Christine Padgett

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Christine Padgett

Senior Lecturer

Room 122 , Social Sciences

6226 5718 (phone)

Christine Padgett is a senior lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences.  Her research interests broadly encompass clinical neuropsychology, behavioural genetics, and learning and teaching.  One of her main areas of interest is traumatic brain injury, and she has explored how genes and demographic factors influence recovery after traumatic brain injury. Christine is also a chief investigator in the TALK-TBI project, which is aimed at better understanding, and raising, public awareness of traumatic brain injury.  The project also explores the impact traumatic brain injury has on the person with the injury, and those close to them (e.g. carers). She is also interested in how people interpret genetic information in ‘real world’ decision making, such as in forensic and health settings.  For example, are people interested in being tested to see if they have a genetic predisposition for psychological disorder, and if they do get tested, what impact does that have on future decisions about treatment etc?  Christine also is involved in learning and teaching research, and is currently investigating how to improve student engagement in the online learning environment.

Career summary


  • Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours) - University of Tasmania
    • Thesis: Epilepsy Seizure Type and Cognitive Impairment (2007)
  • PhD  – University of Tasmania
    • Thesis: The Role of the APOE Gene in Cognitive Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury: An Exploration of Direct Effects and Interactions with Age and Sex.


Professional practice

Ad hoc Reviewer:

  • Australian Journal of Psychology
  • Genes, Brain & Behavior
  • Brain Injury
  • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
  • Journal of Neurotrauma
  • Learning and Individual Differences
  • The Internet and Higher Education


Christine has taught a large number of undergraduate and honours units in the topics of:

  • Introductory Psychology,
  • Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (intermediate and advanced undergraduate units)
  • Clinical Psychology (advanced undergraduate unit)
  • Assessment and Individual Differences (advanced undergraduate unit)
  • Complexity and Controversy in Psychology (honours unit)

Teaching expertise

Since commencing teaching, Christine has been unit co-ordinator, lecturer and tutor for a number of undergraduate units, including Behavioural Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, Assessment and Individual Differences, Clinical Psychology, Theoretical Controversies in Psychology and first year introductory units.  She also supervises honours, masters, and PhD students.

Teaching responsibility

Christine has also co-developed a free massive open online course (MOOC) called 'Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury'. She is also currently the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Psychological Science

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  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Behavioural Genetics
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive Function
  • Executive Function
  • Learning and Teaching

Research Themes

Christine’s research aligns with the University’s research theme of Better Health. She is interested in the genetic factors that may influence cognitive function following neurological insult or injury, such as traumatic brain injury.  She was also a researcher in the Tasmanian Neuro-Trauma Register, a longitudinal population study investigating general outcomes and cognitive function up to five years following traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury affects millions of people worldwide and can have serious and lifelong impacts of the individual’s quality of life, and the Tasmanian Neuro-Trauma Register sought to better understand the factors that can influence short and long-term outcomes in order to better predict who is likely to experience poorer outcomes after injury.  She has also investigated how epilepsy seizure type might influence cognitive impairment.  Christine has also published work relating to the use of cutting-edge statistical approaches in clinical research.

Christine also is involved in the investigation of learning and teaching which aligns with the University’s research theme of Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Given the increasing use of online learning-platforms in tertiary education, it is important to understand how students experience the online environment, and Christine is interested in how tertiary students experience and engage with online learning activities, and how educators can enhance student experience in the online setting.  She is also currently exploring the impact of applied training in the use of statistics influences students perceptions of their ability to conduct research.

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural neuroscience (520202)
  • Educational psychology (520102)
  • Clinical neuropsychology (520301)
  • Personality and individual differences (520503)
  • Medical genetics (excl. cancer genetics) (320213)
  • Health psychology (520304)
  • Education assessment and evaluation (390402)
  • Psychology of ageing (520106)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Biological psychology (520299)
  • Social psychology (520505)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Social and affective neuroscience (520207)
  • Rehabilitation (420109)
  • People with disability (420318)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Continuing and community education (390301)
  • Health counselling (420307)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences (280103)
  • Disability and functional capacity (200403)
  • Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) (200599)
  • Expanding knowledge in education (280109)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Treatment of human diseases and conditions (200105)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Health policy evaluation (200205)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
  • Health inequalities (200204)


Total publications


Journal Article

(15 outputs)
2022Emery H, Padgett C, Ownsworth T, Honan CA, 'A systematic review of self-concept change in multiple sclerosis', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation pp. 1-41. ISSN 0960-2011 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2022.2030367 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Emery H; Honan CA


2021Padgett C, Moffitt RL, Grieve R, 'More than words: using digital cues to enhance student perceptions of online assignment feedback', The Internet and Higher Education, 49 Article 100789. ISSN 1096-7516 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2020.100789 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Grieve R


