Dr Jessica Peters

Psychologist

BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (ClinNeuro), PhD. MAPS (CCN)

Background and Experience

Jessica is a registered Psychologist. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) obtained from La Trobe University. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Research and Clinical Interests

Jessica enjoys the process of conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to understand a child’s difficulties and underlying diagnoses. She understands the importance of assisting families to understand how differences in brain functioning may influence their child’s day-to-day functioning and development and aims to provide helpful and individualised recommendations so that families to be best placed support their child.

Jessica’s research is primarily focused on understanding the role that visual attentional processes, such as eye movements and temporal processing, play in reading and Developmental Dyslexia. She has examined the efficacy of visual attention-based interventions, including action video games, in improving reading skills in children with dyslexia. As part of her research, Jessica has collaborated with the Variety SHINE Intensive Program for children who required multidisciplinary assessment and intervention.

Practice Philosophies

Jessica enjoys the process of conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to understand a child’s difficulties and underlying diagnoses. She understands the importance of assisting families to understand how differences in brain functioning may influence their child’s day-to-day functioning and development and aims to provide helpful and individualised recommendations so that families to be best placed support their child.

Publications

Peters, J. L., Bavin, E. L., Brown, A., Crewther, D. P., & Crewther, S. G. (2020). Flicker fusion thresholds as a clinical identifier of a magnocellular-deficit dyslexic subgroup. Scientific Reports, 10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-78552-3

Peters, J. L., Bavin, E. L., & Crewther, S. G. (2020). Eye movements during RAN as an

operationalization of the RAN-reading “microcosm”. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14(67). doi:10.3389/fnhum.2020.00067

Brown, A. C., Peters, J. L., Parsons, C., Crewther, D. P., & Crewther, S. G. (2020).

Efficiency in magnocellular processing: A common deficit in neurodevelopmental disorders. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14(49), 1-8. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2020.00049

Peters, J. L., De Losa, L., Bavin, E. L., & Crewther, S. G. (2019). Efficacy of dynamic

visuo- attentional interventions for reading in dyslexic and neurotypical children: A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 100, 58-76.

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