Hannah Kirk


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Dr Hannah Kirk is a Developmental Neuroscientist and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, at Monash University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Newcastle University (UK) and a PhD in Psychological Sciences from Monash University (Australia). 

Her research focuses on understanding the development of cognitive, behavioural and academic skills in childhood, and crucially how this knowledge can be translated in to tangible support tools for families, educators and healthcare professionals. In particularly, Dr Kirk's research focuses on children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome and Williams syndrome.

She was awarded the APS Thesis Award for Studies in the Psychology of Intellectual Disability and Autism (2016) and is the inventor of a novel attention training program (Tali Train). This program is now being used by children and schools around the world.  

Dr Kirk's research has received extensive coverage on mainstream media and she gives regular interviews on radio. She was recently named one of ABC Radio National's Top 5 Scientists (2019). 

Dr Kirk has previously worked as an executive at a public listed medical technology company - Novita Healthcare. In the role of Chief Research Officer she led the research, development and commercialisation of the Tali Train program. Her strong connections with industry allow Dr Kirk to translate her research in to tangible outcomes for children and families impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders. 

External positions

Chief Research Officer, Novita Healthcare Ltd

1 Feb 20151 Jan 2018

Research area keywords

  • attention
  • childhood
  • developmental psychology
  • developmental disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • intellectual disability
  • williams syndrome
  • down syndrome
  • cognitive training
  • learning

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2013 2019

Are we really in an attention crisis, or are digital technologies getting a bad rap?

Kirk, H., 19 Aug 2019, ABC.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Gamified Attention Training in the Primary School Classroom: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Kirk, H. E., Spencer-Smith, M., Wiley, J. F. & Cornish, K. M., 13 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Attention Disorders. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Training attention in children with acquired brain injury: a study protocol of a randomised controlled trial of the TALI attention training programme

Mckay, E., Richmond, S., Kirk, H., Anderson, V., Catroppa, C. & Cornish, K., 4 Dec 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 12, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

Kirk, H., 20 Jul 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access


ABC Top 5 Science Scholar

Hannah Kirk (Recipient), 15 Jul 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Business and Higher Education Round Table Award

Hannah Kirk (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Deans Award for Research Excellence – Research Enterprise

Hannah Kirk (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Finalist- Top 5: The Australian Innovation Award

Hannah Kirk (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2019

Presentation at My Special Child Expo in Geelong

Hannah Kirk (Performer)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Lecturer: Atypical Development (PSY4130) – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hannah Kirk (Speaker)
Aug 2019

Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsOther

Lecturer: Abnormal Psychology (PSY3032) – Childhood Disorder

Hannah Kirk (Speaker)
Aug 2019

Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsOther

Lecturer: Research and Application (PSY3032),

Hannah Kirk (Speaker)
Oct 2018

Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsOther

American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Journal)

Hannah Kirk (Peer reviewer)
Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility