Researcher biography

Dr Damian Santomauro is a research fellow for the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease (PEABOD) Research Group based at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR), Queensland, Australia. He is also an affiliate assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, for his work on the Global Burden of Disease Study where he is responsible for the epidemilogical modelling of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), fetal alcohol syndrome, and alcohol dependence. Damian's PhD investigated emotion regulation in adolescents and young adults with ASD. This project involved managing the first randomised controlled trial of a group cognitive behavioural intervention targeting depression in adolescents with ASD ever conducted. Damian has a keen interest in statistics and research methodology and currently acts as PEABOD's resident statistician.