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 Alissandra McIlroy

Prof Vicki Anderson | Dr David Maddocks | Jane Nursey

  • Principal Neuropsychologists
  • Senior Neuropsychologists

Dr Tracey Wardill

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD  MAPS

Dr Tracey WardillTracey has over 25 years of experience as a 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.

In 2008 Tracey was awarded a Churchill fellowship to study frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in the US and UK. She worked extensively with FTD patients and their families during her six years in the Eastern Cognitive Disorders Clinic at Box Hill Hospital.  In 2009, she established the first support group for carers of people with frontotemporal dementia in Victoria. Tracey is also a Board Member of the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association (AFTDA).

Tracey has extensive experience in the public health system.  She was formerly Deputy Director of Neuropsychology at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, where she worked for 16 years. She is a founding member of MNPS and has worked full time in the practice since 2004. She is a member 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 over 25 years experience as a clinical neuropsychologist.  She has worked in all areas of adult and geriatric neuropsychology. She is highly experienced in the diagnosis of dementia and the assessment of decision-making capacity.  Helen has held a number of senior positions in the Victorian public health sector including Deputy Director of Neuropsychology at A&RMC and Head of Neuropsychology at Hampton Rehabilitation Hospital. Early in her career she established the first dedicated neuropsychology service at Royal Park Hospital.

Helen has extensive experience in sports-related concussion and has recently completed a PhD 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 and an Associate Member of the international Association of Ringside Physicians.

Helen completed her Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne in 1984.  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 also of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.


Dr Sheryl Monteath

BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Dr Sheryl MonteathSheryl is experienced in all areas of adult neuropsychology. She has worked extensively with criminal justice clients who have complex diagnostic and management issues. Her areas of interest include alcohol and substance abuse, complex acquired brain injury (ABI), the impact of ABI on offending behaviour, and adult intellectual disability. She is also experienced in the diagnosis of dementia and the assessment of decision-making capacity.

Sheryl’s experience spans more than 13 years in the public health sector. She worked with MNPS on a part time basis for a number of years, and joined the practice as a full time member in 2008. Sheryl has a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from LaTrobe University. She is a member of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychology, Psychiatry and Law (ANZAPPL). She is also a sessional lecturer in neuropsychology at Swinburne University.

Dr Jennifer McDowall

BA (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS

Dr Jennifer McDowallJennifer has been a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the public health sector for over 11 years. She has experience in all areas of adult neuropsychology. She has spent the last eight years working as a Senior Neuropsychologist within a large public hospital. She joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services as a Senior Neuropsychologist in early 2016.

Jennifer is highly experienced in working with individuals with a diverse range of presentations. She has worked on acute medical and surgical units in public hospitals. She has extensive experience in traumatic brain injury, psychiatric illnesses and conditions requiring neurosurgical intervention. She has worked in rehabilitation and aged care. Jennifer has excellent diagnostic skills and is experienced in the assessment of decision-making capacity.

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


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Neuropsychologists

Dr Alissandra McIlroy

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

Dr Alissandra McIlroyAli completed her postgraduate studies in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2013 and has since worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the public health system. She joined Melbourne Neuropsychology Services in September 2015.

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, including dementia research at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and HIV research at The Burnet Institute. She has been involved in a number of projects at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Royal Children’s Hospital, including the development of novel tools to support memory impairment in children and tracking physical and cognitive recovery following concussion.

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. She currently holds an Honorary Appointment at MCRI.

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Associates

Professor Vicki Anderson

MA (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD  MAPS

Vicki AndersonVicki is a paediatric neuropsychologist who has extensive experience in childhood developmental and acquired disorders of the central nervous system. 
During her 30-year career, she has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and four books on neuropsychology. She serves as consulting editor on a number of journals including the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and Child Neuropsychology. Vicki began her career at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a clinician and was appointed professor and director of psychology in 2002.

Vicki has lectured at the University of Melbourne and obtained research grants totalling $15 million. She recently helped establish the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (CNS) at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Vicki has served on the International Neuropsychological Society’s Board of Governors and is a fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. She is a member of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and is a founding member of MNPS.

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 has 20 years experience in the Victorian Public Health System working across the lifespan in both acute health and mental health service settings. She is currently a Senior Clinical Consultant at the University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and works part time as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with MNPS.  She has 10 years experience as a manager of neuropsychology services in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and of an Adult Trauma Service. Jane has extensive clinical experience in the fields of developmental disorders, psychological trauma, acquired brain injury, dementia, and psychological recovery following disaster. Alongside her work as a neuropsychologist, Jane has training and experience in delivering a range of evidence based treatments to clients suffering from mood and anxiety disorders including PTSD. She also has extensive experience in training mental health professionals in evidence based and evidence informed treatments for trauma related mental health problems. Jane completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at LaTrobe University in 1992 and also has qualifications in adolescent and child psychology.


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