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Professor Vicki Anderson
Professor Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist, working across clinical, research and academic sectors. She is the Director of Psychology at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Senior Practitioner Fellow and a University of Melbourne Professorial Fellow (Psychology & Paediatrics).
Her primary research and clinical interest focuses on improving outcomes from early childhood brain disorders. Her research team, The Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychology Studies, 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.
Professor Anderson has over 480 publications, 6 books, and $30 million 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: 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 Association, a board member of the International Brain Injury Association, board member of Australian ADHD Professionals Association and past president of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. She is president-elect for the International Neuropsychological Society. Member of Research Advisory Committee, Queensland Children's Hospital Foundation, Member of Expert Reference Group, National Collaboration Network for Children's Health Information, Australian Digital Health Agency.
- 2018-2019: President-elect, International Neuropsychological Society (voted by Society membership)
- 2017: Fellowship: Hotchkiss Research Institute Calgary, Canada
- 2017: Founding Board Member, Australian ADHD Professionals Association
- 2016-2019: Member, Board of Governors, International Neuropsychological Society
- 2016: Board of Governors, International Brain Injury Association
- 2015: Foundation Fellow, Aust. Academy of Health & Medical Sciences
- 2015: PEERS: runner-up: National iAwards: Research and Development
- 2014: SONNY: winner: National iAwards: Research and Development
- 2014: SONNY digital health solution: Winner US Health 2.0 Launch!
- 2014: Fellow, of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists
- 2013: Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
- 2007: Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia
- 2004: Fellow, Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Professor Anderson's research interests are in disorders of childhood that disrupt brain development. Her primary research aim is to better understand the impact of acquired brain injury (e.g., head injury, stroke) for the developing brain, and in identifying ways of preventing and treating the resultant impairments.
The goal of our team is to improve our understanding of how concussion symptoms develop and what the risk factors are for developing persisting Post-Concussion Symptoms (PCS) in children and adolescents. Additional, we are focused on tailoring and administering interventions for young children who experience PCS.
The research activities of our team are motivated by a desire to improve understanding of paediatric concussion and to develop effective treatment methods.
In collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital Child Stroke Program, our team are studying the impact of stroke on the developing brain and how children recover after a stroke. Our team are motivated by improving outcomes for children affected by stroke and their families. In 2019, we developed Australia's first clinical guideline for the Subacute Rehabilitation of Childhood Stroke to provide health professionals with recommendations for care. Our current research is focused on discovering ways to identify children most at risk of developing problems and developing effective treatments.
Global demand for accessible, evidence-based and cost-effective healthcare is rising. Advances in technology together with its increasing use and declining costs have opened up valuable opportunities for its application in healthcare. The Digital Health team is focused on identifying new ideas and approaches to the incorporation of technology in the paediatric health setting, and aims to develop and evaluate digital health solutions, that can be implemented into clinical care at the Royal Children's Hospital.
Socio-emotional skills are crucial for developing satisfying relationships; failure in this domain can have significant consequences for well-being across the lifespan such as bullying, social anxiety and isolation. However, no well-validated socio-emotional assessments exist, limiting our ability to effectively intervene. The Paediatric Evaluation of Emotions Relationships and Socialisation (PEERS) battery was developed by our team to address this gap. Embedded in the SOCIAL (Socio-Cognitive Integration of Abilities model, Beauchamp & Anderson, 2010) biopsychosocial theoretical framework, PEERS Clinical is a child-direct, interactive, individually administered assessment of social skills delivered via iPad by a trained assessor. PEERS-Q is a rating scale (teacher, parent, self-report) to complement PEERS by assessing social skills in daily life. Normative data has been collected on over 600 typically developing children aged 4-18 years, and 250 children with clinical diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.
