Dr Alexia Pavlis is an Honorary Fellow with the Institute for Health & Sport. 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.

Recent publications

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

Professional memberships

  • Full Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists

Industry experience

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

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 2559