Kim Cornish is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist at Monash University and a world-leading expert in genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Fragile X syndrome, Autism, Williams syndrome, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and Down syndrome.
Other Appointments and Qualifications: Kim joined Monash University in 2009 from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she held the prestigious Canada Research Chair. She is currently the Head of the School of Psychology and Psychiatry and Lab Director of the Cornish Developmental Lab. She completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Lancaster in 1988 and a PhD in Neuropsychology at the University of London in 1991.
Influence: Professor Cornish’s work includes demonstrating to teachers and clinicians how cognitive delays in each developmental disorder must be addressed with care and attention to their unique qualities. She aims to maximise the strengths of children so that they can achieve their full potential, whether they function at a normal level or face developmental difficulties. Her interdisciplinary focus incorporates a range of techniques (psychology, genetics, brain imaging, psychiatry, and neuroscience) that will help put Fragile X on the Australian health agenda.