Staff profile - Nicole Rinehart

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Prof Nicole Rinehart

Position: Professor Of Psychology (Clinical)
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45469 +61 3 924 45469



Nicole Rinehart holds the appointments of:

  • Professor, Clinical Psychology, Deakin University,
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and
  • Adjunct Professor, Clinical Psychology at Monash University. 

Nicole has published over 70 Journal articles and book chapters on autism, Asperger's disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  She has been involved in research grants for neurodevelopmental disorders totaling over 4 million dollars of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, ARC, Neurosciences Victoria, and other international funding bodies. 

Nicole currently supervises a large group of PhD and Clinical Doctoral Students.  Nicole has a broad profile of engagement with the community, including consultation (Clinical Psychologist) at the Melbourne Children’s Clinic, and regular engagement with schools in the community.  

NIcole has contributed to the NHMRC Clinical Practice Statement for ADHD and the revision of the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines for Developmental Disabilities.  She is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Autism.


  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Deakin University, 1996



Recent Publications

Hill, A. T., Fitzgibbon, B. M., Arnold, S. L., Rinehart, N. J., Fitzgerald, P. B., & Enticott, P. G. (In Press). Modulation of putative mirror neuron activity by both positively and negatively valenced affective stimuli: A TMS study. Behavioural Brain Research.

Johnson, B.P., Rinehart, N.J., White, O., Millist, L., Fielding, J. (In Press) Saccade adaptation in children with autism and Asperger’s disorder. Neuroscience.

Langmaid, R., Papadopoulos, N., Johnson, B., Phillips, J., & Rinehart, N.J. (In Press). Handwriting in children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Langmaid, R.A., Papadopoulos, P., Johnson, B.P., Phillips, J., & Rinehart N.J.,   (In Press) Movement scaling in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Combined Type.   Journal of Attention Disorders.

Tonge, B., Brereton, A.V., Kiomall, M., Mackinnon, A., & Rinehart, N.J.  (In Press). A  Randomized Controlled trial of a parent based early intervention for pre schoolers with autism: Child Outcomes.  Autism Research and Treatment.

May, T., Rinehart, N.J., & Cornish, K. (In Press). The role of attention in the academic attainment of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

May, T., Cornish, K., & Rinehart, N. (In Press). Gender profiles of behavioural attention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.   Journal of Attention Disorders.

Papadopoulos, N., Rinehart, N.J., Bradshaw, J., Taffe, J., & McGinley, J. (In Press) Brief report: Is there a link between motor performance variability and social-communicative impairment in children with ADHD-CT on an upper limb Fitts’ aiming task. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Enticott, P. G., Kennedy, H. A., Rinehart, N. J., Tonge, B. J., Bradshaw, J. L., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (In Press). GABAergic activity in autism spectrum disorders: An investigation of cortical inhibition via transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuropharmacology.

Tonge, B., Brereton, A., Kiomall, M., Mackinnon, A., & Rinehart, N.J. (In Press). A randomised group comparison controlled trial of preschoolers with autism. A parent education and skills training intervention for young children with autistic disorder.  Autism.

Johnson, B., Phillips, J., Papadopoulos, N., Fielding, J., Tonge, B., & R et al.  (2013).  Understanding macrographia in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34, 2917-2926

Papadopoulos, N., Rinehart, N., Bradshaw, J., & McGinley, J. (2013). Brief Report: Children with ADHD without autism do not have impaired motor proficiency on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 43(6), 1477-82.

Philpott, A. L., Rinehart, N. J., Gray, K. M., Howlin, P., & Cornish, K. (2013). Understanding of mental states in later childhood: An investigation of theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder and typical development with a novel task. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities.  59(2), 108–117

Johnson, B.P., Rinehart, N.J., White, O., Millist, L., Fielding, J. (2012) A closer look at visually guided saccades in autism and Asperger's disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 6,99.

Sivaratnam, C., Cornish, K., Gray, K.M., Howlin, P., & Rinehart, N. (2012). Assessment of the Social-Emotional Profile in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using a Novel Comic Strip Task.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(11), 2505-2512.

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