Meet our staff
Professor Genevieve McArthur, Director
Dr Saskia Kohnen, Clinical Director
Dr Erin Banales, Clinic Coordinator
Thushara is a registered Psychologist who completed her Bachelor of Psychology (honours) degree in 2008 and a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology in 2014, both at Macquarie University. Since 2009, Thushara has been involved in reading research and remediation through the Department of Cognitive Science. She also has over 10 years of experience working closely with children and adolescents including those with reading difficulties, autism, and acquired brain injuries. Thushara is passionate about working clinically and in finding ways to best support children in their everyday life.
Kristina Barisic, Clinician - Assessment & Treatment
Kristy Jones, Clinician - Assessment & Treatment
Kristy completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology at Leeds University in 2008 and following a move back to Sydney, became a Principal Research Assistant at Macquarie University. The research explored phonics versus sight word treatment in children with reading difficulties over a 5 year period, the results of which contributed to the development of the Cognition Clinic for Reading. Kristy is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. For her Master's thesis she is investigating targeted versus general reading remediation in children with combined phonics & sight word reading difficulties. Kristy has enjoyed observing and contributing to positive outcomes from treatment with clients, from a clinical and research setting, based around improved reading skills and using alternate techniques in order to acquire better reading skills.
Erika completed a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Psychology Honours) at the University of Sydney in 2009, and is currently in the final stages of a combined PhD / Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. Erika has experience working as an assessor for multiple literacy programs and has a keen interest in identifying specific literacy difficulties to best inform treatment tailored to each individual's specific needs.
Leslie Hurd, Clinician - Treatment
Leslie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Marist College (New York) in 2011. She then undertook a graduate program in School Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, receiving her Master's degree in 2013 and her Sixth Year Professional Diploma in 2015. In January of 2016 Leslie became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) in the USA. She has recently relocated to Sydney to continue her work in education and research. Leslie enjoys working with children and adults with special education needs as well as with educators and families.
Maia completed her Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University in 2015 and is currently completing her Honours project. Her research is focusing on the validity of a new electroencephalography (EEG) system for investigation into auditory discrimination. Maia has also been involved as a research assistant within the Department of Cognitive Science for a study looking at the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on spelling training. She is passionate about working clinically with children and the effects this has on their literacy, confidence and everyday life.
Our clinic management, staff and sessional staff have all been certified by the Advanced skills in assessing reading and spelling in children program, and hold current NSW Working With Children Checks (WWCC) and have clearance to work with children.