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Darren Hocking Senior Research Fellow, Psychology

Darren is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Developmental Neuromotor & Cognition Lab (DNCLab) within the School of Psychology and Public Health. He holds Hononary Research Fellow positions at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Macquarie University. Since receiving his PhD in 2010, he has held Research Fellow positions at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Monash University (under a Monash Research Fellowship). Darren has broad research interests in executive function, dual-task processing and motor control, especially the effects of early cerebellar dysfunction on motor, cognitive and affective outcomes. He explores these interests using a range of motor, gait, posture and neuroimaging technologies in several model disorders of cerebellar dysfunction including Williams syndrome, autism, Down syndrome and fragile X premutation. Another line of research focuses on the impact of variations in oxytocin on structure and function of the amygdala as related to social and emotional functioning in Williams syndrome and autism. Darren has published more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in highly regarded journals such as Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, and Developmental Science and Neurology. He is a recipient of funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), ARC Linkage and a range of internal and philanthropic funding schemes to support his work. Darren is commited to supporting the training of research students, and has supervised 7 Honours students, 2 Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology and 2 PhD students through to completion.

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