Leading Assessment & Treatment Centre in Sydney
Our practice was first was opened in 2006 with the aim of creating a multi-disciplinary centre of cognitive assessment and treatment in NSW. Our clinic is highly unique in that we have neuropsychologists conducting our cognitive testing and therefore can offer much more in-depth and comprehensive cognitive and neuropsychological assessments. We have one of the largest testing libraries in NSW, have the latest scientifically proven tests, and offering the highest level of standardised assessment possible.
Our philosophy is that we don’t just want to diagnose developmental disorders like ADHD and learning disabilities, but rather we want to identify the specific cognitive deficits underlying these disorders – so that rather than providing a ‘band-aid’ solution we can treat the root cause of the condition in the most precise manner. We feel this is best done through formally assessing core cognitive skills like memory, attention, visual processing, auditory processing, planning/organisation etc. Once the core cognitive weakness (or even weaknesses) are identified, then treatment can be specific to the precise processing weaknesses underlying these disorders.
We were the first clinic in NSW to actually provide comprehensive cognitive training programs that are uniquely designed for the individual and broad ranging, according to the specific neuropsychological skill. Our most unique feature unlike other cognitive training programs is that all our programs are conducted individually so that we can train children in the functional skills they need in everyday life and generalise the skills they learn in cognitive training to the real world. We have clinicians with extensive experience in the following areas:
Our Clinical Director
Dr Shelley Hyman
Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc (psychol) Hons, MClinNeuropsych, PhD (Med) MAPS CCN
Dr Shelley Hyman is the director of the centre and she founded this centre in 2006 after returning to Australia, being inspired by the comprehensiveness of treatment centres overseas. She aimed to take Australian services into the new millennium and close the gaps between the Australian standards of assessment and treatment, and levels of expertise overseas. She has an undergraduate psychology degree with honours from the University of NSW, a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University, and a PhD from Sydney University in paediatric medicine. Her doctoral research examined cognitive profiling of ADHD and learning disorders from a neuropsychological perspective. It looked at how children change developmentally from childhood into adulthood in regards to their cognitive abilities, as well as profiled these disorders from an adult perspective. Following her PhD she received a 2 year award from the Children’s Tumour Foundation (New York) for her postdoctoral research. This postdoctoral research looked at the development of cognitive screening in children, as well as the relationship between neuropsychological tests and real world functional skills.
Marika Donkin is a clinical neuropsychologist and member of the Clinical Neuropsychology college of the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a first class honours degree in psychology as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology. She has strong research expertise into children who are gifted and special interests in children with ADHD and learning disabilities, as well as in the development of cognitive training programs. She believes strongly in not only identifying neuropsychological difficulties, but also developing programs for treating those difficulties by using tailored, comprehensive, research based cognitive training methodologies. She has been working conducting neuropsychological assessments for both children and adults in private practice since February 2010. She has also completed courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and incorporates those therapies into her treatment programs.
Dr Jennifer Szeto (maternity leave)
Registered Psychologist & Neuropsychology Registrar
Dr Jennifer Szeto was awarded a PhD (Medicine) by the University of Sydney. She is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jennifer has clinical experience working with adults and older adults presenting with a variety of conditions, including mental health and neurodegenerative conditions. She has completed an undergraduate Psychology degree with Honours at the University of New South Wales, a Master’s degree in Brain and Mind Sciences at the University of Sydney, as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. Her doctoral thesis examined Mild Cognitive Impairment associated with Parkinson’s Disease. She has a special interest in the assessment of adults with memory problems and other forms of cognitive impairment.
Dr Jeff Rogers
Dr Jeff Rogers has an undergraduate degree in Biopsychology (Honours) from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) and PhD from the University of Western Australia. Dr Rogers has held continuous registration as a practicing clinical neuropsychologist since 2007. Specialising in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation, he has extensive experience with individuals across the lifespan presenting with a range of neurological, neurosurgical, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychiatric conditions and syndromes. In addition to his clinical work, Dr Rogers is an Honorary Associate Professor with Macquarie University, and has co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications. In recognition of Dr Rogers’ professional knowledge and experience, he teaches into postgraduate clinical training programs, is the previous Deputy Head of the School of Psychology at ACU, and regularly provides clinical supervision for practicing and trainee psychologists. Dr Rogers is frequently invited to present on topics of cognitive neuropsychology and mental health care for hospital departments, public and private community health services, non-government agencies, and Health Professional bodies.
Alex is a fully Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists. Alex has a Bachelor of Psychology from University of Newcastle. Alex believes in a whole person approach to mental health, working on a biopsychosocial model and considering all factors in a client’s life that could be causing them distress. She has experience working with a wide variety of individuals with various mental health and developmental concerns, including extensive experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and with ADHD. Alex is comfortable working across the lifespan from young children to older adults. She has a passion for helping clients feel safe and comfortable to explore the issues and stressors impacting their mental health. Alex has training in a variety of therapies and believes that there is no single therapy model that suits everyone. She believes in finding the right mix of therapeutic techniques to suit an individual and support them in a way they find most comfortable and helpful. Alex used a mix of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interview and Mindfulness. Alex understands that in therapy the value of the therapeutic relationship cannot be underestimated and practices unconditional positive regard towards all her clients.
