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Associate Professor Melanie Porter

MAPS , BPsych Macq, MClinNeuropsych Macq, PhD Macq, CCN .

Melanie Porter

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : C3A508
Phone : +61 2 9850 6768
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : melanie.porter@psy.mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Psychology
Macquarie University

Profile

Melanie is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Senior Lecturer in Neuropsychology.

After completing her PhD on the neuropsychological profile of individuals with Williams syndrome, autism, Asperger's syndrome and Down syndrome in 2004, she has worked both as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the private and public sector and as an academic.

Melanie has national and international research collaborators for her work investigating the links between genetic, cognitive and brain abnormalities in Williams syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She also heads a number of projects in the areas of paediatric acquired brain injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation and intervention.

Melanie has supervised over 30 postgraduate students to completion within the fields of Paediatric Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological intervention. She assists with the co-ordination and teaching of the Neuropsychology programs at Macquarie University. Melanie is also founder and co-director of the Faculty Research Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment.

Recent External Appointments

  • Special Issue Editor, Williams Syndrome, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (2015)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Childhood and Developmental Disorders. (2015 continuing)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. (2014 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • College of Clinical Neuropsychologists

Awards

  • Promotion to Associate Professor (Level D) (2015), Porter, M.A.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre Scheme (2016 - 2018) "Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment." Porter, M.A., Brock, J., Hudson, J.L., Cornish, J., Castles, A., McArthur, G., Badcock, N.A., Cupples, L., Sharma, M., ($75,000)
  • Jerome Lejeune Foundation Research Grant (2016) “The role of oxytocin in social behaviour and anxiety in Williams-Beuren Syndrome.” (€35,000) Tassabehji, M., & Porter, M.A. ($54,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grants (2014 - 2015) "The role of oxytocin in modulating anxiety and social behaviour in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders." Porter, M.A., Tassabehji, M., Hocking, D., Wong, Q., Williams, M., Rapee, R., & Dissanayake, C. ($49,737)
  • Williams Syndrome Association of NSW (2013 - 2016) “A multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Williams syndrome.” Porter, M.A. ($83,554)
  • Macquarie University Restart Grant (2013) "Cognitive, motor and brain function in Down syndrome." Porter, M.A. ($18,750)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Belief Formation Program Grant. (2013) "The Cognitive and Neurological Underpinnings of Psychosis in Down Syndrome." Porter, M.A. ($8,658)
  • APEX Foundation (2013) "Exploring attention and motor control in Williams syndrome and Down syndrome" Porter, M.A., Hocking, D.R., Menant, J., Smith, S., & Lord, S. ($17,867)
  • APEX Foundation (2012) "Exploring the cognitive-motor profile in individuals with intellectual disability." Hocking, D.R., Porter, M.A., Menant, J., Smith, S., Lord, S., & Cornish, K.M. ($20,140)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Porter, M.A. (2008). Cognitive and social skills in neurodevelopmental disorders: An examination of Williams syndrome, Down syndrome and autism. Germany: VDM Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Porter, M.A. (2013). Williams syndrome. In B. Auday, M. Buratovich, G. Marrocco & P. Moglia (Ed.), Magill’s Medical Guide (7th ed., pp. 2385-2387). New York: Salem Press Inc.
  • Riby, D.M., & Porter, M. (2010). Williams syndrome. In J. Holmes (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior: Developmental Disorders and Interventions (pp. 163-209). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Porter, M.A. (2009). Social functioning in Down syndrome: A neuropsychological perspective. In Jelinek, D. & Dvorak, G. (Eds.), Handbook of Down syndrome research (pp. 123-157). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Periodicals

