Dr Alexia Pavlis
Lecturer, College of Health & Biomedicine and Co-Director, VU Psychology Clinic
Dr Alexia Pavlis is lecturer in Psychology in the College of Health & Biomedicine, and Co-Director of the VU Psychology Clinic at VU at MetroWest. She is an experienced clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in mental health and neurology settings across the lifespan, and has a particular interest and experience in working with children and young people with developmental, mental health and neurological conditions.
Dr Pavlis’ research interests include investigations of consumer experiences within mental health and medical settings, such as carer experiences of caring for people with progressive neurological disorders, and evaluation of group therapy programs for children and young people. Current research includes a collaboration with the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) looking at substance use in LGBTIQA+ youth and youth in out of home care.
Refereed journal articles
Granger, S., Pavlis, A., Collett, J., & Hallam, K.H. (submitted). Depression avoidance in bipolar disorder: A potential manic defence in euthymia. Journal of Affective Disorders.
Andrews, S. C., Pavlis, A., Staios, M., & Fisher, F. (2016). Which behaviours? Identifying the most common and burdensome behaviour changes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 1-10. doi:10.1080/13548506.2016.1164871
Chan, H. M., Stolwyk, R., Kelso, W., Neath, J., Walterfang, M., Mocellin, R., Pavlis, A., & Velakoulis, D. (2014). Comparing neurocognition in severe chronic schizophrenia and frontotemporal dementia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(9), 828-837. doi:10.1177/0004867414529477
Kritikos, A., McNeill, J., & Pavlis, A. (2008). Temporal dissociation between distractors and targets: The impact of residual distractor processing on target responses. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40(1), 29-42. doi:10.3200/JMBR.40.1.29-42
Kritikos, A., & Pavlis, A. (2007). The impact of Degraded distractors on (Nondegraded) target identification. Experimental Brain Research, 183(2), 159-170. doi:10.1007/s00221-007-1028-7
Coordination & teaching
- APP3026 Cognitive Psychology
- APP3037 Clinical Aspects of Psychology
- APH4071 Professional Orientation (Psychological Assessment)
- APM5018 Psychological Practice 2: Psychological Assessment
- APC5206 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- APC5216 Clinical Psychology Assessment 1
- APC6211 Neuropsychology Disorders & Psychopharmacology
- APC6086 Clinical Assessment
13 Honours students, 2 MPsych students, 5 DPsych students.
Supervision of 2 Honours students and 3 MPsych students.
Clinical supervision of MAppPsych (Clinical & Community) trainees on placement in the VU Psychology Clinic.
- Full Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
Alexia has extensive experience as a clinical neuropsychologist at The Alfred, Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Melbourne Clinic and in private practice.
Areas of expertise
- Paediatric neuropsychology
- Neuropsychology of mental illness
- Psychological assessment