Centre for Health and Social Research

Prof Peter Wilson
Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR)

Health Sciences


Relevant professional roles

  • Co-Director, CeDDR (2015-)
  • National Head, School of Psychology, ACU (2012-2014)
  • Deputy Head (R&I), School of Health Sciences, RMIT University (2010-2011)

Brief summary of expertise
Professor Wilson is Co-Director of CeDDR and Professor of Developmental Psychology at ACU. Before that he was Deputy Head (R&I) in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he worked between 2000 and 2011. He leads an internationally-recognised program of research in child development, disability and rehabilitation which now spans 20 years and over 100 peer-reviewed publications. His research involves two overlapping streams: first, understanding the underlying mechanisms of movement and cognition in typical child development and in neurodevelopmental disorders (esp. Developmental Coordination Disorder—DCD, and Cerebral Palsy), and, second, neurorehabilitation of movement across the lifespan using new technologies, particularly virtual-reality based systems.

Completed disability research projects

  • Resonance: A digital media art work for cooperative group interaction in the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury. (ARC-LP)
  • The development of rapid online motor control in children. (ARC-DP)
  • ELEMENTS—An Augmented Reality Workspace for Movement Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Patients. (ARC-LP)
  • The development of feedforward mechanisms of motor control: The role of efference copy in motor skill development. (ARC-DP)

Disability research publications

  1. Wilson, P.H. (2014). Neurocognitive processing deficits in children with DCD. In J. Cairney (Ed.), Developmental coordination disorder in children: Consequences and concurrent problems (pp.138-165). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  2. Imms, C., Granlund, M., Wilson, P.H., Rosenbaum, P.L., Steenbergen, B., & Gordon, A. (in press). Participation – both a means and an end. A conceptual analysis of processes and outcomes in childhood disability. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
  3. Wilson, P.H., Adams, I., Caeyenberghs, K., Thomas, P., Smits-Engelsman, B., & Steenbergen, B. (2016). Motor imagery training enhances motor skill in children with DCD: A replication study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 57, 54-61.
  4. Wilson, P., Steenbergen, B., Caeyenberghs, K. Green, D., & Duckworth, J. (2016). Integrating new technologies into the treatment of CP and DCD. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 3, 138-151.
  5. Wilson, P., Ruddock, S., Smits-Engelsman, B., Polatajko, H., & Blank, R. (2013). Understanding performance deficits in Developmental Coordination Disorder: A meta-analysis of recent research. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 55(3), 217-228.

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