Intern: Andrew Cookson, PhD Candidate, Monash University
Academic Mentor: Professor Kate Smith-Miles, Monash University

“A group of child behavioural psychologists have developed a medical device for assessing and improving the attention levels of young children with developmental delay disorders. The game is designed to help develop the children’s cognitive skills and also assist with diagnosis. The problem is that there are so many variables that it can be difficult to determine whether or not the child is improving.”

“I’m using my knowledge of mathematics and also my background in psychology to make the data more digestible for the psychologists. Data from the program will be used when determining a strategy for the child’s progress. The psychologists rely on this information, and they definitely recognise the importance of mathematics in developing this tool.”