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Dr Peter Anderson is Professor of Paediatric Neuropsychology in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University.  He is the Lead of the Neurodevelopment Research Program at the Turner Institute, Group Leader of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Scientist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  He is the Founder and Chair of the Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Network, on the Board of Directors for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), on the Executive of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine (2009 - 2023), and a member of the follow-up subcommittee of the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN). 

Prof Anderson's research focuses on understanding brain and cognitive development following early brain insults, and for the past 20 years his program has centered on neonatal conditions, especially infants born very preterm.  His research is internationally known for integrating neuroimaging in prospective longitudinal studies of sick neonates.  He is also heavily involved in large longitudinal observational studies, designing and evaluating the benefits of early intervention and cognitive training programs, and assessing the long-term consequences of perinatal interventions.

Prof Anderson is currently a NHMRC Leadership Fellow (2020-2024), and prior to that was a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2010 - 2019), University of Melbourne CR Roper Fellow (2008-2010), and NHMRC Training Fellow (2004-2007). His research has been continuously funded by NHMRC for the past 17 years, and he has published in excess of 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  His research is well cited and published in the leading medical, paediatric, neuroscience and psychology journals.  Training the next generation of researchers is a core aspect of Professor Anderson’s program, having successfully supervised 30 PhD/DPsych students to completion and mentored 20 post-doctoral fellows.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Fellow / Group Leader, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Research area keywords

  • cognitive development
  • brain development
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • paediatric neuropsychology
  • preterm birth
  • low birth weight
  • at-risk infants

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