DR Genevieve Rayner

DR Genevieve Rayner


  • Epilepsy (outcome; cognition; psychology; surgery; psychosocial)
  • Neuropsychology (memory; mood; cognition)
  • Neuroscience



  • Genevieve is a practicing clinical neuropsychologist and associate lecturer in neuropsychology at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. As a clinician-scientistist, she balances her clinical and academic work with her role as a postdoctoral researcher with the Epilepsy Genetics Research Program at the Epilepsy Research Centre. Her program of research aims to explore the neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings of mood and cognitive disorders in epilepsy and other neurological conditions, using behavioural, neuroimaging, and genetics methodologies. Genevieve is the co-chair of the Allied Health Professionals Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), a member of the Next Generation Task Force of the ILAE, a founding member and secretary of the ILAE's Young Epilepsy Section (YES) and a member of the Research and Training Subcommittee of the Epilepsy Society of Australia. She is also a YES representative for the 13th Asian and Oceanic Epilepsy Congress Organising Committee.   


Member of

  • International League Against Epilepsy. Allied Health Task Force (co-chair); Young Epilepsy Section (founding member) & Next Generation Task Force (member) 2017 -
  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. Registered clinical neuropsychologist 2013 -
  • Epilepsy Society Australia. Professional member 2012 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2010: Austin Hospital Medical Research Foundation. Wilson SJ, Wrench JM, Saling MM, Rayner G. Autobiographical memory: a neuroimaging paradigm for improving diagnostic accuracy in epilepsy; 2015: Institute for Breathing and Sleep Research Grant. Jackson M, Wilson SJ, Rayner G. Autobiographical memory in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: a neuroimaging study; 2017: University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme. Rayner G. The contribution of cognitive networks to depression in epilepsy; 2017: Moving Ahead CRE Seed Grant. Rayner G. Understanding the role of family dynamics in mood disorder after Traumatic Brain Injury; 2018: University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Research Incentive Scheme. 2019: University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Research Incentive Scheme.   


Education and training

  • Ph.D., University of Melbourne 2015
  • MPsych(ClinNeuro), University of Melbourne 2012
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 2008
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2007

Awards and honors

  • ILAE-Young Epilepsy Section Competitive Travel Bursary, 2019
  • Next Generation Travel Bursary, International League Against Epilepsy, 2018
  • Leadership Development Award, International League Against Epilepsy, 2017
  • Suzanne & Peter Berry International Travel Award, American Epilepsy Society, 2017
  • Competitive Travel Bursary, Epilepsy Society of Australia, 2016
  • Grass Young Investigator Award, American Epilepsy Society, 2016
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2010
  • Commonwealth Education Scholarship, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Genevieve's programme of research explores the interrelationships between cognitive, psychological, and psychosocial features of epilepsy, using behavioural as well as neuroimaging methodologies. She supervises Honours, Masters, and PhD-level candidates.