TBI Consortium

Mission Statement

The Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium New Zealand (PTBIC) aims to expand understanding of traumatic brain injury during childhood and adolescence, and improve outcomes of affected children and their families by promoting a collaborative approach to research.


Members:

Researchers

Dr Kelly Jones, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN), AUT University9797
Dr Kelly Jones is a registered psychologist who has extensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment of children, spanning infancy to adolescence.

Kelly's research interests surround the emotional, behavioural and social development of children during early childhood, with particular interests in emotion regulation and peer relations.

Following the completion of a PhD in developmental psychology undertaken at the University of Canterbury, Kelly relocated to the Waikato to join the BIONIC team and she now manages the day-to -day operations of the study.


Associate Professor Nicola Starkey, School of Psychology, University of Waikato9798
At the School of Psychology, University of Waikato, current research projects span a variety of areas including traumatic brain injury (supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Lottery Grants Board), stroke and driver behaviour and education.  Nicola has a keen interest in neuropsychology and psychological assessment more generally, and is involved in a small amount of animal behaviour research.


Professor Valery Feigin, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN), AUT University9801
Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology, Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN), School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.


Dr Alice Theadom, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN), AUT university 9796
Alice is a NZ Registered Psychologist. She undertook her training in the UK, completing her undergraduate honours degree in Psychology at the University of Essex and MSc in Health Psychology at Surrey University. Since joining AUT, Alice completed her PhD which explored sleep difficulties in Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Alice leads the traumatic brain and spinal cord injury programme at NISAN and is also involved in developing research into neuromuscular conditions and fibromyalgia syndrome.


Associate Professor Suzanne Barker-Collo, School of Psychology, University of Auckland9799
A registered neuropsychologist and senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Auckland, Suzanne's research interests lie in the areas of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. She has a track record of research in the area with over $10 million of funding.  She has published extensively in the area of neuropsychological assessment, and already developed some normative data sets for New Zealand.

Dr Margaret Jones, Dept. of Occupational Science & Therapy, AUT University Margaret Jones
Margaret is currently completing her PhD studies into Participation for Aotearoa New Zealand Children after Traumatic Brain Injury. Her Masters research used a grounded theory methodology, and focused on caregiving for children after traumatic brain injury. It generated a theory explaining the processes involved for parents called Structuring for Security. Margaret's current research interests include Children's participation, Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Paediatric rehabilitation, and Children’s occupations and health.

Clinicians

Dr Rosalind Case

Dr Rosalind Case is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. At Monash, Rosalind's research is focused around the the chain of survival and outcomes related to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, as part of the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC), a Centre for Research Excellence.
Prior to moving to Melbourne, Rosalind was awarded a Health Research Council Clinical Research Fellowship to conduct PhD research investigating the developmental outcomes of children following mild TBI, in association with the Brain Injury Outcomes New Zealand in the Community (BIONIC) and Consequences of Brain Injury in Childhood (COBIC) projects, and maintains a special interest in pediatric neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Postgraduate Students

  • Kathryn Giles, University of Waikato
  • Dawn Willix-Payne, University of Waikato
  • Karen Murphy, University of Waikato
  • Samantha Williams, University of Waikato

Supporting Organizations

The Head Injury Network for Kiwis - THINK! empowers people affected by brain injury through the provision of information, education and advocacy support and raise awareness and prevention in the community.

We assist children with TBI by educating teacher’s aides and teachers about the effects TBI have on the child, strategies to maximise learning and how to manage the student’s fatigue.  We provide information to families including siblings on dealing with the child with TBI, and how to avoid further injury.

We assist and work with families and services, including ACC, to meet a broad range of needs.

Ella Scheepers – ManagerElla Scheepers
For the past 9 years, Ella has worked with clients and families who experience a brain injury.  Ella places a strong emphasis on a family centred service, whilst steering the daily workings of the organisation. She has completed the Community Based Rehabilitation for Acquired Brain Injury course by Dr Barry Willer and Duncan Babbage through Massey University.

Marion Baird – Field Officer
Marion has 20 years experience in the Health and Disability sector, with 10 years working alongside clients with neurological conditions, providing support, information and advocacy, within a community social service.  Marion has completed the Community Based Rehabilitation for Acquired Brain Injury courses by Dr Barry Willer and Duncan Babbage through AUT.  Marion attends regular training / professional development courses relevant to her role.

Marion has 20 years experience in the Health and Disability sector, with 10 years working alongside clients with neurological conditions, providing support, information and advocacy, within a