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Jennie Ponsford, PhD

2015 NABIS Conference on Brain Injury


Session Title 1:
The nature, evolution and treatment of psychiatric disorders following traumtic brain injury
Objectives: 
1. To describe the most common psychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury and factors associated with these
2.  To identify the trajectory of psychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury
3.  To discuss the efficacy of treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury
Summary:
This paper will report findings from a five-year prospective study aiming to identify the nature and frequency of psychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury and factors associated with these. It will also illustrate the trajectory of psychiatric various psychiatric disorders over the first five years after injury.  Treatment approaches for these disorders will also be discussed.

 

Session Title 2: Case Study - Mild TBI
Objectives: 
1. To understand relevant biologic and psychological factors in the diagnosis and treatment of mild TBI.  
2. To understand the neurobiologic presently mechanisms presently known regarding mild TBI and their relevance to treatment and outcomes.  
3. To discuss different etiologies and types of complicated mild TBI and how this relates to a focused approach to neurodiagnosis and treament.  
Summary:  
A case presentation format will be utilized to discuss mild TBI related to differing etiologies and mechanisms of injury. This will include but not be limited to sports, falls, MVA, and repetitive blast exposure.  An interdisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the important issues of neurodiagnosis, treatment, and followup necessary to achieve optimal outcomes. 


Current Company Affiliation:  Monash University
Speaker Bio:  Jennie Ponsford, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS, is a Professor of Neuropsychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University and Director of the Monash-Epworth  Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She has spent the past 34 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with brain injury. Her  research has  investigated outcomes following mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), factors predicting outcome, including and the efficacy of rehabilitative interventions to improve outcome,  with current intervention studies focusing specifically on fatigue and sleep changes, and psychiatric and substance use following TBI. She has published over 180 journal articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as two books on rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. She also directs a doctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University and her students are actively engaged with her research program. Professor Ponsford is the Immediate Past-President of the International Neuropsychological Society, Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and serves on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association and ASSBI. She is a member of the Editorial Board of seven international journals. In May, 2013 she was awarded the Robert L. Moody prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation.

 

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