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Biography

Dr. Willmott is the Co-Director of the Monash Psychology Centre, Coordinator of the Neuropsychology Clinic and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre (MERRC) and the National Trauma Research Institute at The Alfred. 

TBI is one of the largest causes of disability in young people and results in significant lifetime care burden. Resultant attentional deficits prohibit patients from returning to previous life roles. Dr. Willmott's aim has been to develop and conduct cutting edge translational research that will improve scientific understanding of impaired cognition in these patients and rehabilitation treatments that facilitate their return to work, study, driving, sport or other activities. She has established an international and interdisciplinary network of collaborations



Over the past 18 years, Dr. Willmott has conducted research into the rehabilitation of adult and paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) populations. In the 1990s she was involved, along with Professor Jennie Ponsford, in studies identifying the contribution of factors to ongoing symptoms following mild TBI in adults and children. This involved developing and evaluating information booklets for mild TBI patients, subsequently requested by over 100 different clinical and research bodies worldwide, and translated into 5 languages, and validating a revised version of the Westmead PTA Scale for screening mild TBI patients in the Emergency Department. She is currently investigating the use of accelerometers in measuring head impacts and sports concussion in collaboration with the National Trauma Research Institute at The Alfred with funding from a National Health & Medical Research Council Partnership Grant, partnering  with the Australian Football League.

Dr. Willmott has also conducted research into cognitive problems associated with moderate-severe TBI in adult and paediatric populations. Findings from the largest ever successful trial of drug therapy to reduce attentional problems, conducted in collaboration with Professor Jennie Ponsford, are underpinning ground-breaking imaging studies to examine the brain pathways that mediate effective treatments, in collaboration with the Monash Biomedical Imaging platform. She is also investigating genetic biomarkers for recovery and response to pharmacological treatments. This research has been funded by Monash University, the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative and the Epworth Research Institute. Dr. Willmott has also recently commenced collaborations with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, investigating specific language impairment in children and the developmental trajectory of cognitive sequelae associated with pre-term births.

Dr. Willmott is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and an active member of the following: Australian Psychological Society - College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (APS-CCN); The International Neuropsychological Society (INS); and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI). She serves an external reviewer for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Neuropsychology, Brain Injury and has been on the Editorial Board for the journal ISRN Rehabilitation. She has served an external reviewer for NHMRC.

Keywords

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Output 1994 2019

An assessment of the utility and functionality of wearable head impact sensors in Australian Football

McIntosh, A. S., Willmott, C., Patton, D. A., Mitra, B., Brennan, J. H., Dimech-Betancourt, B., Howard, T. S. & Rosenfeld, J. V., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 22, 7, p. 784-789 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Neonatal brain abnormalities and brain volumes associated with goal setting outcomes in very preterm 13-year-olds

Haebich, K. M., Willmott, C., Scratch, S. E., Pascoe, L., Lee, K. J., Spencer-Smith, M. M., Cheong, J. L. Y., Inder, T. E., Doyle, L. W., Thompson, D. K. & Anderson, P. J., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Brain Imaging and Behavior. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An investigation of white matter integrity and attention deficits following traumatic brain injury

Owens, J. A., Spitz, G., Ponsford, J. L., Dymowski, A. R. & Willmott, C., 22 Mar 2018, In : Brain Injury. 32, 6, p. 776-783 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Goal Setting Deficits at 13 Years in Very Preterm Born Children

Haebich, K. M., Willmott, C., Ellis, R., Burnett, A. C., Scratch, S. E., Pascoe, L., Spencer-Smith, M. M., Cheong, J. L. Y., Inder, T. E., Doyle, L. W., Thompson, D. K. & Anderson, P. J., Apr 2018, In : Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 24, 4, p. 372-381 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

SCAT3 changes from baseline and associations with X2 Patch measured head acceleration in amateur Australian football players

Willmott, C., McIntosh, A. S., Howard, T., Mitra, B., Dimech-Betancourt, B., Donovan, J. & Rosenfeld, J. V., May 2018, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 5, p. 442-446 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review