Roodenrys, Steven J.

Associate Professor

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Early Start Research Institute

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • The major focus of my research has been the area of verbal short-term memory, and particularly understanding how it relates to broader language and memory processes.  This falls within the broader area of working memory, and as a consequence I have also engaged in research on working memory deficits in children with ADHD and reading disability.  I have an interest in improving cognitive function and have been involved in research on cognitive training in children with ADHD, and a number of studies looking at the impact of nutritional interventions on cognitive function in adults, including adults with dementia.

    I have also developed an interest in the psychological correlates of mindfulness, supervising a variety of student projects in this area.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • We have developed a non-drug treatment for children with ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and made it available around the world.  Our treatment is in the form of computer software which provides a fun "wizard in training" themed environment to help children train to improve important abilities such as memory, impulse control, and attention control. The training software was available commercially from 2013 to 2016 and has been available free-of-charge since January 2017.  <br /><br />To date, many thousands of children have used the treatment and experienced benefits such as better control of their behaviour, better concentration in the classroom, and more effective completion of schoolwork.  Parents and teachers have reported significant reductions in the typical symptoms of ADHD such inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive behaviours. Crucially, have provided a non-drug treatment alternative to parents, and we have a substantial amount of research evidence that supports the benefits of the treatment.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Verbal short-term and working memory

    Cognitive processes underlying computer coding/ learning to code

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Role of Fruit Polyphenols on Cognition in Older Adults Igwe, Ezinne
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining resting EEG features and applying non-pharmacologic interventions among Chinese children with AD/HD Zhang, Dawei
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Beliefs about Safety Behaviours Meyer, Johanna
    Doctor of Philosophy Neurocognitive training for children with AD/HD - implications for day-to-day activities including school Richardson, Joanne
    Doctor of Philosophy the Role of Semantic Features in Immediate Serial Recall Lau, Mabel
    Doctor of Philosophy Serial Recognition Task and its Role in Explicating Short-Term Memory Josifovski, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effects of Loneliness on Cognition Across the Psychosis Continuum. Wei, Maryann
    Master of Philosophy The Relationship Between Working Memory and Computer Coding Performance Zammit, Jessica
    Doctor of Philosophy An Investigation of the Cognitive Processes Underlying Facial Expression Recognition Keough, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Schizotypy: Consideration of neurological soft signs, language and affective factors De Leede-Smith, Saskia
    Attention restoration effects on Autobiographical memory specificity for individuals with depression. Serrano, Anitta
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between cognitive function and treatment adherence in patients with chronic kidney disease-potential causes, impact on outcomes and trial of improvement strategies Murali, Karumathil
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The effect of Arabic Linguistic features on verbal short-term memory Catan, Haider

Outreach Overview


  • I have reviewed grants for the ARC, ESRC and journal submissions for over 25 different journals in cognition, language and development.

Located In Facility


Top Publications


Research Overview


  • The major focus of my research has been the area of verbal short-term memory, and particularly understanding how it relates to broader language and memory processes.  This falls within the broader area of working memory, and as a consequence I have also engaged in research on working memory deficits in children with ADHD and reading disability.  I have an interest in improving cognitive function and have been involved in research on cognitive training in children with ADHD, and a number of studies looking at the impact of nutritional interventions on cognitive function in adults, including adults with dementia.

    I have also developed an interest in the psychological correlates of mindfulness, supervising a variety of student projects in this area.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • We have developed a non-drug treatment for children with ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and made it available around the world.  Our treatment is in the form of computer software which provides a fun "wizard in training" themed environment to help children train to improve important abilities such as memory, impulse control, and attention control. The training software was available commercially from 2013 to 2016 and has been available free-of-charge since January 2017.  <br /><br />To date, many thousands of children have used the treatment and experienced benefits such as better control of their behaviour, better concentration in the classroom, and more effective completion of schoolwork.  Parents and teachers have reported significant reductions in the typical symptoms of ADHD such inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive behaviours. Crucially, have provided a non-drug treatment alternative to parents, and we have a substantial amount of research evidence that supports the benefits of the treatment.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Verbal short-term and working memory

    Cognitive processes underlying computer coding/ learning to code

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Role of Fruit Polyphenols on Cognition in Older Adults Igwe, Ezinne
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining resting EEG features and applying non-pharmacologic interventions among Chinese children with AD/HD Zhang, Dawei
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Beliefs about Safety Behaviours Meyer, Johanna
    Doctor of Philosophy Neurocognitive training for children with AD/HD - implications for day-to-day activities including school Richardson, Joanne
    Doctor of Philosophy the Role of Semantic Features in Immediate Serial Recall Lau, Mabel
    Doctor of Philosophy Serial Recognition Task and its Role in Explicating Short-Term Memory Josifovski, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effects of Loneliness on Cognition Across the Psychosis Continuum. Wei, Maryann
    Master of Philosophy The Relationship Between Working Memory and Computer Coding Performance Zammit, Jessica
    Doctor of Philosophy An Investigation of the Cognitive Processes Underlying Facial Expression Recognition Keough, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Schizotypy: Consideration of neurological soft signs, language and affective factors De Leede-Smith, Saskia
    Attention restoration effects on Autobiographical memory specificity for individuals with depression. Serrano, Anitta
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between cognitive function and treatment adherence in patients with chronic kidney disease-potential causes, impact on outcomes and trial of improvement strategies Murali, Karumathil
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The effect of Arabic Linguistic features on verbal short-term memory Catan, Haider

Outreach Overview


  • I have reviewed grants for the ARC, ESRC and journal submissions for over 25 different journals in cognition, language and development.

Located In Facility


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