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Brain and Mind

Our clinical research aims to improve the lives of children with brain injury by contributing to the development of knowledge in the field at the level of theory, practice and implementation.

Our Objectives:

  • To better understand the cognitive, behavioural, educational, emotional and social impacts of childhood brain disorders, and their interactions.
  • To explore mechanisms for long term difficulties following brain insult, using a bio-psycho-social framework.
  • To better understand normal child development.
  • To develop novel evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques to enhance clinical practice and maximise accuracy of diagnosis in children with brain disorders.
  • To develop and evaluate psychological and pharmacological interventions for the treatment of children with brain disorders and their families.
  • To support high quality doctoral and post-doctoral training within a scientist-practitioner model


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Group Members: 
Alice Maier
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Research Psychologist
Alison Schokman
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Honours Student
A/Prof Amanda Wood
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Honorary Fellow Manager
Anita Chisholm
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PhD Student
Dr Carmen Pace
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Research Officer
Cathriona Clarke
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Research Assistant
A/Prof Cathy Catroppa
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Senior Research Fellow
Dr Celia Godfrey
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Senior Research Officer
Erin Mckay
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PhD Student
Edith Botchway
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Research Assistant
Emma Giliberto
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Masters/PhD Student
Fabian Fabiano
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Research Assistant
Francesca Lami
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Research Assistant
James Morgan
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Research Assistant
Joy Noelle Yumul
Role: 
Masters/PhD Student
Kristina Haebich
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Lauren Taylor
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Research Assistant
Louise Crossley
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Research Coordinator/PhD Student
Dr Mardee Greenham
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Research Officer
Mary Iliadis
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Personal Assistant to Vicki Anderson
Dr Michael Takagi
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Senior Research Officer
Dr Megan Chapman
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Research Associate
Dr Michelle Tollit
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Research Officer
Nick Anderson
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Research Assistant
Nicholas Ryan
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Integrative Fellow
Nikita Tuli
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PhD Student
Olivia Ng
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Research Assistant
Rachel Mackenzie
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Masters Student
Dr Simone Darling
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Business Development Officer/Project Manager
Stephen Hearps
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Senior Research Officer
Vanessa Rausa
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Research Assistant
Zamantha Munoz Rodrig
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Course Placement Student

Program 1: Concussion research - Vicki Anderson

Program 2: Genetics and development - Jonathan Payne

Program 3: Digital health - Frank Muscara

Program 4. Developmental insult and intervention – Louise Crowe

Program 5: Gender research - Ken Pang

Program 6: Infant mental health - Brigid Jordan

Clinical Sciences collaborate to tackle mental health consequences of COVID-19 for vulnerable children
Principal Investigators: Dr Louise Crowe, Prof Vicki Anderson, A/Prof Daryl Efron, Prof David Coghill

The COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic has caused the Australian federal and state governments to introduce a range of social distancing and lifestyle retrictions to slow the rate of infection.  For young people, this has meant great change in schooling with remote education, the closure of playgrounds, playcentres, cultural and recreation centres.  (i.e., museums, zoos, cinema, etc), and restrictions on socializing with extended family and friends.  The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be magnified in children and adolescents with these pre-existing physical and mental health conditions, such as children who are patients of the Royal Children's Hospital.

A large multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers across the Campus with expertise in mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, acquired brain injury and chronic illness are involved in this project.  We will be trackling mental heatlh outcomes across 6 months in a large group of patients and investigate change as restrictions are lifted and life for children and adolescents becomes more normal.

Our aim is to identify the extend of child and family mental health problems in the context of COVID-19, and to develop rapid, effective resources and intervetions for clinical implementation.