Our people

Our people

Executive Team

Professor Genevieve McArthur

Head of Department

McArthur is Head of the Department of Cognitive Science, Director of the Macquarie University Cognition Clinic for Reading, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Her research aims to understand what causes reading impairments, and how they should be treated. She is an advocate for the rapid translation of scientific evidence into practice.

Dr David Kaplan

Deputy Head

Director of Learning and Teaching

Kaplan is Deputy Head and Director of Learning and Teaching within the Department, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. His research addresses the foundations of cognitive science including methodological, theoretical, and explanatory issues in cognitive science and neuroscience, as well as neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration and movement planning.

Associate Professor Paul Sowman

Deputy Head

Director of Higher Degree Research

Sowman is Deputy head and Director of Higher Degree Research within the Department, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. His research uses neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation methods to understand cognitive processes underpinning normal and abnormal motor processes. Paul has a particular interest in inhibitory control and how inhibition is involved in movement preparation, rhythmic timing and language selection.

Professor Anne Castles

Chair of Research

Castles is the Chair of Research in the Department, as well as Deputy Director and Reading Program Leader for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Her research is in the cognitive science of reading and language, with a particular focus on reading development and developmental dyslexia.

Founding Director

Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart

Coltheart is a cognitive scientist with interests mainly in cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuropsychiatry. He joined Macquarie's Psychology Department in 1987 after having had academic posts in Sydney (University of Sydney, 1965-1967), Melbourne (Monash University, 1967-1969), Canada (University of Waterloo, 1969-1972) and England (University of London, 1975-1987; University of Reading, 1972-1975). Professor Coltheart became Scientific Director of MACCS at its inception in 2000 and held this post until 2009.

Click here to read Max's personal history of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.

Research Support Staff

Marina Butko


Dr Thomas Morris

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