Professor Peter Wilson - School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Professor Wilson is Co-Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) and Professor of Developmental Psychology at ACU. Before that he was Deputy Head (R&I) in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he worked from 2000-2011. He leads international programs of research in child development, disability and rehabilitation which now span 23 years and over 120 peer-reviewed publications. His research involves two streams: (i) mechanisms of movement and cognition in typical child development and in neurodevelopmental disorders (esp. DCD), and (ii) innovations in neurorehabilitation using VR, including the award-winning Elements DNA (EDNA) system. Prof. Wilson is past President of the International Society for Research on DCD.


Phone :3445 (Melbourne)
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

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 ; Behavioral methods, EEG, translational research ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • The development of dual-task performance in children. (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Cognitive-motor rehabilitation (CogMo) to aid the recovery of patients with a Traumatic Brain Injury: virtual-reality based applications in the home. (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Blank, R., Barnett, A., Cairney, J., Green, D., Kirby, A., Polatajko, H., Rosenblum, S., Smits-Engelsman, B., Sugden, D., Wilson, P., & Vin??on, S. (2019). International clinical practice guidelines on DCD. , in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Cavalcante Neto, J.L., Steenbergen, B., Wilson, P.H., Zamun??r, A.R. & Tudella, E. (2019). Is Wii-based motor training better than matched task-specific training for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder?, in Disability and Rehabilitation.

Imms, P., Clemente, A., Cook, M., D???Souza, W., Wilson, P.H., Jones, D., & Caeyenberghs, K. (avail. online). The structural connectome in traumatic brain injury: A meta-analysis of graph metrics. , in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews.


Aminov, A., Rogers, J., Middleton, S., Caeyenberghs, K., & Wilson, P. (2018). What do randomized controlled trials say about virtual rehabilitation in stroke?, in Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 15, 29.

Rogers, J. et al. (2018). General and domain-specific effectiveness of cognitive remediation after stroke: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis. , in Neuropsychology Review, 28, 285-305.

Smits-Engelsman, B.C.M., Vincon, S., Blank, R., Quadrado, V., Polatajko, H.J., & Wilson, P.H. (2018). Evaluating the evidence for motor-based interventions in DCD. , in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 74, 72-102.


Wilson, P., Smits-Engelsman, B.C.M., Caeyenberghs, K., & Steenbergen, B. (2017). Toward a hybrid model of Developmental Coordination Disorder. , in Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 4, 64-71.

Imms, C., Granlund, M., Wilson, P.H., Rosenbaum, P.L., Steenbergen, B., & Gordon, A. (2017). Participation ??? both a means and an end. A conceptual analysis of processes and outcomes in childhood disability., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 59(1), 16-25.

Wilson, P., Smits-Engelsman, B., Caeyenberghs, K., Steenbergen, B., Sugden, D., Clark, J., Mumford, N., & Blank, R. (2017). Cognitive and neuroimaging findings in DCD., in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 59(11), 1117-1129.


Ruddock, S., Caeyenberghs, K., Piek, J., Sugden, D., Hyde, C., Morris, S., Rigoli, D., Steenbergen, S. & Wilson, P. (2016). Coupling of online control and inhibitory systems in children with atypical motor development: A growth curve modelling study, in Brain and Cognition, 109, 84-95.

Wilson, P., Steenbergen, B., Caeyenberghs, K. Green, D., & Duckworth, J. (2016). Integrating new technologies into the treatment of CP and DCD. , in Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 3, 138-151.

Rogers, J.M., Aminov, A., Donnelly, J., Wilson, P.H., & Johnstone, S.J. (2016). Test-retest reliability of a single-channel, wireless EEG system. , in International Journal of Psychophysiology, 106, 87-96.


Duckworth, J., Mumford, N., Caeyenberghs, K., Eldridge, R., Mayson, S., Thomas, P.R., Shum, D., Williams, G., & Wilson, P.H. (2015). Resonance: an interactive tabletop artwork for co-located group rehabilitation and play. , in . In M. Antona & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Access to Learning, Health and Well-Being. Lecture Notes in Computer Science ??? Vol 9177 (pp. 420-431). Switzerland: Springer.

Rogers, J.M., Fox, A.M., Donnelly, J., & Wilson, P.H. (2015). Source localization of an event-related potential marker of executive attention following mild traumatic brain injury. , in NeuroReport, 26(15):903-907.

Ruddock, S., Piek, J. Sugden, D., Morris, S., Hyde, C., Caeyenberghs, K., & Wilson, P.H. (2015). Coupling online control and inhibitory systems in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Goal-directed reaching. , in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 244-255.


Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Steenbergen, B., Piek, J. P. & Wilson, P. H. (2014). Hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder: Evidence for heightened sensitivity to immediate reward. , in Cognitive Development, 32, 23-37.

Ruddock, S., Hyde, C., Morris, S., Piek, J.P., Sugden, D., & Wilson, P.H. (2014). Executive systems constrain the flexibility of online control in children during goal-directed reaching. , in Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(1), 51-68.

Noten, M., Wilson, P.H., Ruddock, S., & Steenbergen, B. (2014). Mild impairments of motor imagery skills in children with DCD. , in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1152-1159.


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