Diana Tan

Visiting PhD Student

Diana is a Visiting PhD Student at the ARC, working on the foetal testosterone project under the supervision of Dr. Amber Ruigrok and Dr. Rosemary Holt. She completed a BSc in Psychology with First Class Honours. Her honours research investigated facial and vocal features of young adults with high and low levels of autistic traits.

Diana expanded this area of research in her PhD which studies the relationship between testosterone, autistics traits and the masculinisation of faces and voices. She is currently in the final year of her PhD, co-supervised by Professor Murray Maybery, University of Western Australia, and Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Telethon Kids Institute.



Gilani, S. Z., Tan, D. W., Russell-Smith, S. N., Maybery, M. T., Mian, A., Eastwood, P. R., . . . Whitehouse, A. J. O. (2015). Sexually dimorphic facial features vary according to level of autistic-like traits in the general population. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 7(14), 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s11689-015-9109-6

Tan, D. W.*, Russell-Smith, S. N.*, Simons, J. M., Maybery, M. T., Leung, D., Ng, H. L. H., & Whitehouse, A. J. O. (2015). Perceived gender ratings for high and low scorers on the autism-spectrum quotient consistent with the extreme male brain account of autism. PLoS One, 10(7), 1-9. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131780

Whitehouse, A. J. O., Gilani, S. Z., Shafait, F., Mian, A., Tan, D. W., Maybery, M. T., …, Eastwood, P. (2015). Perinatal testosterone exposure is related to sexually dimorphic facial morphology in adulthood. Proceedings B of Royal Society.

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