Professor Peter Wilson - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Over the past 18 years, I have coordinated two overlapping programs of research, supported by a number of large ARC grants: the first is in the field of motor and cognitive development, and the second on the use of virtual-reality technology in motor and cognitive rehabilitation, both in adult and child populations. With a body of over 70 peer-reviewed papers, both programs involve collaborations with a number of international scholars from the UK, USA and Europe, with the work stimulating the development of novel and innovative approaches to motor intervention. My teams are truly multi-disciplinary--I work closely with new media artists, scientists and clinicians in pursuit of new approaches to augmented therapy.


Phone :3445 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Motor Development ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Virtual rehabilitation ; Development of Executive Control in Children ; Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation ;

Methods Expertise

Experimental ; Longitudinal and cross-sectional designs ; Mixed methods ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


Noise, variability, and motor performance in developmental coordination disorder, in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 55 (SUPPL.4), pp. 69-72.

Impaired online control in children with developmental coordination disorder reflects developmental immaturity, in Developmental Neuropsychology, 38 (2), pp. 81-97

Understanding performance deficits in developmental coordination disorder: a meta-analysis of recent research, in Developmental medicine and child neurology, 55 (3), pp. 217-228.

Efficacy of interventions to improve motor performance in children with developmental coordination disorder: a combined systematic review and meta-analysis., in Developmental medicine and child neurology, 55 (3), pp. 229-237.

An 18-month follow-up investigation of motor coordination and working memory in primary school children, in Human Movement Science, 32 (5), pp. 1116-1126

The development of rapid online control in children aged 6-12years: Reaching performance, in Human Movement Science, 32 (5), pp. 1138-1150.

Age-related changes in motor imagery from early childhood to adulthood: Probing the internal representation of speed-accuracy trade-offs, in Human Movement Science, 32 (5), pp. 1151-1162

Designing co-located tabletop interaction for rehabilitation of brain injury, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 8013 LNCS (PART 2), pp. 391-400


-Limb Virtual Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury: A Within-Group Evaluation of the Elements System., in Brain Injury (print version)

Neurocognitive processing deficits in children with DCD. , in Developmental coordination disorder in children: Consequences and concurrent problems.


Dissecting online control in Developmental Coordination Disorder: A kinematic analysis of double-step reaching., in Brain and Cognition

Online motor control in children with developmental coordination disorder: Chronometric analysis of double-step reaching performance. , in Child: Care, Health, and Development

Use of virtual reality in rehabilitation of movement in children with hemiplegia: A multiple case study. , in Disability and Rehabilitation.

A Comparison of Motor Imagery Performance in Children with Spastic Hemiplegia and Developmental Coordination Disorder. , in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology