Dr Alicia Spittle
Dr Spittle is a Physiotherapist and Post-Doctoral Researcher who leads the motor team of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies group. She is a current recipient of a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship, a Chief Investigator on two NHMRC project grants and a Chief Investigator on the NHRMC Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine.
She has been awarded over $4 million in funding over the past five years and has published in the highest-ranking journals of her field. In addition to her research, she works clinically in the neonatal intensive care unit and follow-up clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital and as a lecturer in paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.
- Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
- Senior Physiotherapist, Royal Women's Hospital
- 2014: Top 4 paper, Australiasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Conference
- 2012: Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC
- 2012: Anne McCoy Award, for outstanding services to paediatric physiotherapy Australian Physiotherapy Association
- 2011: Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science
- 2011: Mac Keith Press Promising Career Award for best paper by an early career researcher, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Dr Alicia Spittle has a special interest in early identification and intervention for infants at risk on neurodevelopmental impairments including cerebral palsy and developmental co-ordination disorder.
Her research has focused on the early detection of neurodevelopmental disorders using both magnetic resonance imaging and neurological/ neurobehavioural examinations in the newborn period. She is passionate about improving outcomes of children born at high-risk of neurodevelopmental impairments, especially those children born preterm and has been involved in several randomised controlled trials aimed at improving both child and family outcomes.
- VIBeS 2: Neurobehavioural development of infants born <30 weeks' gestational age and their parents' psychological wellbeing between birth and three years of age
- VIBeS Plus
Spittle AJ, Orton J. Cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder in children born preterm. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. Apr 2014;19(2):84-89.
Spittle AJ, Thompson DK, Brown NC, et al. Neurobehaviour between birth and 40 weeks gestation in infants born <30 weeks gestation and parental psychological wellbeing: predictors of brain development and child outcomes. BMC pediatrics. Apr 24 2014;14(1):111
Spittle AJ, Spencer-Smith MM, Cheong JL, et al. General Movements in Very Preterm Children and Neurodevelopment at 2 and 4 Years. Pediatrics. Jul 22 2013.
Spittle AJ, Spencer-Smith MM, Eeles AL, et al. Does the Bayley-III Motor Scale at 2 years predict motor outcome at 4 years in very preterm children? Developmental medicine and child neurology. May 2013;55(5):448-452.
Spittle A, Orton J, Anderson P, Boyd R, Doyle LW. Early developmental intervention programmes post-hospital discharge to prevent motor and cognitive impairments in preterm infants. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;12:CD005495.
Spittle AJ, Cheong J, Doyle LW, et al. Neonatal white matter abnormality predicts childhood motor impairment in very preterm children. Developmental medicine and child neurology. Nov 2011;53(11):1000-1006.
Spittle AJ, Anderson PJ, Lee KJ, et al. Preventive care at home for very preterm infants improves infant and caregiver outcomes at 2 years. Pediatrics. Jul 2010;126(1):e171-178.
Spittle AJ, Doyle LW, Anderson PJ, et al. Reduced cerebellar diameter in very preterm infants with abnormal general movements. Early Hum Dev. Jan 2010;86(1):1-5.
Spittle AJ, Treyvaud K, Doyle LW, et al. Early emergence of behavior and social-emotional problems in very preterm infants. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Sep 2009;48(9):909-918.
Spittle AJ, Boyd RN, Inder TE, Doyle LW. Predicting motor development in very preterm infants at 12 months' corrected age: the role of qualitative magnetic resonance imaging and general movements assessments. Pediatrics. Feb 2009;123(2):512-517