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Leona is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. She has worked in paediatric neuropsychology for over nine years, particularly in the area of preterm birth. She recently completed her PhD (2019), which focused on exploring intrinsic motivation in extremely preterm children and understanding the role of individual differences in cognitive training. She is involved in a range of longitudinal observational and neuroimaging cohort studies and randomised controlled trials. Leona has strong research links with the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study (VICS) at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

Research interests

  • Understanding the contribution of neurobiological, child and environmental factors to cognitive development
  • Exploring protective factors that build cognitive resilience in children
  • Applying and developing intervention strategies for optimising cognitive and behavioural outcomes in vulnerable groups of children

Research area keywords

  • Neurodevelopment
  • Preterm birth
  • Cognition
  • Approaches to learning
  • Intervention


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