(Hons) English Literature and Language from the University of Liverpool, in the UK.
She recently completed her Honours thesis, exploring how parent-identified strengths in children with neurodevelopmental conditions can be harnessed to inform a more strengths-based approach to neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessments and reports.
Prior to joining CAN Research, Lorna worked as a communications and client services professional for a variety of mental health, wellbeing and not-for-profit organisations.
Research interests include:
- Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders
- Strengths-based approaches to assessment and diagnosis
- Autism in the workplace
- Neurodiversity-affirming approaches