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Role Theme Director - Clinical Sciences
Research area Clinical Sciences
Professor Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist, working across clinical, research and academic sectors. She held the position as the Director of Psychology Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 2002-2023. She holds executive roles at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, including Director, Clinical Sciences Research and Clinical Lead of the Digital Health program. She is an Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Psychology & Pediatrics).

Her primary research and clinical interest focuses on improving outcomes from early childhood brain disorders. Her research team, Brain and Mind Research, has contributed to this field over 25 years, establishing the vulnerability of the young brain to injury and working to better understanding factors contributing to resilience and vulnerability in young children. Her recent work has built upon evidence for the importance of the family in maximising recovery from childhood injury and illness, and her team is exploring parent-focused e-health interventions as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function. Major translational achievements include: i) publication of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children, used by psychologists across the world; ii) development of easily accessed, low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function; iii) development of a novel, comprehensive iPad delivered assessment tool for social competence (PEERs: patent pending); iv) digital health tools for monitoring child post concussion symptoms (endorsed in a partnership with the Australian Football league); and v) authorship of the first-ever international paediatric sports concussion guidelines of the International Consensus on Sports Concussion.

She has published over 600 peer reviewed papers, 6 books, and has $50M (AUD) in competitive research funds to her credit. She is Associate Editor of the APA journal ‘Neuropsychology’ and the British Psychological Society ‘Journal of Neuropsychology’. She has received a number of honours for her accomplishments: First Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in Australia (2002), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists. She is a founding board member of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, president of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and past president of the International Neuropsychological Society. She is a member of Research Advisory Committees of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation, Member of Expert Reference Group, National Collaboration Network for Children’s Health Information, Australian Digital Health Agency. She has held Australian National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Senior Practitioner Fellowships (2009-2019) and Investigator Fellowship (2022-2026).
Professor Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist, working across clinical, research and academic sectors. She held the position as the Director of Psychology Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 2002-2023. She holds...
Professor Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist, working across clinical, research and academic sectors. She held the position as the Director of Psychology Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 2002-2023. She holds executive roles at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, including Director, Clinical Sciences Research and Clinical Lead of the Digital Health program. She is an Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Psychology & Pediatrics).

Her primary research and clinical interest focuses on improving outcomes from early childhood brain disorders. Her research team, Brain and Mind Research, has contributed to this field over 25 years, establishing the vulnerability of the young brain to injury and working to better understanding factors contributing to resilience and vulnerability in young children. Her recent work has built upon evidence for the importance of the family in maximising recovery from childhood injury and illness, and her team is exploring parent-focused e-health interventions as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function. Major translational achievements include: i) publication of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children, used by psychologists across the world; ii) development of easily accessed, low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function; iii) development of a novel, comprehensive iPad delivered assessment tool for social competence (PEERs: patent pending); iv) digital health tools for monitoring child post concussion symptoms (endorsed in a partnership with the Australian Football league); and v) authorship of the first-ever international paediatric sports concussion guidelines of the International Consensus on Sports Concussion.

She has published over 600 peer reviewed papers, 6 books, and has $50M (AUD) in competitive research funds to her credit. She is Associate Editor of the APA journal ‘Neuropsychology’ and the British Psychological Society ‘Journal of Neuropsychology’. She has received a number of honours for her accomplishments: First Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in Australia (2002), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists. She is a founding board member of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, president of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and past president of the International Neuropsychological Society. She is a member of Research Advisory Committees of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation, Member of Expert Reference Group, National Collaboration Network for Children’s Health Information, Australian Digital Health Agency. She has held Australian National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Senior Practitioner Fellowships (2009-2019) and Investigator Fellowship (2022-2026).

Top Publications

  • Anderson, VA, Godber, T, Smibert, E, Weiskop, S, Ekert, H. Impairments of attention following treatment with cranial irradiation and chemotherapy in children.. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 26(5) : 684 -697 2004
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  • Stuss, DT, Anderson, V. The frontal lobes and theory of mind: developmental concepts from adult focal lesion research.. Brain Cogn 55(1) : 69 -83 2004
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  • Anderson, PJ, Wood, SJ, Francis, DE, Coleman, L, Warwick, L, Casanelia, S, Anderson, VA, Boneh, A. Neuropsychological functioning in children with early-treated phenylketonuria: impact of white matter abnormalities.. Dev Med Child Neurol 46(4) : 230 -238 2004
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  • Anderson, PJ, Wood, SJ, Francis, DE, Coleman, L, Warwick, L, Casanelia, S, Anderson, VA, Boneh, A. Neuropsychological functioning in children with early‐treated phenylketonuria: impact of white matter abnormalities. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 46(4) : 230 -238 2004
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  • Fornito, A, Yücel, M, Wood, S, Stuart, GW, Buchanan, J-A, Proffitt, T, Anderson, V, Velakoulis, D, Pantelis, C. Individual differences in anterior cingulate/paracingulate morphology are related to executive functions in healthy males.. Cereb Cortex 14(4) : 424 -431 2004
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