Katrina Aycardo

Katrina Aycardo

Katrina Aycardo  B.BSc. (Hons), MAPS, MANSA 


Katrina is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society, a member of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, and other organisations, including the ABIA, Autism Victoria, and Autism Speaks.

Kat's work experience has included diverse group of adults and children, including children who have ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD/ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Intellectual Disability and behavioural problems. She studied neuropsychology at the Brain Science Institute where she focused on various aspects of visual attention and information processing of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with and without intellectual disability.

As a PhD Candidate (Neuropsychology), at the Brain Sciences Institute. Swinburne University of Technology Katrina studied the visual attentional processing and reading ability in children and adults: Lower and higher order visual information processing and attention in children with intellectual disability with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Katrina has extensive training and experience in the following areas:

  • Psychological assessment and diagnosis: structured and unstructured clinical interview, motivational interviewing, observation and a range of psychometric tests (e.g. WISC, WPPSI, WAIS, WRAML, BDI, NEO-PR, Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales).
  • Intervention strategies for individuals and families (e.g. CBT, REBT, Mindfulness) for a range of presenting problems in children, adolescents and adults.
  • Training in Autism specific assessment tools (e.g. ADOS, ADI-R) and intervention strategies (e.g. ABA, PRT, PECS).
  • Katrina was involved in the development of the clinic's PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment Course), and is a regular presenter on this course.
  • High level quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Data collection, accurate data entry, analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • Extensive experience with electrophysiological and psychophysical methods.
  • Experience with assessment and intervention for a range of presenting problems for adults, children, adolescents and groups, with a particular focus on children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

1999 – 2006 Part-time team member of the North East region, Victoria Department of Human Services.
2006 – 2008 Sessional Developmental Psychology Tutor at the Monash University Clayton and Caulfield campuses Sessional Behavioural Neuroscience Tutor at Latrobe University Bundoora campus.

Publications and Posters include:

  • Bello, K., Goharpey, N., Crewther, S. & Crewther, D. (2008). A puzzle form of a non-verbal intelligence test gives significantly higher performance measures in children with severe intellectual disability. BMC Pediatrics, 8, 30-38Bello, K. & Goharpey, N. (2007). A puzzle form in a non-verbal intelligence test gives significantly higher performance measures in children with severe intellectual disability. Proceedings of the Autism Research Victoria Conference, 3.
  • Bello, K. D., Goharpey, N., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2005). Error type analysis on the Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices show qualitative differences between children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, and typical development. Poster presented in the Autism Research Forum.
  • Bello, K., Crewther, S. & Crewther, D. (2003). Age related differences in reading rate, intelligence, and transient processing. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, 23-24.
  • Bello, K. D., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2003). Reading and hemispheric asymmetries in global-local processing. Poster presented in the Conference of the Australian Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
  • Bello, K. D., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2002). Reading rate is associated with performance on tasks measuring dorsal and ventral functioning. Poster presented in the Conference for Australian Opthalmology and Visual Sciences.
  • Crewther, S., Lawson, M., Bello, K. & Crewther, D. (2007). The visual attentional blink reflects constraints on temporal visual processing, not just a lapse of visual memory Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 90(4), 282 – 289.
  • Lawson, M., Bello, K., et al. (2002). Is the Attentional Blink related to Working Memory or Executive Function? Investigations in Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 43.