Associate Investigators


Associate Professor Ian Baguley, OAM; MBBS; and FAFRM (RACP)

Ian Baguley is a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician subspecialising in traumatic brain injury research. Dr Baguley is a Senior Staff Specialist and the Research Team Leader of Westmead Hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service; and in 2000, he established the Spasticity Management Service of St Joseph’s Hospital. He was a founding member of the Spasticity Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2007, and awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2014 for service to medicine, particularly brain injury rehabilitation. Dr Baguley is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. He is currently chair of the international consensus steering committee for Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity involving 30 clinicians from centres across Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. He is on the Editorial Board of two journals and serves on the Board of the Brain injury Association of New South Wales. Dr Baguley regularly reviews articles for a number of professional journals and research funding bodies, has published over 70 refereed journal articles with a focus on neurological rehabilitation, particularly traumatic brain injury and spasticity management, and presented over 100 conference abstracts in various fields of Rehabilitation Medicine.

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Associate Professor Cathy Catroppa

Cathy Catroppa is a research fellow of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). For the last 15 years she has been coordinating a large scale research program examining long-term term outcomes and predictors following traumatic brain injury (TBI), and given the research findings has placed an emphasis on developing and piloting intervention programs in this domain. She is on the Editorial Board of Brain Injury, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and Neuropsychology.


Dr Ron Hazelton, MBBS (Hons); FRACP; FRCP (Glasgow); FAFRM; and CIME (ABIME)

Dr Hazelton is a graduate of the University of NSW in 1974. After graduation, Dr Hazelton worked in Sydney and Newcastle in NSW, before working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for three years. Dr Hazelton was a Senior Lecturer in the University of Queensland’s Department of Medicine, based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, between 1982 and 1989. In 1998, he was appointed as Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Current research interests include those of: management of Hypertonicity; and with Professor Paul Thompson at LONI, Los Angeles, investigating the utility of diffusion tractography in recovery following traumatic brain injury.


Dr Rob Heard

Rob Heard's primary role at the University of Sydney is to assist academic staff and research students with the design and analysis of health science research projects in the areas of psychology, speech science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, orthoptics, radiography, and exercise and sports science.


Dr Cynthia Honan

Cynthia Honan is Lecturer and Clinical Neuropsychologist based at the University of Tasmania, Launceston. Cynthia has played a key role in the coordination of CRE-related activities and projects including the development of common outcome measures and protocols for use across a variety of rehabilitation research projects within the CRE. Cynthia also has a specific interest in the development of valid and reliable measures to assess social cognition in clinical practice. Recently developed measures include the Social Disinhibition task, and a shortened version of the TASIT. Other interests include meta-social cognition, the effect of trauma on social cognition ability, and cognitive fatigue.
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Associate Professor Stuart Johnstone

Stuart Johnstone is psychophysiologist in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. His research interests include the processes of inhibition and attention, their development, and electrophysiological presentations. He was President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology from 2007 to 2010, and is the current Vice-President. He has published over 70 research papers, co-authored two highly-cited review articles on the electrophysiology of AD/HD, and is lead author on an invited follow-up review article. He is also interested in the potential for cognitive and neurocognitive training to assist in children with AD/HD, and other areas such as TBI.


Dr Michelle Kelly

Michelle Kelly completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at the University of Newcastle before completing her PhD/MPsychol in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. Her honours research focused on cognitive functioning in healthy ageing, while her PhD research investigated impairments in social behaviour in adults who have sustained a neurological injury. Michelle completed her PhD research at the end of 2011. Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. She is also working on a research project funded by Lifetime Care and Support looking at the assessment practices of clinicians working in brain injury teams.


Professor Glynda Kinsella

Glynda Kinsella coordinates the Postgraduate programs in Clinical Neuropsychology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Glynda also leads a research team investigating memory in everyday activities, and strategies to improve performance. Projects include: working with healthy older people, through memory groups and individual cognitive intervention programs, and working with people with mild cognitive impairment as a result of traumatic brain injury or the early stages of a dementia.
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Dr Adam McKay

Adam McKay is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University and Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at Epworth Healthcare. Adam is involved with multiple research projects exploring outcomes after traumatic brain injury with a particular interest in evaluating treatments designed to improve the psychological, behavioural, cognitive and functional changes after TBI.
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Professor John Olver, MBBS; MD(Melb); and FAFRM (RACP)

John Olver is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University, and Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008, he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare, and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. Professor Olver's main research interests include outcomes following acquired brain injury through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study, now in its 23rd year. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of several international medical journals, is past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Federation for Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.


Dr Adam Scheinberg

Adam Scheinberg is Honorary Research Fellow at MCRI and adjunct Associate Professor at Monash Faculty of Medicine,
Nursing and Health Sciences. As the Statewide Medical Director for the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service,
he has a particular interest in the translation of research into practice. He is currently the President of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and member of the Paediatric Rehabilitation Training Committee of the AFRM.


Dr Grahame Simpson

Grahame Simpson is research team leader at the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Sydney. He conducts research into the psychosocial adjustment of individuals and families to traumatic brain injury in close collaboration with colleagues from the University of Sydney, University of Colorado Denver, Orebro University Sweden and Chichester University in the UK. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Australian Social Work and Brain Impairment. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work and co-convenor of the International Network of Social Workers in ABI.


Dr Dana Wong

Dana Wong is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University and a Clinical Neuropsychologist in private practice. Dana's research and clinical interests lie in the assessment and treatment of emotional and cognitive difficulties following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Current projects in which she is involved include the use of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to treat fatigue following TBI, and the use of motivational interviewing and CBT to treat anxiety and depression in people with TBI.
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