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Dr Frank Muscara
Dr Frank Muscara is a part-time research fellow in Clinical Sciences Theme at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. He works as a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice, and was chair of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychology Studies. He has a clinical doctorate in Neuropsychology.
Dr Muscara has a strong interest in mindfulness, and facilitates the mindfulness program for staff at the Murdoch Childrens.
- Research Fellow, Social and Mental Health Aspects of Serious Injury group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- Honorary Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychology Department, The Royal Children's Hospital
Dr Muscara's research expertise lies in behavioural research, specifically working with children and adolescents who have a life threatening illness or injury, and their families. His recent work has investigated long-term psychosocial outcomes in parents following a life threatening illness or injury in their child.
Other research has looked at very-long-term functional outcomes following acquired brain injury (ABI) in children. More specifically, Dr Muscara's expertise lies in assessing and documenting social functioning in children and adolescents with ABI, over time. He has also recently developed a questionnaire measuring social competence in children with ABI (PEERS-Q).
Finally, Frank's interests lie in intervention studies, which aim to improve cognitive and psychosocial outcomes in children/adolescents and their families. His recent work in the Take a Breath project has involved the development and piloting of a clinical web-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy intervention for parents with children hospitalised due to a life threatening illness or injury. The Take a Breath program helps parents to manage the distressing thoughts and feelings that come with having a very sick child.
He also has a specific interest in the research and application of mindfulness.
- Take a Breath
- Moving Ahead Centre for Research Excellence
Muscara, F., McCarthy, M.C., Woolf, C., Hearps, S.J.C., Burke, K., Anderson, V.A. (accepted,15.12.2014). Early psychological reactions in parents of children with a life threatening illness within a pediatric hospital setting. European Psychiatry
Woolf, C., Muscara, F., Anderson, V.A., & McCarthy, M.C., (accepted January 2015) Early Traumatic Stress Responses in Parents Following a Serious Illness in their Child: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Burke, K., Muscara, F., McCarthy, M., Dimovski, A., Hearps, S., Anderson, V., & Walser, R. (2014). Adapting acceptance and commitment therapy for parents of children with life-threatening illness: Pilot study. Families, Systems, & Health, 32(1), 122-127. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000012
Hearps, S.J. McCarthy, M.C., Muscara, F., Hearps, S. J. C., Burke, K., Jones, B., & Anderson, V.A. (2014). Psychosocial risk in families of infants undergoing surgery for a serious congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 24 (04), 632-639. doi:10.1017/S1047951113000760.
Jones, B., Muscara, F., Lloyd, O., McKinlay, L. & Justo, R. (2014) Neurodevelopmental Outcome Following Open Heart Surgery in Infancy: 6 Year Follow-up. Cardiology in the Young
Rosema, S., Muscara, F., Anderson, V., Godfrey, C., Eren, S., & Catroppa, C. (2014) Agreement on and predictors of long term psychosocial development 16 years post childhood traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 31, 899-905.
Rosema, S., Muscara, F., Anderson, V., Godfrey, C., Eren, S., & Catroppa, C. (2014).Young adults' perspectives on their psychosocial outcomes 16 years following childhood traumatic brain injury. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(3), 135-144
Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Muscara, F. (2009) Rehabilitation of executive skills post childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI): A pilot intervention study. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 12(5), 1-9.
Muscara, F., Catroppa, C., Beauchamp, M., & Anderson, V.A. (2010).
Challenges faced and lessons learnt in the development of a new social functioning measure for children and adolescents. Brain Impairment – Special Issue, 11(2), 162-170.
Muscara, F., Catroppa, C., & Anderson, V.A., Eren, S. (2009). The impact of injury severity on long-term social outcome following pediatric traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 19 (4), 541-561.
- The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation
- Scobie & Claire Mackinnon Trust
- NHMRC Moving Ahead Centre for Research Excellence