Dr Jacqueline Williams joined VU as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2009 and now works as a senior lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science.

She completed her PhD in Psychology at RMIT University in 2007 after completing an Exercise Science degree at Australian Catholic University and has previously been employed at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (2006-2009) and the University of Melbourne (2007-2009).

Jacqueline's main research focus is on the underlying cause of poor motor skills in children and how movements are represented in the human brain. Her research utilises transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and fMRI to examine motor imagery, motor planning and movement control.

In 2011, she was awarded the VU Vice Chancellor's Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (ECR) in recognition of her significant collaborative network both in Australia and overseas.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Hyde, C., Fuelscher, I., Enticott, P. G., Reid, S. M., & Williams, J. (2015). Rapid On-Line Control to Reaching Is Preserved in Children With Congenital Spastic Hemiplegia Evidence From Double-Step Reaching Performance. Journal of Child Neurology, 30, 1186-91.

Wright, D.M., Williams, J., & Holmes, P.S. (2014). Combined action observation and imagery facilitates corticospinal excitability. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 951.

Hyde, C., Fuelscher, I., Buckthought, K., Enticott, P., Gitay, M., & Williams, J. (2014). Motor imagery is less efficient in adults with probably developmental coordination disorder: Evidence from the hand rotation task. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 3062-3070.

Butson, M., Hyde, C., Steenbergen, B., & Wiliams, J. (2014). Assessing motor imagery using the hand rotation task: Does performance change across childhood? Human Movement Science, 35, 50-65

Williams, J., Hyde, C., & Spittle, A. (2014). Developmental Coordination Disorder and Cerebral Palsy: Is there a continuum? Current Developmental Disorders Report, 1, 118-124.

View Jacqueline's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Research grants

  • 2011: L.E.W. Carty Charitable Trust: $41,321
  • 2008: Jack Brockhoff Foundation: $36,000; L.E.W. Carty Charitable Trust: $32,000
  • 2007: Lynne Quayle Charitable Trust: $30,000

Teaching responsibilities

AHE3126 Motor Control

AHE2127 Motor Learning


AHE3126 Motor Control

Postgraduate Research Students and Fellows


2 Honours students

Current supervision

Co-supervision of 1 PhD student

Research Grants

2010: 2 internal funding grants from Victoria University, totalling $50,000

2007-2009: Internal research grants from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, totalling $46,000

2008: Jack Brockhoff Foundation: $36,000; L.E.W. Carty Charitable Trust: $32,000

2007: Lynne Quayle Charitable Trust: $30,000

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Research into Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • International Society of Motor Control
  • European Academy of Childhood Disability
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society


Areas of expertise

  • Motor control
  • Motor imagery and action observation
  • Motor skill improvement in children - Developmental Coordination Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disorders (ADHD, etc)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Dr Jacqueline Williams

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