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Dr Frank Muscara

Dr Frank Muscara

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Role Senior Research Officer
Research area Clinical Sciences
Dr Frank Muscara is the team leader in Digital Health Research at MCRI. He is also an honorary neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and an honorary senior researcher at the University of Melbourne.

His work in the digital health implementation space includes the development and implementation of an online questionnaire measuring social competence in children (the PEERS-Q), and the design and trial of an online mental health intervention for parents with children hospitalised due to a life-threatening illness or injury. He is now leading an implementation study, providing access to this program for parents across numerous different hospital departments and services, as part of standard clinical care. He is also working is stroke research and is contributing to the development of an Australasian database for stroke rehabilitation research.

His expertise in mindfulness practice has also led him to establish a mindfulness program to support staff wellbeing at the Institute.

He has been an invited speaker and a keynote speaker at a number of conferences, specifically around parent mental health, and digital health innovation and implementation.
Dr Frank Muscara is the team leader in Digital Health Research at MCRI. He is also an honorary neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and an honorary senior researcher at the University of Melbourne.

His work in the digital health...
Dr Frank Muscara is the team leader in Digital Health Research at MCRI. He is also an honorary neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and an honorary senior researcher at the University of Melbourne.

His work in the digital health implementation space includes the development and implementation of an online questionnaire measuring social competence in children (the PEERS-Q), and the design and trial of an online mental health intervention for parents with children hospitalised due to a life-threatening illness or injury. He is now leading an implementation study, providing access to this program for parents across numerous different hospital departments and services, as part of standard clinical care. He is also working is stroke research and is contributing to the development of an Australasian database for stroke rehabilitation research.

His expertise in mindfulness practice has also led him to establish a mindfulness program to support staff wellbeing at the Institute.

He has been an invited speaker and a keynote speaker at a number of conferences, specifically around parent mental health, and digital health innovation and implementation.

Top Publications

  • Hourani, D, Darling, S, Cameron, E, Dromey, J, Crossley, L, Kanagalingam, S, Muscara, F, Gwee, A, Gell, G, Hiscock, H, et al. What Makes for a Successful Digital Health Integrated Program of Work? Lessons Learnt and Recommendations From the Melbourne Children's Campus. Frontiers in Digital Health 3: 661708 2024
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  • Anderson, V, Hearps, S, Beauchamp, M, Darling, S, Catroppa, A, Payne, J, Haritou, F, Galvin, J, Muscara, F, Anderson, V. The Pediatric Evaluation of Emotions, Relationships, and Socialization Questionnaire (PEERS-Q). Development and validation of a parent-report questionnaire of social skills for children. Australian Journal of Psychology Accepted for Publication: 2024
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  • Botchway-Commey, E, Muscara, F, Greenham, M, D’Cruz, K, Bonyhady, B, Anderson, V, Scheinberg, A, Knight, S. Rehabilitation models of care for children and youth with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries: A focus on service structure, service organization, and the barriers and facilitators of rehabilitation service provision. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 33(10) : 1697 -1727 2023
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  • Evans-Barns, HME, Hall, M, Trajanovska, M, Hutson, JM, Muscara, F, King, SK. Psychosocial Outcomes of parents of children With Hirschsprung disease Beyond Early Childhood. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2023
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  • Collins, A, D’Cruz, K, Jackman, A, Anderson, V, Jenkin, T, Scheinberg, A, Muscara, F, Knight, S. Engaging children and adolescents with acquired brain injury and their families in goal setting: The family perspective. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 33(1) : 1 -23 2023
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