Professor Nicole Rinehart is the Director of the Deakin Child Study Centre and Director of Clinical and Community Partnerships at Deakin University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Nicole specialises in children with neurodevelopmental conditions, for example, ASD, and ADHD. She established the Deakin Child Study Centre in 2013 to create a new platform in the community for researchers and industry to come together and make a real difference in the lives of children who face developmental challenges.
Nicole has published over 120 papers and book chapters on the topic of developmental disorders and received more than 6 million dollars in research funding over the last 10 years. Nicole has published a series of world-first studies in establishing developmental profiles and needs of children with disability. She has translated this work into clinical practice via the many teaching and clinical training seminars she has engaged in over the last decade, which have educated the next generation of teachers, psychologists, paediatricians, OT, physiotherapists, and psychiatrists on disability and mechanisms for inclusion.
Nicole consults as a Clinical Psychologist at the Melbourne Children’s Clinic, and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Autism Victoria (AMAZE). She has contributed to the NHMRC Clinical Practice Statement for ADHD and the revision of the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines for Developmental Disabilities. Nicole has recently established a National partnership with the AFL to conduct the ‘biggest game changer for children with disability’ in Australia in sports to date: the establishment of the ALLPLAY.org.au web-site. Together with her team, she will make a contribution to the AFL Disability Action plan to ensure that all children with disability are ‘playing on an even’ ground.