About Melbourne Neuropsychology

Founded in 1996, MNPS is a private neuropsychology practice which provides a responsive, timely and quality service.

MNPS provides a full range of neuropsychological services to hospitals, government departments, referring specialists and community care agencies. Our team of neuropsychologists has expertise in a range of disorders that impact on cognitive function and behaviour. Our neuropsychologists work with adults, children and the elderly. Services are provided throughout metropolitan Melbourne, Gippsland and other parts of country Victoria.

All members of MNPS have post-graduate qualifications in clinical neuropsychology and are endorsed in the area of neuropsychology with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). Our neuropsychologists are members of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN).

Our Neuropsychology Staff

Dr Tracey Wardill | Dr Helen Clausen

Dr Sheryl Monteath | Dr Jennifer McDowall | Dr Leonie Keall

Dr Alissandra McIlroy

Prof Vicki Anderson | Dr David Maddocks | Jane Nursey

Vanessa Rausa | Anne-Marie Ternes

  • Principal Neuropsychologists
  • Senior Neuropsychologists

Dr Tracey Wardill

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD MAPS

Dr Tracey WardillTracey has over 30 years of experience as a clinical neuropsychologist. She has worked in all areas of adult neuropsychology. She has a particular interest in geriatric neuropsychology and the assessment of decision-making capacity. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis of dementia, including young onset dementias. She has experience in sports concussion.

Tracey has a particular interest in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In 2008 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study FTD in the US and UK. She currently facilitates a FTD carer support group in Gippsland. She is a Board Member of the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association (AFTDA) and Chair of World FTD United.

Tracey has extensive experience in the public health system. She was formerly Deputy Director of Neuropsychology at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. She is a founding member of MNPS and has worked full time in the practice since 2004. She is a full member of the APS and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Tracey holds a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD from the University of Melbourne, for which she researched the impact of ageing on cognitive performance. She has subsequently published a book of normative data for Australians aged 65 and over.

Dr Helen Clausen

MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD MAPS

Dr Helen ClausenHelen has extensive experience in sports-related concussion. Her PhD was completed at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) at Melbourne University, investigating the impact of professional boxing on brain function. She is an appointed member of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Medical Advisory Board, an Associate Member of the International Association of Ringside Physicians and consults for the Victorian Professional Boxing and Combats Sports Board (PBCSB). Helen also works with a wide range of other sports. These include professional and amateur football codes and horse racing.

Helen has over 30 years experience as a clinical neuropsychologist. She has worked in all areas of adult and geriatric neuropsychology. She is experienced in the diagnosis of dementia and the assessment of decision-making capacity. Helen has held a number of senior positions in the public health sector, including Deputy Director of Neuropsychology at A&RMC and Head of Neuropsychology at Hampton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Helen's Masters Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology was undertaken at the University of Melbourne. She is a founding member of MNPS and has worked full time in the practice since 2004. She is a full member of the APS and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.


Dr Sheryl Monteath

BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Dr Sheryl MonteathSheryl has over 20 years of clinical experience within public hospitals and private practice. She has worked in a range of settings including psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery/trauma, aged care, rehabilitation (acute, subacute and slow stream), criminal justice system and disability.

Sheryl is experienced in the assessment and management of neuropsychological conditions in adults, including clients with complex or multiple needs. She is experienced in the assessment of decision making capacity. She is also interested in how neurodevelopmental conditions - including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder - manifest in adults. She is experienced in designing assessments and interventions to help people better understand their functioning and improve their quality of life.

Sheryl joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services in 2008. She also works as a director and clinician in a private psychology practice and behaviour consultancy, where she provides ongoing intervention services, such as counselling and behaviour management support.

Sheryl completed a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology at Latrobe University in 2000. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and positive behaviour interventions. She is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychology, Psychiatry and Law (ANZAPPL).

Dr Jennifer McDowall

BA (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Dr Jennifer McDowallJennifer has been a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the public health system for more than 14 years. She joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services as a Senior Neuropsychologist in 2016. She has experience in all areas of adult and geriatric neuropsychology.

Jennifer previously worked in a in a large public hospital, across acute medical and surgical units. During this time, she gathered extensive experience in the assessment of traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric illnesses, complex medical conditions and conditions requiring neurosurgical intervention. She is experienced in the diagnosis of dementia, and currently works on a community-based, aged psychiatry team. Jennifer has extensive experience in the assessment of decision making capacity. She has experience in sports concussion.

Jennifer has a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University. She is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and a member of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment.



