Course Title: Plenary A: Presidential Address- From Sidelines to Mechanism and Back: The Complex Tapestry of Recovery From Child and Adolescent Concussion (Anderson)


Credit Hours: 1


Instructor(s) Vicki Anderson


Vicki Anderson, PhD Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Head, Psychology, The RCH, Professorial Fellow, Paediatrics & Psychology, UoM and a NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellow.
Plenary A -Presidential Address: From Sidelines to Mechanism and Back: The Complex Tapestry of Recovery From Child and Adolescent Concussion
Abstract & Learning Objectives: In the context of wide media focus, the field of concussion has become highly controversial, resulting in public concern for the safety of those participating in contact sports, despite limited community knowledge and empirical evidence. A growing body of research highlights the complexity of recovery from concussive injuries and the variations in clinical management.Employing findings from work with children and youth, this address will explore the course of concussion, from sidelines to recovery: i) the risk of persisting post-concussion symptoms and innovative, community-based approaches for their minimization; ii) the when, how and who of assessing recovery; iii) the mechanisms (biological and psychological) underpinning recovery; and iv) evidence-informed approaches to intervention.Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Describe multiple mechanisms underpinning delayed recovery from concussion
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based interventions for child concussion
Speaker Biography: Dr. Vicki Anderson is Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Head, Psychology, The RCH, Professorial Fellow, Paediatrics & Psychology, UoM and a NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellow.Dr Anderson is a clinician researcher working in the field of child health. She has 500+ peer reviewed publications and $40M in competitive grant funding. She is an Associate Editor for Neuropsychology (APA) and the J Neuropsychology (BPS, UK). Over the last 30+ years she has led the establishment of a strong and growing pediatric neuropsychology discipline within Australia.Her research and clinical interests are in disorders of childhood that impact on the brain, including both developmental and acquired disorders. Her recent work has focused on translating her early career findings into clinical practice to optimize child outcomes from brain injury. She is an author of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children and is currently working on low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximizing child outcomes and improving family function.