Dr Rebecca (Beck) Mitchell MBBS (Hons) FRACP
Developmental and behavioural difficulties: general developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties and intellectual disability, developmental differences in medical syndromes, speech and language difficulties, sleep problems and fussy eating, challenging behaviours and ADHD.
Background and Training:
Rebecca is a developmental and general paediatrician with many years of experience. She graduated from Monash University with honours and trained at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Rebecca undertook advanced training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics, which fostered a holistic approach to addressing all of the factors that affect child development. As a consultant, Rebecca has worked with the Department of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she holds an honorary appointment, and in private practice. Rebecca focuses on understanding each child’s strengths and difficulties, in the context of their family and wider community, and uses evidence-based intervention approaches to help each child achieve their best. As a mother of two young boys, Rebecca understands the challenges of parenting, and finds working with families to make everyday life smoother a very rewarding part of her work.
Research and Memberships:
Rebecca is currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the departments of Neurodevelopment and Neurology at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Her PhD is investigating developmental outcomes and autism spectrum disorder in children with a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Her work involves understanding the biological causes of autism and the way different ‘types’ of autism present. Rebecca been awarded the Leslie Eric Paddle Scholarship in Neurology, The Viola Edith Bequest and the Galli Trust Scholarship to support her research. Rebecca has presented at the RCH Developmental Medicine Symposium, The Hopkins Neurology Symposium and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association Annual Conference and, has authored several scientific papers. She is a member of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia.