Spotlight Project - Meet the Team

The Spotlight Project team is led by Professor Kim Cornish and Dr Katherine Johnson. Together, they provide 35 years of combined research experience in investigating how children can concentrate in the classroom, listen to the teacher, and learn.

Professor Cornish, Dr Johnson and their teams at Monash University and the University of Melbourne respectively are working together to help understand how children develop in the early years of school, through an improved understanding of attention and concentration in the classroom.

Professor Kim Cornish

Principal Researcher

(kim.cornish@monash.edu)

Professor Kim Cornish is Head of the Monash School of Psychological Sciences and Director at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN). She is a leading developmental cognitive neuroscientist who has a strong international reputation for interdisciplinary research in the field of attention and disorders of attention, and specifically in defining the unique cognitive and behavioural profiles and trajectories of infants, children, and adolescents with attention difficulties.


Dr Katherine Johnson

Principal Researcher

(kajo@unimelb.edu.au)

Dr Katherine Johnson is a leading expert in attention control in children and adolescents. She has extensive experience in running large research projects investigating attention control in school-age children, with and without developmental disorders. Her main research interest is in executive control of behaviour, with a special focus on attention control in children and young adults.


Frances Lewis

Research Fellow

(flewis@unimelb.edu.au)

Dr Frances Lewis is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has extensive experience in conducting research with children, with a particular focus on the development of attention and motor skills. She is particularly interested in the links between cognitive processes and physical abilities. Frances will be helping run the Spotlight project, and has extensive experience conducting research within school settings.


Dr Candice Bowman

Research Fellow

(candice.bowman@monash.edu)

Dr Candice Bowman is a research fellow at Monash University and the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN).  She has extensive experience in conducting research with young people, including clinical populations. Candice will be helping run the Spotlight project, and will liaise with schools across Victoria.