Deakin Child Study Centre

At the Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC), our ultimate goal is to help children and adolescents with developmental disorders.

Our researchers have a multidisciplinary approach and a particular focus on turning findings into practical outcomes.

Our history

Inspired by the pioneering work of our patron, Emeritus Professor Bruce Tonge, the Deakin Child Study Centre opened in 2013.

A year later, on World Autism Day, we launched an alliance with Irabina Childhood Autism Services.

Our approach

At the School of Psychology our approach to both research and teaching is to integrate science with practice. As such, the DCSC team works closely with regional partner Barwon Health.

The team also works closely with the school's developmental neuroscience and behavioural health and technology units, and the clinical training program.

Recent research

Attention Kids!

Attention Kids! is a research study looking into why some children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulties with movement, coordination and social functioning.

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), this study could help us understand why some children with ADHD have trouble with balance, or might have more bumps or falls at home and at school. 

We may also develop an understanding of why some children with ADHD have difficulty with friendships and being successful socially.

Could your child take part?

We’re looking for boys aged 7–12 years old to take part in our Attention Kids! study. To find out more, please contact:

Professor of Psychology, Clinical
Nicole Rinehart
+61 3 9244 5469
Email Professor Rinehart

Our staff

Executive team

Professor Nicole Rinehart
BA (Hons), MClin Psych (Deakin), PhD (Monash), MAPS, APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Professor Jane McGillivray
B.B.Sc. (Hons Psych), M.Psych (Clin), DHSci (Deakin), MAPS, APS College of Clinical Psychologists, APS College of Health Psychologists

Associate Professor Peter Enticott
BAppSc (Hons) (Deakin), PhD (Monash)

Associate Professor David Austin
BBus, GDipPsych, GDipAppSci, PhD (Monash)

Associate Professor Melissa O'Shea
BA (Hons) (Swinburne University), PhD (Monash)


Dr Nicole Papadopoulos
BBNS, Grad Dip (Psych), MClin.Psych, PhD (Monash), MAPS
Dr Tamara May
BA, BSc, GDipPsych, PGDipPsych, PhD (Monash), Assoc. MAPS
Megha Rupa
M.Phil. (Clinical Psychology), PhD Scholar
National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Bangalore, INDIA

Teaching and administrative staff

Dr Jade Sheen
BAppSc(Psych Hons) (Deakin), GCHE (Monash), MClinFamTh (LaTrobe), DPsych(Health) (Deakin), MAPS, APS College of Clinical Psychologists, APS College of Health Psychologists
Amanda Dudley
BA, Grad Dip Ed Psych, MPsych (Counselling)
Tracy Taylor

Adjunct members

Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London 
Emeritus Professor Patricia Howlin
Clinical Psychologist and Founding Director, Neo Psychology; Post-doctoral Fellow, Monash University; Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, Deakin University
Dr Simon Crisp
Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head, Physiotherapy Department, University of Melbourne
Dr Jennifer McGinley
Senior Research Fellow, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Dr Wah Chin Boon

Contact us

General enquiries
Tracy Taylor
+61 3 9244 6712
Email Tracy Taylor