Kyra is a fully Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kyra has a Bachelor of Psychology from University of Newcastle and a Graduate Diploma in Psychological practice from College of Professional Psychology. Kyra has clinical experience in working with children and their families, adolescents, as well as adults. Kyra has worked extensively with people who are on the Autism Spectrum and has expertise in treating patients (both children and adults) diagnosed with anxiety, low mood, autism, social, self-regulation and behavioural difficulties. Kyra predominantly focuses on using a Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Interpersonal (IPT) therapeutic approach as well as Acceptance and commitment Therapy (ACT). She has completed the Cool Kids and Child Anxiety Program. She has extensive experience conducting social skills groups and anxiety groups.
Rachel completed her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Sydney, with Honours. She has conducted research into learning and cognition. She has worked in the associative learning lab at the University of Sydney and undertaken a volunteer work experience program at the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders. She has been working as a provisional psychologist since 2020 under the supervision of Dr Shelley Hyman, and is completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Provisional Psychologist & Neuropsychology Psychometrician
Rishika is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. She also completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University. Rishika is passionate about helping individuals with neurodevelopment disorders learn strategies to manage their difficulties. She has interests in research related to the gut-brain axis.
Provisional Psychologist & Neuropsychology Psychometrician
Madeleine is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science, with an extended major in Psychology, with Honours at The University of Queensland. She has conducted research in mental health, specifically in people with neurological disorders. Her interests lie in formal assessment and management of neurodevelopmental conditions.
Cognitive Trainer & Provisional Psychologist
Chris has been working at our centre as a provisional psychologist since 2020 helping train children with cognitive deficits associated with ADHD. Chris has completed his Master in Clinical Psychology at UTS. He completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology, with Honours in Immunology (2017) and Psychology (2018). He has conducted research into and is particularly passionate about improving the mental health and functioning of patients via personalised virtual reality experiences. He has worked with the Charles Perkins Centre and the Human Factors Lab at The University of Sydney in collaboration with the RPAH. Currently, Chris also works for The Brain and Mind Centre on research for a range of neuropsychological disorders including dementia and schizophrenia, with an interest in their associated cognitive deficits.
Orthoptist & Visual Trainer
Eyal Pat obtained an optometry degree in Israel and practised as an optometrist for 8 years overseas. He developed a passion for treating eye based issues and decided to move to Australia to study his Masters in Orthoptics. He now practices in Australia as an orthoptist, helping train both children and adults in improving their binocular vision. Orthoptics is the science of: "Orth"= straight and "Optics"=eyes. He works to strengthen eye muscles to help teaming between both eyes, which is used in focusing, tracking, fixation and general eye movements. These skills are fundamental to learning and motor skills in children. When the functional system is poor it may also affect higher-level visual functioning and visual perception, and Eyal has numerous programs to also improve these higher levels visual processing skills. He is a member of the Orthoptic Board and Orthoptic Australia.
Our team having fun!
Publications for Dr Shelley Hyman
- Hyman S.L., DuPaul, G.J. & Gormley, M.J. (2017) Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention for ADHD in School Psychology. In, Theilking, M & Terjesen M.D. (Ads) Handbook of Australian School Psychology (pp: 311-330). Switzerland; Springer.
- Payne J., Hyman S.L., Shores E.A., & North K.N. (2011) Assessment of executive function and attention in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: relationships between cognitive measures and real-world behavior. Child Neuropsychology,17, 313-29.
- Hyman, SL., Gill, D., Shores E.A., Steinberg, A., & North, K.N. (2007) Specific Regions of T2-Hyperintensities in Children with NF1 and their relationship to Cognitive Functioning. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 78, 1088- 1091.
- Hyman, S.L., Shores, E.A., Gill, D., & North, K.N. (2006). Learning disabilities in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: subtypes, cognitive profile, and attention- deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 48, 973- 977.
- Gill, D., Hyman, SL., Steinberg, A & North, K.N. (2006). Age-related findings on MRI in Neurofibromatosis type 1. Pediatric Radiology; 36: 1048-1056.
- Hyman, SL., Shores E.A., & North, K.N. (2005). The Nature and Frequency of Cognitive Deficits in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Neurology, 65, 1037- 1044.
- Hyman, SL., Shores E.A., Gill, D., Steinberg, A., & North, K.N. (2004). Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Neuropsychological and Neuroradiological Aspects. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 40.
- Hyman, SL. Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Cognitive Profile, Natural History and Pathogenesis. 2004. PhD Dissertation.
- Hyman, S.L., Shores E.A., Gill, D., Steinberg, A., & North, K.N. (2003). Natural History of Neuropsychological Ability and T2-Hyperintensities in Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Neurology, 60, 1139-1145.
- North, K.N, Hyman, S., & Barton, B. (2002). Cognitive Functioning in Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Journal of Child Neurology, 17:616-623.
- Young, H., Hyman, S. & North, K. (2002) Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Clinical Manifestations and Exceptions to the rule. Journal of Child Neurology, 17:624-632
- Hyman, S., North, A., Shores, A., Gill, D., & Steinberg, A. (2002). Natural history of cognitive deficits and brain lesions in neurofibromatosis 1. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 499.
- Hyman, S.L., Shores E.A., Steinberg, A., Gill, D., & North, K.N. (2002). Natural History of Neuropsychological Ability and T2-Hyperintensities in Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Brain Impairment, 3, 80.
- Hyman, S.L. An analysis of the mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of memory reactivation. (1997). Honours Thesis.