2021Turner JA, Padgett C, McDonald S, Ahuja KDK, Francis HM, et al., 'Innate immunity impacts social-cognitive functioning in people with multiple sclerosis and healthy individuals: Implications for IL-1ra and urinary immune markers', Brain, Behavior, & Immunity - Health, 14 Article 100254. ISSN 2666-3546 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.bbih.2021.100254 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Turner JA; Ahuja KDK; Honan CA


2020Moffitt RL, Padgett C, Grieve R, 'Accessibility and emotionality of online assessment feedback: using emoticons to enhance student perceptions of marker competence and warmth', Computers and Education, 143 Article 103654. ISSN 0360-1315 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2019.103654 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Grieve R


2020Stuart KE, Padgett C, 'A systematic review of the association between psychological stress and dementia risk in humans', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 78, (1) pp. 335-352. ISSN 1387-2877 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/JAD-191096 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Stuart KE


2019Lovell ME, Akhurst J, Padgett C, Garry MI, Matthews A, 'Cognitive outcomes associated with long-term, regular, recreational cannabis use in adults: A meta-analysis', Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology pp. 1-24. ISSN 1064-1297 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/pha0000326 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 123

Co-authors: Lovell ME; Akhurst J; Garry MI; Matthews A


2019Lowe-Calverley E, Grieve R, Padgett C, 'A risky investment? Examining the outcomes of emotional investment in Instagram', Telematics and Informatics, 45 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0736-5853 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2019.101299 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Lowe-Calverley E; Grieve R


2019Merritt VC, Padgett CR, Jak AJ, 'A systematic review of sex differences in concussion outcome: what do we know?', The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 33, (6) pp. 1016-1043. ISSN 1385-4046 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1508616 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32


2018Grieve R, Moffitt RL, Padgett CR, 'Student perceptions of marker personality and intelligence: The effect of emoticons in online assignment feedback', Learning and Individual Differences pp. 1-7. ISSN 1041-6080 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2018.02.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Grieve R


2018McDonald S, Honan C, Allen SK, El-Helou R, Kelly M, et al., 'Normal adult and adolescent performance on TASIT-S, a short version of The Assessment of Social Inference Test', Neuropsychology, Development and Cognition. Section D: The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32, (4) pp. 700-719. ISSN 1385-4046 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2017.1400106 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9

Co-authors: Honan C


2017Grieve R, Kemp N, Norris K, Padgett CR, 'Push or pull? Unpacking the social compensation hypothesis of Internet use in an educational context', Computers & Education, 109 pp. 1-10. ISSN 0360-1315 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2017.02.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Grieve R; Kemp N; Norris K


2016Grieve R, Padgett CR, Moffit RL, 'Assignments 2.0: the role of social presence and computer attitudes in student preferences for online versus offline marking', Internet and Higher Education, 28 pp. 8-16. ISSN 1096-7516 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2015.08.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Grieve R


2016Padgett C, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, McCormack GH, Skilbeck CE, 'Exploring the effect of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene on executive function, working memory, and processing speed during the early recovery period following traumatic brain injury', Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 38, (5) pp. 551-560. ISSN 1380-3395 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2015.1137557 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Summers MJ; Vickers JC; McCormack GH; Skilbeck CE


2016Padgett CR, Summers MJ, Skilbeck CE, 'Is APOE ε4 associated with poorer cognitive outcome following traumatic brain injury? a meta-analysis', Neuropsychology, 30, (7) pp. 775-790. ISSN 0894-4105 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/neu0000270 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Summers MJ; Skilbeck CE


2014Padgett C, Skilbeck CE, Summers MJ, 'Missing data: the importance and impact of missing data from clinical research', Brain Impairment, 15, (1) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1839-5252 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2014.2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Skilbeck CE; Summers MJ


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2020Moffitt RL, Padgett C, Grieve R, 'Embedding media richness in online assessment feedback: effects of multimedia delivery and paralinguistic digital cues on social presence and student engagement', Tertiary Education in a Time of Change: Disruptions, Challenges and Strategies, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., A Chester, B Kennedy and S Young (ed), Singapore, pp. 5-20. ISBN 978-981-15-5882-5 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5883-2_2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Grieve R


Conference Publication

(15 outputs)
2021Padgett C, 'Social Cognition across the Lifespan', International Neuropsychological Society 2021 Annual Meeting, 2- 5 February 2021 (2021) [Conference Extract]

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2019Moffitt RL, Grieve R, Padgett C, 'Using textual paralinguistic cues and multimodal delivery in online assessment feedback: Do faces speak louder than words?', 2019 AusPLAT - Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, 13 - 15 September 2019, Melbourne, Australia (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Grieve R

2018Padgett C, Summers W, Marris R, Vickers JC, 'Physical Activity, APOEe4 Status and Cognitive Function in Later Life', International Neuropsychological Society 2018 Mid-Year Meeting, 18-20 July 2018, Prague (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Summers W; Marris R; Vickers JC

