Laurie McLay

Associate ProfessorDr Laurie McLay

Deputy Head of School
Rehua 303
Internal Phone: 93522

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research interests include investigating the effectiveness of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. This includes research into preference-enhanced communication systems, treatments for sleep disturbance in children with autism, toilet training, and Functional Behavioural Assessment.

I am the Principal Investigator for The Good Nights Programme at the University of Canterbury. This programme of research focuses on investigating the effectiveness of functional behavioural assessment (FBA) informed interventions for sleep problems in children and adolescents with developmental disorders and the secondary benefits of improving sleep on parent and child wellbeing. In 2017, I was awarded a Health Research Council Early Career Researcher Grant ($160,000) and in 2018, I was awarded an Marsden Fast-Start Researcj Grant ($300,000) to support this programme of research.

Recent Publications

  • Hunter JE., McLay LK., France KG., Swit CS. and Blampied NM. (2022) Parent Perceptions of Sleep-Related Stereotypy Within Sleep Problems in Children on the Autism Spectrum: Implications for Behavioral Treatment. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41252-022-00246-w.
  • Lang R., Muharib R., Rispoli M. and McLay L. (2022) Suggestions for training preservice practitioners to appraise evidence-based practice using EBCAI’s research commentaries. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention 16(1): 39-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17489539.2022.2069468.
  • McLay LK., Bowden NJ., Eggleston MJF., Thabrew H., Braund R. and Schluter PJ. (2022) Melatonin dispensing and polypharmacy rates for New Zealand children with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders: A nationwide pharmacoepidemiological study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 93 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101948.
  • McLay LL., France KG., Blampied NM., Hunter JE., van Deurs JR., Woodford EC., Gibbs R. and Lang R. (2022) Collateral Child and Parent Effects of Function‑Based Behavioral Interventions for Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 52(5): 2258-2273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05116-3.
  • Seo J., France K., McLay L. and Waddington H. (2022) Parents’ Perceptions of Coaching and Low-Intensity Therapy for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders 6(1): 65-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41252-021-00233-7.