  • Brawn, G., & Porter, M.P. (2017). Adaptive functioning in Williams syndrome: A systematic review. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. doi:10.1080/1034912X.2017.1353680
  • Jacomb, I., Porter, M., Brunsdon, R., Mandalis, A., & Parry, L. (In Press). Cognitive outcomes of pediatric stroke. Child Neuropsychology. doi:10.1080/09297049.2016.1265102
  • Lewis, A., Porter, M., Williams, T., Bzishvili, S., North, K., & Payne, J. (2017). Facial emotion recognition, face scan paths, and face perception in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. Neuropsychology, 31(4), 361-370. doi:10.1037/neu0000340
  • Pawela, C., Brunsdon, R.K., Williams, T.A., Porter, M., Dale, R.C., & Mohammad, S.S. (2017). The neuropsychological profile of children with basal ganglia encephalitis: A case series. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59, 445-448. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13351
  • Payne, J., Porter, M., Bzishvili, S., & North, K. (2017). Atypical Local Interference Affects Global Processing in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 1-5. doi:10.1017/S1355617717000224
  • Lewis, A., Porter, M., Williams, T., North, K., & Payne, J. (2016). Social competence in children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Relationships with psychopathology and cognitive ability. Journal of Childhood and Developmental Disability, 2(2), 12.
  • McSwiggan, S., Meares, S., & Porter, M. (2016). Decision-making capacity evaluation in adult guardianship: A systematic review. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(3), 373-384.
  • Payne, J., Porter, M., Pride, N., & North, K.N. (2016). Theory of mind in children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Neuropsychology, 30(4), 439-448. doi:10.1037/neu0000262
  • Wiggs, K., Tofts, L., Benson, S., & Porter, M. (2016). The neuropsychological function of children with achondroplasia. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 170(11), 2882-2888. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.37779
  • Hocking, D., Reeve, J., & Porter, M. (2015). Characterising the profile of everyday executive functioning and relation to IQ in adults with Williams syndrome: Is the BRIEF adult version a valid rating scale? PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0137628. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137628
  • Brawn, G., & Porter, M.P. (2014). Adaptive functioning in Williams syndrome and its relation to demographic variables and family environment. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(12), 3606-3623. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.012
  • Hocking, D.R., Menant, J.C., Kirk, H.E., Lord, S., & Porter, M.A. (2014). Gait profiles as indicators of domain-specific impairments in executive control across neurodevelopmental disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(1), 203-214. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2013.10.005
  • Lee , R.S., Hermens, D.F., Scott, J., Redoblado-Hodge, M.A., Naismith, S.L., Lagopoulos, J., Griffiths, K.R., Porter, M.A., & Hickie, I. (2014). A meta-analysis of neuropsychological functioning in first-episode bipolar disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 57, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.06.019
  • Payne, J., Pickering, T., North, K., Prelog, K., Oates, E. & Porter, M.A. (2014). Longitudinal assessment of cognition and T2-hyperintensities in NF1: An 18-year study. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 164(3), 661-665. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.36338
  • Williams, T.A., Porter, M.A., & Langdon, R. (2014). Social approach and emotion recognition in Fragile X Syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 119, 133-150. doi:10.1352/1944-7558-119.2.133
  • Godbee, K., & Porter, M. (2013). Attribution of negative intention in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(5), 1602–1612. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2013.01.019
  • Godbee, K., & Porter, M. (2013). Comprehension of sarcasm, metaphor and simile in Williams syndrome. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48, 651-655. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12037
  • Hocking, D.R., Thomas, D., Menant, J., Porter, M.A., Smith, S., Lord, S., & Cornish, K.M. (2013). The interplay between executive control and motor functioning in Williams syndrome. Developmental Science, 16(3), 428–442. doi:10.1111/desc.12042
  • Lee , R.S.C., Hermens, D.F., Redoblado-Hodge, M.A., Naismith, S.L., Porter, M.A., Kaur, M., White D., Scott, E.M., & Hickie, I.B. (2013). Neuropsychological and socio-occupational functioning in young psychiatric outpatients: A longitudinal investigation. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58176. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058176