2017McDonald S, Allen S, Honan C, Padgett C, Kumfor F, et al., 'TASIT-S: an abbreviated version of The Awareness of Social Inference Test. New normative data for Australian and US speakers', 40th Annual Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Brain Impairment Conference, June 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan C

2017McDonald S, Allen SK, Honan C, Padgett C, Kumfor F, et al., 'TASIT-S: an abbreviated version of The Awareness of Social Inference Test. New normative data for Australian and US speakers', 40th ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference2017, 1-3 June 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan C

2017McDonald S, Hazelton J, Padgett C, Allen S, Honan CA, et al., 'The awareness of social inference test-S: A screening test for social cognition: Comparing Australian and US speakers', International Neuropsychological Society Mid-year Congress, July 2017, Cape Town, South Africa (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan CA

2017Padgett C, 'HEXACO/procrastination', Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, 1-2 December 2017, Sydney (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2016Grieve RM, Padgett C, Moffitt RL, 'Put on a happy face: How does emoticon use influence perceptions of an educator's personality?', 15th Annual Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, 17-18 November, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Grieve RM

2016Padgett C, Summers MJ, Honan CA, McCormack GH, Vickers JC, et al., 'Does Apolipoprotein ɛ4 interact with age or sex in cognitive function after traumatic brain injury?', 6-8 July, 2016, London (2016) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Summers MJ; Honan CA; McCormack GH; Vickers JC; Skilbeck CE

2013Padgett C, Skilbeck CE, Summers MJ, 'Missing data - to ignore or impute?', 36th Annual Brain Impairment Conference, 2013, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Skilbeck CE; Summers MJ

2013Tranent PJ, Norris K, Grieve RM, Padgett C, Rooney AM, 'Student and casual marker evaluation of paper versus online submission and marking of assignments', Conference Program, 29/11/ 2013, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, pp. 3. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tranent PJ; Norris K; Grieve RM; Rooney AM

2013Tranent PJ, Padgett C, Norris K, Grieve RM, 'Student and casual marker evaluation of paper versus online submission and marking of assignments', Conference Proceedings, 28-29 Nov, 2013, University of Tasmania, pp. 26. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tranent PJ; Norris K; Grieve RM

2012Padgett C, Skilbeck CE, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, 'Role of APOE genotype in recovery following TBI', Australian Neurotrauma Symposium, 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Skilbeck CE; Summers MJ; Vickers JC

2012Padgett C, Skilbeck CE, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, 'The role of APOE genotype in recovery following TBI: Is the e4 allele associated with poorer outcome?', 2012 International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting/11th Nordic Meeting in Neuropsychology, 27-30 June, 2012, Oslo, Norway (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Skilbeck CE; Summers MJ; Vickers JC

2011Padgett C, Skilbeck CE, Summers MJ, 'Are female sex hormones protective following traumatic brain injury?', 2011 International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting/ASSBI 4th Pacific Rim Conference, 6-9 July, 2011, Auckland, New Zealand (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Skilbeck CE; Summers MJ

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Translating Awareness, Literacy, and Knowledge of Traumatic Brain Injury (TALK-TBI) (2021)$999,998
The proposal has outstanding levels of community engagement. The team has allocated time (milestone indicators) and resources (budget) for extended community engagement at all stages of the project making the proposal highly feasible. Additionally, we have already established relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and CI Schramm have assisted with the design of the project and TAC have agreed to host at least one Aboriginal health worker for the duration of this project. In addition, TAC has confirmed the transferability of the skills (e.g. communication, analysis, education design) gained from working on this project are highly desirable for future research and education programs.The incidence of TBI in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is almost twice the national average this means urgent attention is needed to increase awareness and educate. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) has indicated to the research team that brain injury awareness and education are a priority for their communities. Our research proposal aims to not only establish awareness of TBI but also the lived experience of those who have sustained a TBI. Accounts can be captured in their language making the applicability to others in the community stronger. These personal accounts may also identify areas of need for specific educational programs, which are culturally appropriate and can be developed in consultation with the local communities.
Medical Research Future Fund ($999,998)
Grant - Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ziebell JM; Cook PS; Doherty KV; Eccleston CEA; Schramm TA; Fitzgerald M; Padgett C; King AE; Vickers JC

Research Supervision






PhDBiological Markers of Social Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis2018
PhDAdjustment to Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis and Disease Progression: Investigating the role of self-concept2019
PhDSocial Cognition in Context: An examination of deficits in acquired brain injury2020
PhDMotivating Factors, Risk Comprehension, and Psychological Response Associated with Genetic Testing for Psychological Disorders2022
PhDPsychosocial and Support Needs for Those Living with Rare Disease2022


PhDCognitive Outcomes Associated with Long-Term, Recreational Cannabis Use
Candidate: Monica Mellefont
PhDPicture Perfect: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Engagement with Image-Based Social Media Content
Candidate: Emily Joy Lowe