Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit

Head of Laboratory

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Overview

The Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology (DeCog) Research Unit is an internationally recognised developmental neuropsychology research facility.

Its research activity focuses on investigating neuropsychological outcomes and monitoring neuropsychological status in children with developmental or acquired disorders. Knowledge gained from these studies is likely to have a significant impact on medical and cognitive outcome in children with quite varying conditions, for example children with acquired cerebellar disease, brain tumour, diabetes and sleep disorders.

DeCog is the only developmental cognitive neuropsychological research unit in Australia. It conducts cognitive neuropsychological studies in children with disorders such as dyslexia or face processing deficits, using theoretical models to explain cognitive processes and to aid in our understanding of developmental disorders. These studies focus particularly on the development of treatment and intervention programs to improve outcomes in children with a range of medical and developmental conditions.

Research achievements

In collaboration with a number of specialist departments at the Hospital, we are conducting a series of Neuropsychological Outcome Studies, which investigate neuropsychological outcomes and monitor neuropsychological status in children with developmental or acquired disorders. The information gleaned from these studies is likely to have a significant impact on medical and cognitive outcome in children with quite varying conditions. The clinical populations currently under investigation include children with acquired cerebellar disease, brain tumour, brain injuries, diabetes and sleep disorders.

Our Cognitive Neuropsychological Studies typically include case studies of children with disorders such as dyslexia, amnesia or face processing deficits. We use theoretical models to explain cognitive processes and to aid in our understanding of developmental disorders.

Our studies have a direct clinical application, and have resulted in new empirically validated methods for the assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders in children with developmental disorders as well as brain tumours and traumatic brain injuries.