  • Lee , R.S.C., Redoblado-Hodge, M.A., Naismith, S.L., Hermens, D.F., Porter, M.A., & Hickie, I.B. (2013). Cognitive remediation improves memory and psychosocial functioning in first-episode psychiatric outpatients. Psychological Medicine, 43, 1161-1173. doi:10.1017/S0033291712002127
  • Shaw, T., & Porter, M. (2013). Emotion recognition and visual-scan paths in Fragile X Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(5), 1119-1139. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1654-1
  • Williams, T.A., Langdon, R., & Porter, M.A. (2013). Hyper-reactivity in Fragile X Syndrome females: Generalized or specific to socially-salient stimuli? A skin conductance study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88(1), 26-34. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.12.009
  • Williams, T.A., Porter, M.A., & Langdon, R. (2013). Viewing social scenes: A visual scan-path study comparing Fragile X Syndrome and Williams Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 1880–1894. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1737-z
  • Lee , R.S.C., Hermens, D.F., Porter, M.A., & Redoblado-Hodge, M.A. (2012). A meta-analysis of cognitive deficits in first-episode Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 140(2), 113-124.
  • Moore, D., Porter, M.A., Kohnen, S., & Castles, A. (2012). Detecting different types of reading difficulties: A comparison of tests. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 36(2), 112-133. doi: 10.1017/jse.2012.11
  • Porter, M., Dobson-Stone, C., Kwok, J., Schofield, P., Beckett, W., & Tassabehji, M. (2012). A role for transcription factor GTF2IRD2 in executive function in Williams-Beuren syndrome. PLoS One, 7(10), e47457. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047457
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2011). Interpretation of ambiguous situations: evidence for a dissociation between social and physical threat in Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(30), 266-274. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-1048-1
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2011). There's that scary picture: attention bias to threatening scenes in Williams syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 49, 247-253.
  • Porter, M.A., & Dodd, H.F. (2011). A longitudinal study of cognitive abilities in Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 36(2), 255-272. doi:10.1080/87565641.2010.549872
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2010). I see happy people: attention towards happy but not angry facial expressions in Williams syndrome. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. doi:10.1080/13546801003737157
  • Dodd, H.F., Porter, M.A., Peters, G.L., & Rapee, R.M. (2010). Social approach in preschool children with Williams syndrome: The role of the face. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research., 54(3), 194-203.
  • Porter, M.A., Shaw, T., & Marsh, P.J. (2010). An Unusual Attraction to the Eyes in Williams-Beuren Syndrome: A Manipulation of Facial Affect while Measuring Face Scanpaths. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15(6), 505-530. doi:10.1080/13546801003644486
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2009). Psychopathology in Williams Syndrome: The Effect of Individual Differences Across the Life Span. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2, 89-109.
  • Dodd, H.F., Schniering, C.A., & Porter, M.A. (2009). Beyond Behaviour: Is social anxiety low in Williams syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(12), 1673-1681.
  • Porter, M.A., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2008). Theory of Mind in Williams Syndrome Assessed Using a Nonverbal Task. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 806-814.
  • Porter, M.A., Dodd, H., & Cairns, D. (2008). Psychopathological and behavior impairments in Williams-Beuren syndrome: The influence of gender, chronological age and cognition. Child Neuropsychology, 15(4), 359-374.
  • Porter, M.A., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2007). The neuropsychological basis of hypersociability in Williams and Down syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 45(12), 2839-2849.
  • Porter, M.A., & Coltheart, M. (2006). Global and local processing in Williams, autistic and Down syndrome: Perception, attention and construction. Developmental Neuropsychology, 30(3), 771-789.
  • Porter, M.A., & Coltheart, M. (2005). Cognitive heterogeneity in Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 27(2), 275-306.
  • Cheng, K., Pena, J., Porter, M.A., & Irwin, J.D. (2002). Self control in honeybees. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9, 259-263.

