School Readiness outcomes of early neuroprotection/ neurorehabilitation for children at high risk of Cerebral Palsy

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Multiple PhD research opportunities exist in the areas of educational and developmental psychology, clinical psychology and/or neuropsychology, focusing on the early childhood outcomes of children at high risk of Cerebral Palsy, based at the Center for Child Health Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia—one of Australia’s most research-intensive academic institutions and consistently included in the world’s top 50 universities across several independent major rankings. Potential candidates will have a strong interest in research in educational and developmental psychology, clinical psychology and/or neuropsychology along with a First-Class Honours Degree in Psychology/Psychological Sciences. The project focuses on assessing school readiness outcomes in a cohort of children at high risk of Cerebral Palsy, including cognition, communication, behaviour, and the parent-child relationship. Preference will be given to candidates who are either provisionally or fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Roslyn Boyd

Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of developmental, clinical and/or neuropsychology as it relates to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and/or school readiness and competency in administering standardized psychological test batteries such as the Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of neurodevelopmental disabilities and/or school readiness along with some experience in administering standardized tests to preschool or early-school aged children is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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