The Clinical Neuropsychology Research Laboratory examines various psychosocial and cognitive outcomes of acquired brain injury and neurological disease, and biological markers that contribute to these outcomes.
The Clinical Neuropsychology Research Laboratory group specialises in the study of clinical conditions for which neuropsychological functioning may be compromised. Clinical populations currently being examined by our group include individuals with an acquired brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke), multiple sclerosis, dementia, chronic fatigue. We are also interested in the effect of demographic and behavioural factors on psycho-social and cognitive outcome, including alcohol intoxication and age-related changes. As a new research group we are seeking additional researchers in the area of clinical neuropsychology to strengthen and diversify our research portfolio.
Specialist Fields and Areas of Investigation
- Genetic predictors and biomarkers of cognitive functioning in brain injury, neurodegenerative disease and age-related cognitive decline
- Social cognitive disorders following brain injury and neurodegenerative disease
- Meta-cognitive functioning in neurological disorders
- Functional outcomes of brain injury and neurodegenerative disease
- Caregiver burden and coping following brain injury and neurodegenerative disease
How does your group transform healthcare and ageing in tasmania and around the globe?
Neuropsychology is an important clinical component of healthcare and ageing. Gaining a greater understanding of the cognitive and social cognitive factors that are affected following brain injury or disease, and how these may impact everyday functioning, is vital for the development of targeted and effective rehabilitation programs. Tasmania has an ageing population with few neuropsychological support services available. It is therefore of much interest to this group that some of our research is focused on enhancing our understanding outcomes of neurodegenerative diseases, how it may affect both individuals and the community, how disease outcomes may be better managed, and gaining an understanding of factors related to general age-related neuropsychological changes.
Name: Behavioural and Clinical Neuropsychology Research Group
Discipline of Psychology, University of Tasmania