Miss Jessica O'Rielly

Miss Jessica O'Rielly
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Email jessica.orielly@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4329
 Location Floor/Room 1 10 ,  Hughes ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background


    2014 to present

    Combined PhD/ Masters of Psychology (Organisational/ Human Factors) - University of Adelaide.

    Topic: “Sensorimotor control across the lifespan.”

    Supervisors: A/Prof Anna Ma-Wyatt and A/Prof Nicholas Burns 


    Bachelor of Psychology Honours (1st class) - University of Adelaide, Australia

    Thesis topic: “Online control of goal directed reaching across the lifespan: A chronometric analysis of reaching”.

    Supervisor: Dr Anna Ma-Wyatt


    Bachelor of Psychological Science – University of Adelaide  

    Major: Psychology

    Minor: Indonesian language and culture.


    Research Interests

    Australia has seen a rise in the number of individuals within the residential population that are 60 years and older. While it is well established that normal aging is accompanied by a general slowing of both cognitive and physical ability, how this relates to the ability to conduct and regulate sensorimotor limb movement is yet to be fully determined. My research interests broadly lie within the area of sensorimotor control (hand eye coordination) and the changes across the lifespan. Specifically, I am interested in describing and documenting the functional differences in performance on sensorimotor integration tasks within an aging cohort. This is achieved through a combined utilisation of saccadic, chronometric and kilometric analysis with attention to the potential underlying mechanisms.


    Scholarships and Awards

    2014 – Present

    Australian Postgraduate Award. A highly competitive scholarship awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a HDR in Australia.


    Young Australian of the Year.  Awarded for outstanding volunteer service within the community.


    The University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship.


    The University of Adelaide Academic Achievement Award.


    Published and Presented works

    O’Rielly, J., Kane, A., Walker, L., Verghese, P., & Ma-wyatt, A. (in progress). Online control is incomplete in older people.


    Florey Postgraduate Research Conference.  Poster: ‘Sensorimotor control across the lifespan’.


    Employment and Volunteerism


    Tutor (School of Psychology University of Adelaide), Foundations of Perception and Cognition, Perception and Cognition. Duties included: Facilitating group tutorial sessions, responsible for marking student work and providing feedback, general administration and attending to student inquiries.

    Future study Expo. Represented the Department of Psychology at the Future Study Expo.  Provided advice and insight to potential new students.


    Co-Program Facilitator and youth worker with SibWorks.  The project involved a RCT of a support intervention designed to target families with special needs.

    Co-Program Facilitator and youth worker with Playford Alive, Police and Communities Together (P.A.C.T) and OPAL.  Facilitating youth criminal and health intervention programs within a high risk, low socioeconomic population area. 



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Entry last updated: Thursday, 9 Aug 2018

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