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Lorna Hankin

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. 

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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

Research interests include:

- Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

- Strengths-based approaches to assessment and diagnosis 

- Autism in the workplace

- Neurodiversity-affirming approaches

Publication highlights


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