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Dr Kirsten Challinor Name: Dr Kirsten Challinor
Senior Lecturer
+612 9701 4183
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW)
Edward Clancy Building(Bldg.640 - 167-169 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135)-Ground-RoomG.11
Biographical Information

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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 this resource for students: and managed a blended learning project in Medicine- improving supervisor training: She led the adaptation of this content for Optometry Supervisors: Dr Challinor was a manager for a project improving the use of evidence-based practice in Optometry. See


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 2019 Dr Challinor supervises 3 Honours, 3 Masters 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 2019 Kirsten works as an academic on a 60% full time basis. 


Honorary Associate in Psychology Macquarie University.

Adjunct Lecturer UNSW Australia.



A list of my publications is here:


Selected Publications

Challinor, K. L., Mond, J., Stephen, I. D., Mitchison, D., Stevenson, R. J., Hay, P., & Brooks, K. R. (2017). Body size and shape misperception and visual adaptation: An overview of an emerging research paradigm. Journal of International Medical Research45(6), 2001-2008.


Khuu, S. K., Honson, V. J., & Challinor, K. L. (2015). The Influence of Cast Shadows on the Detection of Three-Dimensional Curved Contour Structure. Perception45(4).


Suttle, C. M., Challinor, K. L., Thompson, R. E., Pesudovs, K., Togher, L., Chiavaroli, N., &hellip Jalbert, I. (2015). Attitudes and barriers to evidence-based practice in optometry educators. Optometry and Vision Science92(4).


Challinor, K. L., & Mather, G. (2010). A motion-energy model predicts the direction discrimination and MAE duration of two-stroke apparent motion at high and low retinal illuminance. Vision Research50(12), 1109&ndash16.


Mather, G., & Challinor, K. L. (2009). Psychophysical properties of two-stroke apparent motion. Journal of Vision9, 1&ndash6.


Meese, T. S., Challinor, K. L., Summers, R. J., & Baker, D. H. (2009). Suppression pathways saturate with contrast for parallel surrounds but not for superimposed cross-oriented masks. Vision Research,49(24), 2927&ndash2935.


Meese, T. S., Challinor, K. L., & Summers, R. J. (2008). A common contrast pooling rule for suppression within and between the eyes. Visual Neuroscience25(4), 585&ndash601.




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