Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery

Centre Director: Professor Skye McDonald

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will surpass many diseases as the major cause of death and disability in the Western world by 2020.The Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Brain Recovery is the first centre worldwide to take a multidisciplinary, multisite approach to addressing the psychosocial rehabilitation of individuals following TBI.

Moving Ahead brings together key experts from a range of partner universities, hospitals and research institutes in Australia and overseas to address what is a growing problem. The physical, cognitive and emotional impairments that result from TBI can have a profound effect on an individual's quality of life. Severe TBI is associated with fewer employment opportunities, greater risk of depression, family stress, deteriorating relationships, and social isolation. While psychosocial remediation is essential, evidence for existing remediation techniques is limited. Moving Ahead aims to improve outcomes for those with a traumatic brain injury by developing empirically-supported treatments, addressing deficits in social skills, communication, mood, fatigue, self-awareness and self-regulation.


Watch this video to find out more about the Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery and our team.

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Research areas: developmental psychopathology; child clinical psychology; externalising and conduct problems; aggression and antisocial behaviour; violent offending; development, assessment and treatment of callous-unemotional traits and psychopathy.

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Research areas: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; schizotypy; understanding the psychological and neurophysiological basis of delusions and hallucinations; understanding the basis of sensory suppression to self-generated actions; Event-Related Potentials (ERPs); Diffusion-Tensor Imaging (DTI).

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Research areas: obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, and related disorders. Comorbidity and classification of anxiety disorders. Investigations into processes that are associated with various types of psychopathology, including emotion regulation and thought suppression.

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My research program addresses the development of memory and emotion during infancy and early childhood and takes a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach. I'm particularly interested in the development of relational memory and the role it might play in representational flexibility. My recent work has looked at age-related changes in episodic memory and future thinking during early childhood and the development of rapid facial mimicry in infancy.

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