Dr Shelley Hyman

Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc (psychol) Hons, MClinNeuropsych, PhD (Med) MAPS CCN

Dr Shelley Hyman

Dr Shelley Hyman has been running the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre since 2006. Dr Hyman has a very strong basis in research and all her assessment and therapy programs are run according to a scientist-practitioner model by which she will only utilise scientifically proven techniques. She has a four year undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New South Wales, getting a high distinction in her honours research. She was then accepted into the Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University, the only neuropsychology degree offered in NSW. She also started in 1998 a PhD from Sydney University in medicine, which was based at the clinical school at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, giving her a specialty in Paediatrics and Child Health. During this time she helped establish the NF1 Learning Disability Clinic. She worked for 8 years at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and then went overseas for 2 years working at both the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel and the Dana Children’s Hospital.


Dr Shelley Hyman is a fully registered psychologist under the Psychologist Board of Australia. She has specialist registration as a fully endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also a member of the International Neuropsychological Society. She is an approved Supervisor for the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University.

During her time at the various hospitals and university affiliations, she has raised numerous grants and awards for her internationally recognised research, totaling over $2 million. In 2005 she was awarded a large 3 year grant from the US army to conduct international research into cognitive remediation programs with children.

Dr Shelley Hyman is a regular reviewer for various medical journals such as the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

She has had extensive experience working with patients with childhood  neurodevelopmental/ genetic disorders, head injury, brain tumours, epilepsy,  pervasive developmental disorders (autism), ADHD and learning disabilities. Her passion since 2004 has been in developing cognitive training programs for children utilising the latest technologies. Her main area of interest is combining traditional psychotherapy with cognitive training to be able to maximising everyday functioning in a very wholistic manner. She greatly enjoys working with both children and adults.

When she is not at the centre she is running after her two children (aged 4 & 10 years), doing karate, and meditating…. sometimes all at the same time!

Grants & Awards

2007-2010: $US502,170

Hyman SL New Investigator Award: US Army Materiel Research and Medical Command. “The functional impact of cognitive deficits upon children with NF1 and the efficacy of cognitive-based remediation therapies”

2005-2009:  $US1,101,272

North KN, Hyman SL, Shores AE, Janusz J, Packer R, Glass P, Barton BInvestigator-Initiated Research Award: US Army Materiel Research and Medical Command. “Early identification of cognitive deficits in children with Neurofibromatosis type 1”

2003-2005:  $US70,000

Hyman SL Young Investigator Award: The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation (2003-2005) “A Clinical Screening Package for Cognitive Deficits in NF1”

2002: $500

Hyman SL Luria Award for the best PhD Presentation: Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (2002) “Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Longitudinal Study”

Publications for Dr Shelley Hyman

Payne J., Hyman S.L., Shores E.A., & North K.N. (2011) Assessment of executive function and attention in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: relationships  between cognitive measures and real-world behavior. Child Neuropsychology,17(4):313-29

Hyman, SL., Gill, D., Shores E.A., Steinberg, A., & North, K.N. (2007) Specific Regions of T2-Hyperintensities in Children with NF1 and their relationship to Cognitive Functioning. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 78, 1088-1091.

Hyman, S.L., Shores, E.A., Gill, D., & North, K.N. (2006). Learning disabilities in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: subtypes, cognitive profile, and attention-  deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 48, 973-977.

Gill, D., Hyman, SL., Steinberg, A & North, K.N. (2006). Age-related findings on MRI in Neurofibromatosis type 1.  Pediatric Radiology; 36: 1048-1056.

Hyman, SL., Shores E.A., & North, K.N. (2005). The Nature and Frequency of Cognitive Deficits in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Neurology, 65, 1037-  1044.

Hyman, SL., Shores E.A., Gill, D., Steinberg, A., & North, K.N. (2004). Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Neuropsychological and Neuroradiological Aspects. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 40.

Hyman, SL. Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Cognitive Profile, Natural History and Pathogenesis.  2004. PhD Dissertation.

Hyman, S.L., Shores E.A., Gill, D., Steinberg, A.,  & North, K.N. (2003). Natural History of Neuropsychological Ability and T2-Hyperintensities in Patients with  Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Neurology, 60, 1139-1145.

North, K.N, Hyman, S., & Barton, B. (2002). Cognitive Functioning in Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Journal of Child Neurology, 17:616-623.

Young, H., Hyman, S. & North, K. (2002) Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Clinical Manifestations and Exceptions to the rule. Journal of Child Neurology, 17:624-632

Hyman, S., North, A., Shores, A., Gill, D., & Steinberg, A. (2002). Natural history of cognitive deficits and brain lesions in neurofibromatosis 1. Journal of International  Neuropsychological Society, 8, 499.

Hyman, S.L., Shores E.A., Steinberg, A., Gill, D., & North, K.N. (2002). Natural History of Neuropsychological Ability and T2-Hyperintensities in Patients with
Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Brain Impairment, 3, 80.

Hyman, S.L. An analysis of the mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of memory reactivation. 1997. Honours Thesis