Dr. Singhal has extensive experience providing psychological services to persons with autism and their family members. As a PI or co-Investigator on several grants, Dr. Singhal laid the groundwork for autism research in India. She helped develop and establish an IRB for Action for Autism, which was critically important to ensure that research on autism in India is conducted with high standards and clear consideration of ethical issues. Dr. Singhal coordinates research collaborations with other institutes, and mentors graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post doctoral students interested in researching the field of autism in India. Dr. Singhal’s own research has focused on two primary areas: development of a tool for screening, diagnosis and functional skills assessment in autism, and on the topic of psychosocial support for families of children with autism. Her research interests include studying the sociocultural interplay and its influence on development of and access to services for people with autism; researching the autistic symptomatology, building upon screening and diagnostic markers, clinical epidemiology; the role of culture in the parental experience of autism, and development of parent empowerment programs.
Dr Singhal is recognized as an expert on autism by the Indian statutory body responsible for training professionals in India. Her experience with working with hundreds of families gives her an astute grasp on the movement of autism in India.