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Melanie is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor in Neuropsychology.

After completing her PhD on the neuropsychological profiles of individuals with Williams syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome in 2004, she has worked both as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the private and public sector and as an academic. 

Melanie has national and international research collaborators for her work investigating the links between genetic, cognitive and brain abnormalities in Williams syndrome and other neurodevelopmental conditions. She also heads a number of projects in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation and intervention.  

Melanie has supervised over 35 postgraduate research students to completion within the fields of paediatric neuropsychology and neuropsychological intervention. She assists with the co-ordination and teaching of the neuropsychology programs at Macquarie University, mainly focusing on the above two fields. Melanie is also founder and co-director of the  Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment.

Community engagement

Recent External Appointments

  • Scientific Advisor and Board Member of Williams Syndrome Australia Limited (2016 continuing)
  • Special Issue Editor, Williams Syndrome, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (2015)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Childhood and Developmental Disorders. (2015 continuing)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. (2014 continuing)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • College of Clinical Neuropsychologists


Melanie currenntly convenes and teaches on the following units:

  • PSYN808 Developmental Neuropsychology
  • PSYN847 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Intervention

Melanie teaches on the following units:

  • PSYN853 Advanced Evidence Based Psychological Assessment
  • PSYN840 Neuropsychological Disorders
  • PSY344 Neuropsychology

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Projects 2006 2018

Research Outputs 2000 2019

Attention to faces in social context in children with neurofibromatosis type 1

Lewis, A. K., Porter, M. A., Williams, T. A., Bzishvili, S., North, K. N. & Payne, J. M., Feb 2019, In : Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 61, 2, p. 174-180 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Neurofibromatosis 1
Autistic Disorder

Extending the positive Bias in Williams syndrome: the influence of biographical information on attention allocation

Boulton, K. & Porter, M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Development and Psychopathology. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Williams Syndrome
Control Groups

Adaptive functioning in Williams syndrome: a systematic review

Brawn, G. & Porter, M., 4 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 65, 2, p. 123-147 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Williams Syndrome
earning a doctorate
Patient Selection

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with anxiety and comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Gould, K. L., Porter, M., Lyneham, H. J. & Hudson, J. L., Jul 2018, In : Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 57, 7, p. 481-490.e2 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive Therapy
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive outcomes of pediatric stroke

Jacomb, I., Porter, M., Brunsdon, R., Mandalis, A. & Parry, L., 3 Apr 2018, In : Child Neuropsychology. 24, 3, p. 287-303 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Short-Term Memory
Longitudinal Studies