Investigating links between mind-body functions

The collective goal of our group—including senior, mid and early-career researchers, and HDR candidates—is to improve understanding and management of conditions that affect brain functioning and behaviour such as normal development and ageing, dementia, delirium, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism and schizophrenia.

Key focus areas

The social brain

Changes in brain functioning across the lifespan

Living well with a neurological disorder

Clinical practice and health care

Our group aims to

  • Advance understanding of normal changes in brain functioning across the lifespan.
  • Understand and address the neural, cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes associated with neurodevelopmental, acquired and progressive disorders.
  • Lead the development of innovative assessments and interventions that improve the wellbeing and participation of older adults and people with neurological disorders.
  • Evaluate the socio-economic burden of neurological disorders and the benefits of innovative approaches to care and service delivery for the health care system.
  • Facilitate translation of evidence into practice to improve the quality, accessibility and sustainability of health care in Australia and globally.

Lead

Professor Tamara Ownsworth

Tamara is a clinical neuropsychologist with research expertise in the assessment and management of neurological disorders across the lifespan. She is a Chief Investigator in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery.

Co-lead

Dr Petrea Cornwell

Petrea is a speech pathologist with research expertise in the assessment and management of acquired communication and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury. Her research also explores patient-centred models of care and rehabilitation across the health-care continuum.

Members

Associate Professor Glenda Andrews

Associate Professor Glenda Andrews conducts research in cognitive psychology and cognitive development focusing on functions of the pre-frontal brain regions. She examines executive functions, working memory and reasoning and how these processes change with age and after brain injury.

Dr Nicola Burton

Nicola is a clinical health psychologist. Her research focus is adult physical activity including studies of participation, influences, preferences, links with wellbeing, and change. Other research includes lifestyle and wellbeing surveys, interventions and program evaluations; health coaching and sleep.

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish leads the subacute and aged nursing research program at Gold Coast Health. She researches in the areas of the care of older people in the health system, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is a past NHMRC TRIP Fellow.

Dr Heather Green

Dr Green is a clinical health psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding and managing cognitive impairments associated with cancer and cancer treatments; optimising self-management of chronic health conditions; and facilitating skill development through evidence-based teaching, training, and supervision.

Dr Lisa Jefferies

Dr Jefferies is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses on the areas of attention, distraction, and perception. She uses behavioural, psychophysical, and physiological techniques to examine how these processes function in typical individuals and how they change with healthy ageing.

Dr Chi Kin Law

Dr Law is a senior research fellow at Centre for Applied Health Economics of Griffith University and Centre for Health Innovation of Gold Coast Health for Gold Coast Integrated Care (GCIC) Evaluation. He has extensive experience on cost-of-illness, economic evaluation and epidemiology of chronic disease and mental disorder.

Professor Wendy Moyle

Professor Moyle's expertise is in the areas of dementia, depression and delirium. She evaluates complementary therapies as well as new and existing technologies and their impact on reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, or improving quality of life.

Dr Katrina Radford

Katrina's research program is a lecturer in the Griffith Business School. Her research expertise relates to ageing, aged care workforce, strategic human resource management, and creating sustainable intergenerational care programs.

Associate Professor Andrew Teodorczuk

Associate Professor Andrew Teodorczuk is an Old Age Psychiatrist based at the School of Medicine, Gold Coast Campus. He has an active research interest in models of delirium education and is a board member of the Australasian Delirium Society.

Dr Michael Todorovic

Dr Mike Todorovic is a Senior Lecturer with a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience. His research focuses on Spinal Cord Injury and Neurodegenerative diseases. Mike has multiple awards for excellence in teaching and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Winnie Wu

Dr Wu is a lecturer in School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research focuses on the areas of promoting healthy ageing, chronic disease management, and health care service in preventing hospital readmission in older adults.

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