Published Abstracts

  • Hocking, D., Menant, J., Porter, M., Garnham, C., Kirk, H., & Cornish, K. (2012). Multilevel complex interactions between cognitive and motor domains in Williams syndrome [Abstract]. ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.
  • Dodd, H., Porter, M.A., Peters, G.L., & Rapee, R.M. (2009). Early Manifestation of the Social/non-Social Anxiety Distinction in Williams Syndrome [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: 12th International Professional Conference on Williams Syndrome.
  • Porter, M.A., & Dodd, H. (2008). A Longitudinal Study of Cognitive Functioning in Williams Syndrome [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 12th International Professional Conference on Williams Syndrome.
  • Porter, M.A. (2006). Theory of Mind in Williams Syndrome Assessed Using a Nonverbal Task [Abstract]. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 313.
  • Porter, M.A. (2004). Emotional recognition and social approach in Williams and Down Syndrome [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 56, 133.
  • Porter, M.A. (2004). Evidence for two distinct subgroups of Williams Syndrome based on differences in cognitive and socio-emotion abilities [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology.
  • Porter, M. (2002). William's syndrome, autism and down syndrome: a comparison of three neurodevelopmental disorders [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology.
  • Porter, M., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2002). Developmental neuropsychology and genetics [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology.
  • Porter, M. (2001). Can studying neurodevelopmental disorders aid cognitive science and cognitive neuropsychiatry [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53(2), 124.
  • Porter, M., & Kinoshita, S. (2000). The Perceptual and Conceptual Basis of False Memories [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Berry, J. & Porter, M. (2015, November). Neuropsychological Intervention: Could you be doing more for your patients? Symposium conducted at the 21st Annual Conference APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Shoal Bay.
  • Honan, I., Hutchinson, D., Porter, M., & Richard, M. (2015, November). The Bayley Scales III: A performance comparison of Australian 36-39 month-old children with the United States normative sample. Poster session presented at the 21st Annual Conference APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Shoal Bay.
  • Afshar, S., Porter, M., Barton, B., & Stormon, M. (2015, July). Long-term cognitive outcomes after paediatric liver transplantation: Waiting time matters. Paper presented at the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Honan, I., Hutchinson, D., Porter, M., & Richard, M. (2015, July). The Bayley Scales III: A performance comparison of Australian 12 month-old children with the United States normative sample. Poster session presented at the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Reeve, J., Porter, M.A., & Hocking, D. (2015, July). Executive function in adults with Williams Syndrome. Poster session presented at the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Berry, J., & Porter, M.A. (2014, September). Practical aspects of conducting and evaluating neuropsychological intervention. Presentation given at the Neuropsychology Case Rounds, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A. (2014, September). Williams syndrome: Latest research findings and future directions. Paper presented at the Williams Syndrome Australia Conference, Sydney.
  • Ross, S., Sangster, J., Hodge, A., Porter, M., & Chambers, M. (2012, November). Attention difficulties in children and adolescents with a history of maltreatment. Poster session presented at the College of Clinical Neuropsychology conference, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • Wilcox, A., Hocking, D., Menant, J., Porter, M., & Lord, S. (2012, November). The interaction between cognitive and motor domains in Down syndrome. Poster session presented at the College of Clinical Neuropsychology conference, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • Afshar, S., & Porter, M.A. (2012, July). Facial emotion expression in William’s Syndrome and Down Syndrome. Poster session presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-year Meeting, Oslo, Norway.
  • Porter, M., Freeth, M., Hanley, M., & Riby, D. (2011, April). Attention to social information in Autism and Williams syndrome. Symposium conducted at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Payne, J.M., Pickering, T., Porter, M., Oates, E.C., & North, K.N. (2011, January). Longitudinal assessment of cognition and T2-hyperintensities in NF1: an 18 year study. Paper presented at the Children's Tumor Foundation Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, USA.
  • Porter, M.A. (2010, November). Emotion Recognition in Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. The Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services. Paper presented at the Psychology Annual Conference, Parramatta, Sydney.
  • Shaw, T.A., & Porter, M.A. (2010, March). Visual-scan paths and emotion recognition in Fragile X syndrome. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, MD, USA.
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2009, December). Williams syndrome: An unusual profile of Anxiety. Poster session presented at the The British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, London, UK.
  • Porter, M. & Kohnen, S. (2009, July). Can spelling intervention improve the learning of new words in a child with phonological dysgraphia? Paper presented at the 5th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dodd, H.F., & Porter, M.A. (2009, March). Williams syndrome: An unusual profile of anxiety? Poster session presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Conference 29th Annual Conference, New Mexico, USA.
  • Dodd, H.F., Schniering, C.A., & Porter, M.A. (2009, March). Self-report of anxiety in Williams syndrome. Presentation given at the 42nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New Orleans, USA.
  • Shaw, T.A., & Porter, M.A. (2008, November). Social functioning in Fragile X syndrome. Presentation given at the Department of Linguistics and Psychology Research Festival, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Benson, S., & Porter, M.A. (2008, October). Social enhancement training in paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation given at the NSW BIRP Forum, Forster, Australia.
  • Van Deb Berg, S., Barton, B., & Porter, M.A. (2008, September). The Mathematical Profile of Children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS). Presentation given at the British Psychological Society Conference, Southampton, UK.
  • Porter, M.A., & Dodd, H. (2008, July). A longitudinal study of cognitive functioning in Williams syndrome. Presentation given at the Williams Syndrome Professional Conference, California, USA..
  • Shaw, T.A., & Porter, M.A. (2007, December). Social functioning in females with Fragile X syndrome: An overview. Presentation given at the Department of Linguistics and Psychology Research Festival, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Porter, M.A. (2007, September). Williams Syndrome Research: Where are we now and where are we heading? Presentation given at the Australian Williams Syndrome Conference, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A. (2007, July). Social Functioning in Children Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation given at the 11th Brain Injury Research Forum: Friendships and Brain Injury, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A., Peterson, C., Ruffman, T., & DeRosnay, M. (2007, July). Where do we go from here? The future of social cognition research with young children and atypical populations. Presentation given at the Australasian Human Development Conference, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006, December). Theory of mind in Williams syndrome as assessed using a nonverbal task. Paper presented at the Brainwaves: The Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Meeting, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A. (2006, July). Cognitive and genetic heterogeneity in Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the Williams Syndrome Workshop, Reading, UK.
  • Porter, M.A., & Coltheart, M. (2006, July). Cognitive and genetic heterogeneity in Williams Syndrome. Paper presented at the Williams Syndrome Workshop, Reading, England.
  • Porter, M.A. (2006, March). Cognitive and genetic heterogeneity in Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A. (2006, March). A cognitive neuropsychological model of social processing. Paper presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A., & Coltheart, M. (2006, March). Cognitive and genetic heterogeneity in Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.
  • Porter, M.A., & Coltheart, M. (2006, March). A cognitive neuropsychological model of social processing. Paper presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

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