Our People

Our People

Executive team

Anne Castles

Scientific Director

Professor Anne Castles

Professor Castles is the Chair of Research in the Department of Cognitive Science. She was the 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.

Gen McArthur

Organisational Director

Professor Genevieve McArthur

Professor McArthur is Head of the Department of Cognitive Science, Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic and was 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.

Erik Reichle

Professor Erik Reichle

Professor Reichle is Head of the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. He is a cognitive psychologist with research interests in the mental processes that are involved in reading (e.g., vision, attention, language processing, eye-movement control, etc.). His research uses computational modelling to understand how these mental processes become coordinated to support skilled reading.

Rauno Partial

Professor Rauno Parrila

Professor Parrila is a Professor within the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University. Areas of expertise include learning difficulties across life span, cognitive and socio-cognitive compensation mechanisms, reading acquisition across writing systems, reading instruction and interventions, developmental systems theory and special and inclusive education.

Saskia Kohnen

Dr Saskia Kohnen

Dr Kohnen is the Clinical Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic. Her current research interests include the assessment of the underlying causes of reading and spelling difficulties in children; conducting intervention trials for children and adults with developmental and acquired reading and spelling difficulties; and the investigation of reading acquisition in typically developing children.

Student Members

Andrea Salins 

Andrea Salins is a PhD Student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching orthographic facilitation of word learning, word retention and speech perception in noise in children with hearing loss.

Email: andrea.salins@hdr.mq.edu.au

Deanna Francis 

Deanna Francis is a PhD Student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching the relationship between children's reading ability and emotional health.

Email: deanna.francis@hdr.mq.edu.au

Diane Meziere 

Diane Mézière is a PhD student in the Department of Cognitive Science investigating the relationship between eye-movement behaviour during reading and reading comprehension. The aim of her project is to create an ecologically valid test of reading comprehension based on eye-movements during reading.

Email: diane.meziere@hdr.mq.edu.au

Kurt Schulver 

Kurt Shulver is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology currently investigating the relationship between statistical learning in the auditory brain and reading ability.

Email: kurt.shulver@hdr.mq.edu.au

Luan Li 

Luan Li is a PhD Student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching the role of semantic knowledge in learning to read in Chinese.

Email: luan.li@hdr.mq.edu.au

Luke Mills 

Luke Mills is a PhD student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching reading and attentional control.

Email: luke.mills@hdr.mq.edu.au

Lyndall Murray 

Lyndall Murray is a PhD Student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching how children's oral vocabulary supports their acquisition of reading.

Email: lyndall.murray@hdr.mq.edu.au

Nicola Filardi 

Nicola Filardi studied law and psychology as an undergraduate. She is currently a MRes student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching the lateralisation of language and its effect on reading ability.

Email: nicola.filardi@hdr.mq.edu.au

Rakshita Gokula  

Rakshita Gokula is a PhD Student in the Department of Linguistics researching how what we hear affects how we learn to read.

Email: rakshita.gokula@hdr.mq.edu.au

Signy Wegener  

Signy Wegener is a PhD Student in the Department of Cognitive Science researching how oral vocabulary is related to reading acquisition.

Email: signy.wegener@hdr.mq.edu.au

Sixin Liao 

Sixin Liao is a PhD Student in the Department of Linguistics researching the impact of monolingual and bilingual subtitles on visual attention, cognitive load, and comprehension.

Email: Sixin.liao@hdr.mq.edu.au

Yijun Yin 

Yijun Yin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Studies researching international students' linguistic encounters and language environment in relation to online practices. She has a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University in the UK, and a Master of Research in Educational Studies from Macquarie University. Her main research interests are in informal learning, language learning in study abroad contexts, and computer-assisted language learning.

Email: yijun.yin@hdr.mq.edu.au

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