Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 13/12/1999
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 10/07/1990
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Queensland, 03/05/1991


Research keywords

  • autism
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • children
  • occupational therapy
  • sensory
  • sensory subtypes

Research expertise

My name is Alison Lane and I study sensory features in Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The focus of my work to date has been to identify sensory subtypes in Autism. My studies show that sensory features in Autism vary on the basis of parent reports of the frequency of the behaviours and the sensory modalities affected. Further, these subtypes relate to distinct neural profiles and patterns of challenging behaviours. My current work seeks to validate the use of sensory features as a method of classifying individuals with Autism into clinically meaningful phenotypes. To this end, I am involved in studies examining neurophysiological variation in sensory subtypes (e.g. using event-related potentials, heart rate and electrodermal responsivity). Future studies will explore differential response to treatment in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on sensory subtype classification and chart the emergence of sensory subtypes pre-diagnostically in early childhood.


  • English

Fields of Research

170112Sensory Processes, Perception And Performance60
110321Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)40


Teaching keywords

  • autism
  • child development
  • evidence based practice
  • neurodevelopmental disability
  • occupational therapy
  • professional practice
  • research methods


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Journal article (25 outputs)

2014Eldridge J, Lane AE, Belkin M, Dennis S, 'Robust features for the automatic identification of autism spectrum disorder in children.', J Neurodev Disord, 6 12 (2014) [C1]
2014Lane AE, Geraghty ME, Young GS, Rostorfer JL, 'Problem eating behaviors in autism spectrum disorder are associated with suboptimal daily nutrient intake and taste/smell sensitivity', Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition, 6 172-180 (2014) [C1]
2014Lane AE, Molloy CA, Bishop SL, 'Classification of children with autism spectrum disorder by sensory subtype: A case for sensory-based phenotypes', Autism Research, 7 322-333 (2014) [C1]
2014Lane AE, Heathcock JC, 'Early sensory-motor signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for clinical practice', Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 37 1-3 (2014) [C3]
2014Schaaf RC, Lane AE, 'Toward a Best-Practice Protocol for Assessment of Sensory Features in ASD', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, (2014)
2013Egelhoff K, Lane AE, 'Brief Report: Preliminary Reliability, Construct Validity and Standardization of the Auditory Behavior Questionnaire (ABQ) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders', JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 43 978-984 (2013) [C1]
2013Phillips RL, Olds T, Boshoff K, Lane AE, 'Measuring activity and participation in children and adolescents with disabilities: A literature review of available instruments', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 288-300 (2013) [D1]
2012Case-Smith J, Holland T, Lane A, White S, 'Effect of a Coteaching Handwriting Program for First Graders: One-Group Pretest-Posttest Design', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 66 396-405 (2012) [C1]
2012Lane A, Harpster K, Heathcock J, 'Motor Characteristics of Young Children Referred for Possible Autism Spectrum Disorder', PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY, 24 21-29 (2012) [C1]
2011Raghavendra P, Virgo R, Olsson C, Connell T, Lane AE, 'Activity participation of children with complex communication needs, physical disabilities and typically-developing peers', DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION, 14 145-155 (2011) [C1]
2011Lane AE, Dennis SJ, Geraghty ME, 'Brief Report: Further Evidence of Sensory Subtypes in Autism', JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 41 826-831 (2011) [C1]
2010Geraghty ME, Depasquale GM, Lane AE, 'Nutritional Intake and Therapies in Autism: A Spectrum of What We Know: Part 1', ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 2 62-69 (2010) [C1]
2010Geraghty ME, Bates-Wall J, Ratliff-Schaub K, Lane AE, 'Nutritional Interventions and Therapies in Autism: A Spectrum of What We Know: Part 2', ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 2 120-133 (2010) [C1]
2010Lane AE, Ziviani JM, 'Factors influencing skilled use of the computer mouse by school-aged children', COMPUTERS & EDUCATION, 55 1112-1122 (2010) [C1]
2010Taylor RL, Olds T, Boshoff K, Lane AE, 'Children's conceptualization of the term 'satisfaction': relevance for measuring health outcomes', CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, 36 663-669 (2010) [C1]
2010Maher CA, Williams MT, Olds T, Lane AE, 'An internet-based physical activity intervention for adolescents with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial', DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY, 52 448-455 (2010) [C1]
2010Lane AE, Young RL, Baker AEZ, Angley MT, 'Sensory Processing Subtypes in Autism: Association with Adaptive Behavior', JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 40 112-122 (2010) [C1]
2010Gibbs D, Boshoff K, Lane A, 'Understanding parenting occupations in neonatal intensive care: application of the Person-Environment-Occupation Model', BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 73 55-63 (2010) [C3]
2008Baker AEZ, Lane A, Angley MT, Young RL, 'The relationship between sensory processing patterns and behavioural responsiveness in autistic disorder: A pilot study', JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 38 867-875 (2008) [C1]
2008Maher CA, Olds T, Williams MT, Lane AE, 'Self-reported quality of life in adolescents with cerebral palsy', Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 28 41-57 (2008) [C1]
2007Maher CA, Williams MT, Olds T, Lane AE, 'Physical and sedentary activity in adolescents with cerebral palsy', DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY, 49 450-457 (2007)
2003Lane A, Ziviani J, 'Assessing childrens competence in computer interactions: Preliminary reliability and validity of the test of mouse proficiency', OTJR-OCCUPATION PARTICIPATION AND HEALTH, 23 18-26 (2003)
2002Lane A, Ziviani J, 'Enabling computer access: Introduction to the test of mouse proficiency', OTJR-OCCUPATION PARTICIPATION AND HEALTH, 22 111-118 (2002)
1999Lane A, Ziviani J, 'Children's computer access: Analysis of the visual-motor demands of software designed for children', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62 19-25 (1999)
1997Lane AE, Ziviani JM, 'The suitability of the mouse for children's use: a review of the literature', Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 8 227-245 (1997) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

2006Lane AE, 'The science and fiction of autism', HEALTH (2006)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$1,500

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2015 (1 grants)

International Meeting for Autism Research, Utah USA, 14-16 May 2015$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Associate Professor Alison Lane
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152018PhD (Occupational Therapy)Principal SupervisorPreliminary Investigation of Sensory Features and Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Pre-Term Infants in the First Year of Life

Associate Professor Alison Lane

PositionAssociate Professor
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia