Dr Kirsten Challinor was awarded a PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University in the area of Vision Science. She has conducted post-doctoral research projects in the Neuroscience Research Group, Aston University, UK, and also in the Psychology Department at University of Sussex, UK, investigating how humans perceive motion, and how the brain processes the information it receives from the eye.


From 2011to 2016, Kirsten worked at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, teaching visual perception, psychology, statistics, evidence-based practice and research methods. She created a bespoke resource statistics for vision students "stats in foucs". She also managed a blended learning project in Medicine- improving supervisor training: clinsupervisor.com. She led the adaptation of this content for Optometry Supervisors: clinsupervisor.com/optometry. Dr Challinor was a manager for a project improving the use of evidence-based practice in Optometry. See www.eboptometry.com.


Currently Kirsten conducts research and teaches at the Australian Catholic University at the Strathfield Campus in Sydney, Australia.

Her research programme has two streams:

  • Vision Science Projects: which seek to further describe and understand the neural mechanisms by which we perceive our world.
  • Education Projects: that aim to increase skills and knowledge in evidence based areas using innovative learning and teaching methods for statistics and research methods. 

Her teaching covers the areas of Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience. In 2020 Dr Challinor supervises 3 Honours, 4 Masters students and 1 PhD student.


Since 2013 Kirsten has taken about 18 months total maternity leave from academia to be the primary carer of her 2 children. Her "return-to-work" during this period has mostly been on a part-time basis varying between 1 to 3 days per week. In 2020 Kirsten works as an academic on a 60% full time basis. 


Honorary Associate in Psychology Macquarie University.

Adjunct Lecturer UNSW Australia.