Shapiro, S, Silk T, Takagi M, Anderson N, Clarke C, Davis G, Dunne K, Hearps S, Ignatovic V, Rausa V, Seal, M, Babl F, Anderson V. Examining the structure of white matter differences between children with typical and delayed recovery two weeks post-concussion. Journal of Neurotrauma (accepted Nov, 2019)
Babl, F.E., Pfeiffer, H., Dalziel, S., Oakley, E., Anderson, V., Borland, M., Phillips, N., Kochar, A., Dalton, S., Cheek, J., Gilhotra, Y., Fury, J., Neutze, J., Bressan, S., Donath, S., Hearps, S., Crowe, L. (2019) Paediatric Intentional Head Injuries in the Emergency Department. A multicentre prospective cohort study. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 31, 546-554
Beauchamp, M.H., Vera-Estay, E., Forasse, F., Anderson, V. and Dooley, J. (2019) Moral reasoning and decision-making in adolescents who sustain traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 33(1), 32-39
Bhide, S., Sciberras, E., Anderson, V., Hazell, P., Nicholson, J.M. (2019) Association between parenting style and socio-emotional and academic functioning in children with and without ADHD: a community-based study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23(5), 463-474
Botchway, E.N., Godfrey, C., Anderson, V., Nicholas, C.L., Catroppa, C. (2019) Outcomes of subjective sleep-wake disturbances 20 years after traumatic brain injury in childhood. Journal of Neurotrauma, 36(5), 669-678
Botchway, E.N., Godfrey, C., Nicholas, C.L., Hearps, S., Anderson, V., Catroppa, C. (2019) Objective sleep outcomes 20 years after traumatic brain injury in childhood. Disability and Rehabilitation, EPub
Burn, M., Tully, L.A., Jiang, Y., Piotrowska, P.J., Collins, D.A.J., Sargeant, K., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R.K., Frick, P.J., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E.R., Dadds, M.R. (2019) Evaluating practitioner training to improve competencies and organizational practices for engaging fathers in parenting interventions. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50(2), 230-244
Chavez Arana, C., Catroppa, C., Yanez-Tellez, G., Prieto-Corona, B., Amaya-Hernandez, A., de Leon, M.A., Garcia, A., Gomez-Raygoza, R., Hearps, S.J.C., Anderson, V. (2019) How do parents influence child disruptive behavior after acquired brain injury? Evidence from a Mediation Model and Path Analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25(3), 237-248
Chavez-Arana, C., Catroppa, C., Yanez-Tellez, G., Prieto-Corona, B., de Leon, M.A., Garcia, A., Gomez-Raygoza, R., Hearps, S.J.C., Anderson, V. (2019) Parenting and the dysregulation profile predict executive functioning in children with acquired brain injury. Child Neuropsychology, EPub
Chavez-Arana, C., Catroppa, C., Yanez-Tellez, G., Prieto-Corona, B., de Leon, M.A., Garcia, A., Gomez-Raygoza, R., Hearps, S.J.C., Anderson, V. (2019) A Parenting Program to Reduce Disruptive Behavior in Hispanic Children with Acquired Brain Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial Conducted in Mexico. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, EPub
Cooper, A.N., Anderson, V., Greenham, M., Hearps, S., Hunt, R.W., Mackay, M.T., Ditchfield, M., Coleman, L., Monagle, P., Gordon, A.L. (2019) Motor function daily living skills 5 years after paediatric arterial ischaemic stroke: a prospective longitudinal study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 61(2), 161-167
Dadds, M.R., Sicouri, G., Piotrowska, P.J., Collins, D.A.J., Hawes, D.J., Moul, C., Lenroot, R.K., Frick, P.J., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E.R., Tully, L.A. (2019) Keeping Parents Involved: Predicting Attrition in a Self-Directed, Online Program for Childhood Conduct Problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(6), 881-893
Darling, S., Anderson, V., McCarthy, M., Seal, M., De Luca, C., Hearps, S. (2019). Brain morphology and information processing at the completion of chemotherapy-only treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 22(5), 293-302
Darling, S., Hearps, S., Muscara, F., McCarthy, M., Nicholson, J., Burke, K., Dimovski, A., Anderson, V. (2019) Psychological trajectories of mothers and fathers following their child's diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or injury: A longitudinal investigation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(10), 1930-1942
Efron, D., Gulenc, A., Sciberras, E., Ukoumunne, O.C., Hazell, P., Anderson, V., Silk, T.J., Nicholson, J.M. (2019) Prevalence and Predictors of Medication Use in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Evidence from a Community-Based Longitudinal Study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 29(1), 50-57
Gornall, A., Takagi, M., Clarke, C., Babl, F.E., Davis, G.A., Dunne, K., Anderson, N., Hearps, S., Demaneuf, T., Rausa, V., Anderson, V. (2019) Behavioral and emotional functioning following pediatric concussion. Journal of Neurotrauma, EPub
Haebich, K.M., Pride, N.A., Walsh, K.S., Chisholm, A., Rouel, M., Maier, A., Anderson, V., Barton, B., Silk, T., Korgaonkar, M.S., Seal, M.L., Lami, F., Lorenzo, J., Williams, K., Dabscheck, G., Rae, C.D., Kean, M., North, K.N., Payne, J.M. (2019) Understanding autism spectrum disorder and social functioning in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: protocol for a cross-sectional multimodal study. BMJ Open, 9, e030601
Honan, C.A., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Ownsworth, T., Togher, L., Fleming, J., Anderson, V., Morgan, A., Catroppa, C., Douglas, J., Francis, H., Wearne, T., Sigmundsdottir, L., Ponsford, J. (2019). Outcome instruments in moderate-to-severe adult traumatic brain injury: recommendations for use in psychosocial research. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 29(6), 896-916
- National Stroke Fundation
- Victorian Stroke Clinical Network
- Medical Research Future Fund
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative
- Foundation for Children
- The Pratt Foundation
- Royal Children's Hospital Foundation