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Senior Research Fellow


Melissa is a Senior Research Fellow in Child Disability 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 and neurological conditions.

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), completed doctoral studies examining motor function in children with neurodevelopmental conditions (University of Western Australia), and is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP, Murdoch University). 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 conditions.