Researcher

Professor Skye McDonald

My Expertise

Acquired brain damage in adults (eg stroke, dementia); neuropsychology (ie psychology of brain damage); disorders of language, memory, perception; traumatic brain injury

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Biography

I am a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at UNSW Australia.  I have a BSc (Hons) from Monash University, a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Macquarie University. I worked as a clinician with people with acquired brain disorders for 10 years before taking up my current academic post at UNSW. 

 

I lead a national Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery “Moving Ahead” to...view more

I am a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at UNSW Australia.  I have a BSc (Hons) from Monash University, a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Macquarie University. I worked as a clinician with people with acquired brain disorders for 10 years before taking up my current academic post at UNSW. 

 

I lead a national Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery “Moving Ahead” to address psychosocial rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. I have published over 170 peer reviewed publications on brain injury as well as a number of remediation programs addressing impairment in social cognition. My research interests are about understanding how the brain processes emotions and social cognition (social cognition refers to the ability to read social signals in order to understand the meaning behind other people’s behaviour). I am particularly interested in understanding how this can break down following brain injury. My research aims to find new ways to assess and treat such disorders. More details about my research can be seen by visiting my home page.  I am an active member of the Australasian Society of the Study of Brain Impairment which promotes education and research into brain damage.  I am  also a core member of PsycBITE, a database that provides instant access to titles and abstracts of all studies ever published in English that attest to the efficacy of treatments for disorders arising from brain damage.


My Grants

            

Establishing the most effective parameters for delivering The Carers Way Ahead as a service for families and carers of adults with TBI (McDonald, Newby & Simpson, in partnership with icare)

NHMRC Partnership Grant 1169938

2019-2021

The-Way-Ahead: On-line support for families managing challenging behaviours after TBI (McDonald, Newby, Grant, Gertler, Simpson)

icare grant

2017-2018

PEERS: Developing an Ipad delivered social assessment for children and adolescents. (Anderson, Beauchamp, Darby, McDonald)

NHMRC Development Grant 1093528

2015-2018

The sociopath amongst us: the neural basis of empathy disorders (McDonald & Rushby)

ARC Discovery Project 150100226

2015-2018

Emotion regulation after brain injury: New approaches to remediation (McDonald, Tate, Rushby, Loo & Francis)

NHMRC Project Grant 1081923

2015-2018


My Qualifications

1992                PhD, Macquarie University

1982                MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology) (all courses: Honours, 1st Class), U of Melbourne

1979                BSc (Honours, 1st Class), Monash University


My Awards

  • President-Elect of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS: 2019- 2021).
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (ASSA).
  • Board of Governors of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS: 2010-2012).
  • Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)

My Research Activities

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