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Biography

I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences. I am Deputy Lead of the Neurodevelopment Program at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Sciences at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

I completed a PhD in the area of child neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne (2008), and during this time spent three months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada (2006). My postdoctoral research has been conducted at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (2008-2011) and University of Melbourne (2009) in Australia. I was a Swiss National Science Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Bern Children’s Hospital (2011) in Switzerland, and a Department of Neuroscience Research Fellow at the Karolinska Institute (2011-2013) in Sweden.

 

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Research interests

My research aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the development of children's cognitive abilities, behavioural and academic functioning, and how to improve these. The themes of my research are: 

1. Cognitive training in paediatric populations: My recent research focuses on the conditions under which training leads to long-term benefits, the application of cognitive training in paediatric populations, and identifying the subgroups of children who benefit most from training.

2. Development of cognitive abilities, academic and behavioural functions: Much of my research has centred on understanding variability in developmental outcomes. I work with normally developing children and clinical populations, including children born preterm or with agenesis of the corpus callosum.

I conduct cohort studies and randomised controlled trials using a combination of measures, including neuropsychological, behavioual and clinical assessments, and neuroimaging.

Monash teaching commitment

PSY2071 - Developmental Psychology

PSY4130 - Developmental Psychology and Clinical Neuroscience

PSY4271 - Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Research area keywords

  • child neuropsychology
  • academic performance
  • working memory
  • cognitive training
  • developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • executive function
  • mathematical performance

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