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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Motor skill impairment in children & adults
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Motor control
  • Motor imagery and action observation

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Jacqueline Williams

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 and Institute for Sport and Health.

Jacqueline is passionate about improving the lives of individuals diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and her research focuses on understanding some of the causes of the disorder, alongside measuring the impact the disorder on individuals and families and understanding how this burden can be reduced. She works closely with Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc., to provide support for families affected by DCD and coordinates the Australian DCD Research Register.

Jacqueline is also interested in other motor skill disorders, like cerebral palsy, and understanding 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology), RMIT University, Australia, 2007
  • BHlthSci in Human Movement (Hons), ACU, 2002

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Rudd, J. R., O Callaghan, L., & Williams, J. (190501). Physical education pedagogies built upon theories of movement learning: How can environmental constraints be manipulated to improve children s executive function and self-regulation skills?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(9),

doi: 10.3390/ijerph16091630

2019 Barhoun, P., Fuelscher, I., Kothe, E. J., He, J. L., Youssef, G. J., Enticott, P. G., Williams, J., & Hyde, C. (190401). Motor imagery in children with DCD: A systematic and meta-analytic review of hand-rotation task performance. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 99 (282-297).

doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.02.002

2019 Hyde, C., Fuelscher, I., Enticott, P. G., Jones, D. K., Farquharson, S., Silk, T. J., Williams, J., & Caeyenberghs, K. (190101). White matter organization in developmental coordination disorder: A pilot study exploring the added value of constrained spherical deconvolution. NeuroImage: Clinical, 21

doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.101625

2019 Reynolds, J. E., Billington, J., Kerrigan, S., Williams, J., Elliott, C., Winsor, A. M., Codd, L., Bynevelt, M., & Licari, M. K. (190101). Mirror neuron system activation in children with developmental coordination disorder: A replication functional MRI study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 84 (16-27).

doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.11.012

2018 Spittle, A. J., FitzGerald, T., Mentiplay, B., Williams, J., & Licari, M. (181001). Motor impairments in children: More than just the clumsy child. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54(10), (1131-1135).

doi: 10.1111/jpc.14149

2018 Fuelscher, I., Caeyenberghs, K., Enticott, P. G., Williams, J., Lum, J., & Hyde, C. (180301). Differential activation of brain areas in children with developmental coordination disorder during tasks of manual dexterity: An ALE meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 86 (77-84).

doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.01.002

2018 Hyde, C., Fuelscher, I., Williams, J., Lum, J. AG., He, J., Barhoun, P., & Enticott, P. G. (180101). Corticospinal excitability during motor imagery is reduced in young adults with developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 72 (214-224).

doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.11.009

2017 Kashuk, S. R., Williams, J., Thorpe, G., Wilson, P. H., & Egan, G. F. (170915). Diminished motor imagery capability in adults with motor impairment: An fMRI mental rotation study. Behavioural Brain Research, 334 (86-96).

doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.06.042

2017 Buszard, T., Farrow, D., Verswijveren, S. JJM., Reid, M., Williams, J., Polman, R., Ling, F. CM., & Masters, R. SW. (170822). Working memory capacity limits motor learning when implementing multiple instructions. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(AUG),

doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01350

2017 Frazer, A. K., Williams, J., Spittle, M., & Kidgell, D. J. (170401). Cross-education of muscular strength is facilitated by homeostatic plasticity. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(4), (665-677).

doi: 10.1007/s00421-017-3538-8

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Using Brain Stimulation to Improve Strength and Function in Individuals with Cerebal Palsy
From: Career Development Grant
Investigators: Dr Alessandra Ferri
For period: 2019-2022
$90,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

External co-supervisor for a PhD candidate (Jessica Reynolds) at the University of Western Australia, who successfully completed her studies in 2017. Co-supervised a number of 4th year Psychology students at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and at VU since 2013.

Teaching activities & experience

Jacqueline is Unit Coordinator of AHE3126 Motor Control, which is a core unit in a number of exercise science related degrees at VU. The unit is designed to give students an understanding of how the central nervous system controls movement. She has also been a regular contributor to AHE2127 Motor Learning over many years.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2010 - Aug 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jul 2009 - Aug 2019
Honorary Research Fellow
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Jul 2009 - Dec 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Victoria University
Oct 2007 - Jul 2009
Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2010 -
Aug 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jul 2009 -
Aug 2019
Honorary Research Fellow
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Jul 2009 -
Dec 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Victoria University
Oct 2007 -
Jul 2009
Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Nov 2018 - Aug 2019
Deputy Director
Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc.
Feb 2016 - Nov 2018
Board Member
Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc. (previously Dyspraxia Kids Australia)
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Nov 2018 - Aug 2019
Deputy Director
Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc.
Feb 2016 - Nov 2018
Board Member
Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc. (previously Dyspraxia Kids Australia)

Awards

Year Award
2011

Vice Chancellor's Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (ECR) - Victoria University

Professional memberships

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