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About Jac

I'm a research psychologist and Autistic activist working in pursuit of social justice. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, where I investigate structural and systemic inequities in autism research. In 2015, I was awarded an Autism CRC scholarship to complete my PhD through the Autism Centre of Excellence at Griffith University in Brisbane. In late 2019, I made my TEDx debut with a viral talk that has accrued more than 900,000 views to date. Prior to my research career, I gained 10 years’ experience as a psychologist in the criminal justice system.


I am proudly neurodivergent and queer, and I use they/them pronouns. After participating in the inaugural Future Leaders Program at the 2013 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, I quickly became established as a strong advocate for the Autistic community. I am a Deputy Editor for the journal Autism in Adulthood, a founding member of the INSAR Autistic Researchers Committee, and a member of Aspect’s Advisory Council.

A picture of Jac den Houting, a white-skinned person with shoulder-length dark hair. They are shown from the waist up, wearing a grey suit jacket and a white t-shirt with the word "Autistic" written on it. Jac is speaking into a headset microphone and gesturing with their hands.
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