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date: 02 December 2020

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The University of Melbourne hosts a well-known graduate training program in clinical neuropsychology, which was the first formal training program in neuropsychology established in Australia. What is less well known is that neuropsychology research has a much longer history at the University of Melbourne, beginning in the second decade of the 20th century. This chapter briefly traces the early history, which centered on collaborations between staff at the then Melbourne Teachers College and the university department of anatomy. The historical account then leaps forward half a century to describe some of the University staff and key decisions involved in establishing the graduate neuropsychology training program that continues to the current time. Again, many aspects of this more recent history, including the diversity of staff involved, are not well known. Relying on personal recollections, correspondence between staff, and minutes of faculty meetings, this account aims to pay tribute to the many staff involved in the origins of clinical neuropsychology teaching at the University of Melbourne.

Keywords: University of Melbourne, Stanley D. Porteus, neuropsychology, professional training, history of neuropsychology

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