Melissa Licari

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 357 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Melissa Licari is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Autism Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute and also currently holds an Adjunct Position within the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia. She has a keen interest in movement, in particular understanding motor deficits in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including developmental coordination disorder, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and cerebral palsy.

She maintains close links with the Paediatric Exercise Programs at the University of Western Australia, in particular the MiniGym and UniGym programs, remedial movement programs for children with a variety of conditions impacting on their movement.

Roles and responsibilities

Supervisor of honours, masters and doctoral studies related to child motor development, neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental disorders.





  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental neurology
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuroimaging

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 357 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Editorial: DCD12

Piek, J. P., Licari, M., Hands, B. & Barnett, A. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Research in Developmental Disabilities. 84, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

4 Citations (Scopus)

Mirror neuron system activation in children with developmental coordination disorder: A replication functional MRI study

Reynolds, J. E., Billington, J., Kerrigan, S., Williams, J., Elliott, C., Winsor, A. M., Codd, L., Bynevelt, M. & Licari, M. K., Jan 2019, In : Research in Developmental Disabilities. 84, p. 16-27 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
Motor Skills Disorders
Self Concept
Muscle Strength

Prevalence of Motor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Analysis of a Population-Based Cohort

Licari, M. K., Alvares, G. A., Varcin, K., Evans, K. L., Cleary, D., Reid, S. L., Glasson, E. J., Bebbington, K., Reynolds, J. E., Wray, J. & Whitehouse, A. J. O., 18 Oct 2019, In : Autism Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Autistic Disorder
Spectrum Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Brain Basis of Comorbidity in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Licari, M. K., Finlay-Jones, A., Reynolds, J. E., Alvares, G. A., Spittle, A. J., Downs, J., Whitehouse, A. J. O., Leonard, H., Evans, K. L. & Varcin, K., Mar 2019, In : Current Developmental Disorders Reports. 6, 1, p. 9-18 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Projects 2010 2010