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Angela Wright Bennett Postdoctoral Fellow in Autism Research


Melissa is the inaugural Angela Wright Bennett Postdoctoral Fellow in Autism Research at the Telethon Kids Institute. She is currently leading a program of research within the team investigating the clinical presentation and intervention for movement-related difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Melissa sits on the boards for Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Australia Inc., the Australian DCD Alliance, and is the Australian representative on the working board for the International Society for Research into DCD. She is leading a national advocacy project (the Impact for DCD Initiative) working to improve awareness and support of movement-related difficulties, including identification and diagnostic practice and delivery of evidence-based interventions. She has also authored a children’s book (‘Sometimes I Find It Hard to Move My Body’).   

Melissa holds an honours degree in Science (University of Western Australia), and completed her doctoral studies examining involuntary movements in neurodevelopmental conditions (University of Western Australia). She has over ten years’ experience working as a lecturer and researcher, along with over 15 years clinical experience coordinating and directing movement programs for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.