Nicole J. Rinehart

Professor Nicole J. Rinehart BA(Hons), MClin.Psych., PhD (Monash), MAPS

Clinical Psychologist


Nicole is the Director of the Deakin Child Centre and holds the Chair of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Melbourne Children’s Clinic.

Nicole’s area of practice and research expertise is in the field of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Asperger’s disorder and ADHD. She established the Deakin Child Study Centre in 2013 to create a new platform in the community for researchers and industry to come together and make a real difference in the lives of children who face developmental challenges.

Nicole has recently established a national partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL), Moose Toys, and the National Disability Insurance Agency to conduct the ‘biggest game changer for children with a disability’ in Australian sports to date: the establishment of the website. Thanks to the generous funding from Moose Toys, the ALLPlay team will contribute evidence-based research to shape the AFL Disability Action plan ensuring that all children who have a disability are ‘playing on an even ground’.

Nicole currently serves on the Board of Directors at Autism Victoria (AMAZE).  She has contributed to the NHMRC Clinical Practice Statement for ADHD and the revision of the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines for Developmental Disabilities.  Since receiving the Rising Start Award (College of Clinical Psychologists), and the Queens Trust for Young Australian Awards, she has continued to be an active member of the Australian Psychological Society, with current engagement in the Division of Psychological Research, Education & Training and previously held the role of Secretary of the Victorian Section of the College of Clinical Psychologists.

Professor Rinehart has been at the forefront of international efforts to identify clinical indices of neuromotor dysfunction in children with autism, Asperger’s disorder, and ADHD.  Nicole is the recipient of multiple National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) funded grants.  Nicole has published a series of world-first studies in establishing developmental profiles and needs of children who have developmental disorders.  She has translated this work into clinical practice via the many clinical training seminars she has participated in around the world, including Malaysia, India, Scotland, and the USA.