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I obtained my PhD with the School of Psychological Sciences at La Trobe University in 2004. My research focused on investigating the cognitive effects of adjuvant chemotherapy in women with early-stage breast cancer. I then worked in research and clinical trials as a Senior Clinical Project Manager / Scientist for many years, working on Phase I to Phase IV clinical trials across the globe. I have authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in the following areas: cognitive testing, breast cancer, growth hormone deficiency, and statistics and research methodology.

I joined the research team at the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre (MERRC) in 2012, and have worked on several exciting studies that are run by the centre. I have contributed (via data analyses, write-up and submission) towards several publications regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specifically, we have examined longitudinal outcomes following TBI, sexuality, mortality rates, and cognitive-behaviour therapy in reducing anxiety and depression following TBI.

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Research area keywords

  • Traumatic brain injury - Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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Projects 2019 2021

Early vocational intervention for people who have experienced trauma

Ross, P., Ponsford, J., Olver, J., Fossey, E., Barclay, L., Hilton, G., Downing, M., McKenzie, D., Nunn, A. & Mortimer, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of Current Practice in Australia

Downing, M., Bragge, P. & Ponsford, J., Mar 2019, In : Brain Impairment. 20, 1, p. 24-36 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Cognitive reserve and age predict cognitive recovery after mild to severe traumatic brain injury

Fraser, E. E., Downing, M. G., Biernacki, K., McKenzie, D. P. & Ponsford, J. L., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Neurotrauma. 36, 19, p. 2753-2761 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Current practice of cognitive rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury: An international survey

Nowell, C., Downing, M., Bragge, P. & Ponsford, J., 5 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Factors associated with persistent post-concussion symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury in adults

Ponsford, J., Nguyen, S., Downing, M., Bosch, M., McKenzie, J. E., Turner, S., Chau, M., Mortimer, D., Gruen, R. L., Knott, J. & Green, S., 2019, In : Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 51, 1, p. 32-39 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Factors Associated with Response to Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression following Traumatic Brain Injury

Ponsford, J., Lee, N. K., Wong, D., McKay, A., Haines, K., Downing, M., Alway, Y., Furtado, C. & O'Donnell, M. L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review