Dr Leonie Keall

BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology), MAPS

Dr Leonie KeallLeonie has worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the public health system for more than 10 years. She has experience in all areas of adult neuropsychology. Leonie is one of the most experienced neuropsychologists in Melbourne working in the field of HIV. Over the past ten years she has gained extensive knowledge and experience working in the State wide HIV service. She also has extensive experience with complex medical and neurological conditions, traumatic brain injury, and conditions requiring neurosurgical intervention. Through her work in acute medical and surgical units in a major public hospital she has gained strong skills in the assessment of decision making capacity.

Leonie's key research interest has been in language disorders in individuals with stroke and dementia of the Alzheimer's type. She was also involved in a research project into the cognitive effects of hepatitis C at a large public hospital.

Leonie joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services as a Senior Neuropsychologist in March 2018. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from Monash University and she is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.


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Neuropsychologists

Dr Alissandra McIlroy

BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) PhD MAPS

Dr Alissandra McIlroyAli joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services in September 2015. She also currently works in a senior role in the public health system.

Ali's key areas of interest and experience include neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury and acute medical and neurological conditions. She has experience in the assessment of decision making capacity and is interested in the impact of early trauma and mood on cognitive functioning.

Ali has worked in a number of areas of clinical research. She has worked on the development of novel tools to support memory impairment in children, and tracking physical and cognitive recovery following concussion. She has also worked in dementia research.

Ali holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. She is a full member of the APS.

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Associates

Professor Vicki Anderson

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD MAPS

Vicki AndersonVicki is a child and adolescent neuropsychologist who has extensive clinical experience in childhood brain disorders, including head injury, concussion, stroke, epilepsy, ADHD and learning problems. Vicki is a founding member of MNPS and currently works part time with the practice.

During her 30-year career, she has published more than 450 scientific papers on childhood brain disorders and their effects on children's thinking, learning, social and emotional skills and six books on practice in child neuropsychology. She is an editor on the Journal of the Neuropsychology and Neuropsychology. Vicki began her career at the Royal Children's Hospital as a clinician and is currently the head of the RCH Psychology Service.

Dr David Maddocks

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD, LLB (Hons) MAPS

Dr David MaddocksDavid has practised as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Children's Hospital, Mount Royal Hospital and Bethesda Hospital, where he worked with acquired brain injury patients. David was chief psychologist and senior neuropsychologist at the Transport Accident Rehabilitation Centre.

David completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne where he researched recovery from concussive injury in Australian Football League players. He subsequently contributed to guidelines for the assessment and management of concussion in sport, and has authored a Victorian guide for families on mild brain injury.

David is a founding member of MNPS. He is also a qualified lawyer and an accredited specialist in personal injury law with the Law Institute of Victoria. He has worked as a personal injury and professional indemnity lawyer for over 10 years. He has also been a tribunal member for the State Government's Intellectual Disability Panel.

Jane Nursey

BBSc, GradDip Adol & Child Psych, MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Jane NurseyJane is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with additional qualifications in Developmental Psychology. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the public hospital and not-for-profit sectors as a Senior Clinician, Manager and Director of programs, working with groups and individuals across the lifespan in both acute and mental health services. She currently works part time as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with MNPS. Jane has extensive clinical experience in the fields of developmental disorders, acquired brain injury and dementia. In addition, she has worked extensively with adults, children and adolescents presenting with a range of trauma-related mental health disorders, as well as with high risk industry groups such as veterans and members of the defence force, emergency and law enforcement agencies, security organisations, NGO's, schools, the judiciary, media organisations and disaster survivors. Jane has training and experience in delivering a range of evidence based treatments to clients suffering from mood and anxiety disorders including PTSD.


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Registrars

Vanessa Rausa

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Vanessa RausaVanessa is a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar who has experience working in a range of areas of adult neuropsychology. She completed her postgraduate studies in 2017 and has worked with MNS since January 2018. Vanessa's interests include concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia and neurological conditions.

Vanessa's key research experience is in the area of paediatric concussion. She has been involved in projects investigating paediatric concussion recovery trajectories and interventions for delayed recovery.

Vanessa holds a Master's degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the APS.

Anne-Marie Ternes

Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience, PhD

Anne-Marie TernesAnne-Marie joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services in 2019 as a registrar. Anne-Marie is developing her expertise in all areas of adult neuropsychology. She has a specific interest in geriatric neuropsychology and the diagnosis of dementia. In addition to diagnosis, Anne-Marie has an interest in behaviour management and support for individuals with dementia and their carers. She also has an interest in the assessment and management of sports concussion.

With a specific interest in frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Anne-Marie co-facilitates a support group which provides vital assistance and support for people who care for a family member with FTD.

Prior to commencing her clinical practice, Anne-Marie completed a PhD in neuroscience and continues to work at Monash University as a lecturer in the areas of psychology, neuroscience and neuropsychology.

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