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24 Aug 2020
BA. University of Melbourne, MSc., PhD Monash University
development and disorders including autism, dyslexia, ADHD, music and the
brain, child temperament and language development.
approximately 300 reviewed publications and 7 authored and edited books.
Associate, Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
was born into a family whose ancestors came from Wales and who were all
musical. It is not surprising then that when she finished High School she went
to Melbourne University Conservatorium and completed a music degree. After a
short burst of secondary teaching Margot developed her musical career on piano
and Oboe and Cor Anglais and became a professional musician from 1959 to 1980.
Margot played in numerous chamber music groups, and orchestras in Australia and
in London as well as giving solo recitals.
made a midlife career change when she completed her Psychology PhD in 1975/6 at
Monash University, and went to a lecturer position in Psychology at LaTrobe
University. This severely curtailed her music career although she has continued
to play the piano to the present time. At LaTrobe Margot learned how to be a
clinical psychologist (via bootstrapping
and numerous excellent mentors), as well as developing a strong research
profile in areas related to child development. These included: ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia,
Child Behaviour Problems and their treatment, Developmental Neuropsychology,
Music and the Brain (in adults with brain impairment), Temperament and
development from infancy to adolescence. Margot's clinical work has covered
children and families from all walks of life and with a wide range of problems.
She also worked with aboriginal families and children in a voluntary basis for
Margot became the first female Professor of Clinical Psychology in Australia
(1989). In 1994 she was appointed Head of the Psychology Department at the RCH
with a conjoint appointment at The University of Melbourne. She has given
lectures, workshops and seminars across Australia and in many other countries.
in her life have been: working with wonderful colleagues in many places; solo
oboe recitals on the BBC, keynote
addresses in the UK, USA, China, India, and Australia, and the work she did
with RCH International in Vietnam.