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.

We aim to:

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

Our programs


Featured publications

A data-driven approach to identify trajectories of prenatal alcohol consumption in an Australian population-based cohort of pregnant women. PubMed 2022. Muggli E, Hearps S, Halliday J, Elliott EJ, Penington A, Thompson DK, Spittle A, Forster DA, Lewis S, Anderson PJ. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-08190-4

Experiences of Pain in Hospitalized Children During Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Therapy. PubMed 2021. Plummer K, McCarthy M, McKenzie I, Newall F, Manias E. doi: 10.1177/10497323211034161

Generating Evidence of Critical Care Nurses' Perceptions, Knowledge, Beliefs, and Use of Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Guided Imagery. PubMed 2021. Heiderscheit A, Vernisie S, Magee WL, Shoemark H. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000452

One-Stage, Limited-Resection, Epilepsy Surgery for Bottom-of-Sulcus Dysplasia. PubMed 2021. Macdonald-Laurs E, Maixner WJ, Bailey CA, Barton SM, Mandelstam SA, Yuan-Mou Yang J, Warren AEL, Kean MJ, Francis P, MacGregor D, D'Arcy C, Wrennall JA, Davidson A, Pope K, Leventer RJ, Freeman JL, Wray A, Jackson GD, Harvey AS. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000012147

The Effect of a Voice-Centered Psycho-Educational Program on Maternal Self-Efficacy: A Feasibility Study. PubMed 2021. Shoemark H, Dahlstrøm M, Bedford O, Stewart L. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052537

Deep phenotyping of socio-emotional skills in children with typical development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and mental health conditions: Evidence from the PEERS. PLoS ONE 2023. Anderson V, Darling S, Hearps S, Darby D, Dooley J, McDonald S, et al. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291929

Contact us

Mary Iliadis
Personal Assistant to Professor Vicki Anderson