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Episode 94 | Neuropsychological Rehabilitation After Acquired Brain Injury – With Dr. Dana Wong


This episode is a conversation about neuropsychological interventions for adult patients with acquired brain injuries such as TBI, stroke, or hypoxia. We define and differentiate different terms for neuropsychological interventions, we list and describe specific cognitive interventions, we discuss the importance of emotional symptoms following brain injuries, and we explain characteristics of intervention effectiveness.

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Dana Wong
Instructor Credentials

Dana is an Associate Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and School Director of Graduate Research in the School of Psychology and Public Health, with active roles in research, teaching and clinical practice. She leads the eNACT (Neurorehabilitation And Clinical Translation) Research Group (, which focuses on innovative neuropsychological rehabilitation techniques to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, and enhancing clinical implementation of and clinician competence in these evidence-based interventions. She was awarded La Trobe's Research Engagement and Impact Award in 2020. Dana's focus on training top scientist-practitioners as a key element to clinical translation has been recognised with the 2021 AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2018 Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award, the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education (Innovation in Teaching), and the 2016 Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Clinical Innovation Award. Dana is currently President-Elect of ASSBI. She is an Editorial Board member for the journal Brain Impairment. She is co-Chair of the Neuropsychological Intervention Special Interest Group of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Educational Objectives
  • List advantages and disadvantages of individual versus group-based cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Explain the importance of the interconnections between cognition and emotion for patients with acquired brain injuries.
  • Apply knowledge from this podcast episode in neuropsychological interventions with patients who have acquired brain injuries.
Target Audience
  • Introductory
  • Date Available: 2022-05-01
  • You may obtain CE for this podcast at any time.
Offered for CE
  • Yes
  • Members $20
  • Non-Members $25
Refund Policy
  • This podcast is not eligible for refunds
CE Credits
  • 1.0 Credit(s)
  • The author has nothing to disclose
  • N/A
  • Evans, F. A., Wong, D., & Stolwyk, R. J. (2020). Retrieval practice enhances memory for names in survivors of stroke. Neuropsychology34(8), 874-880.
  • Lawson, D. W., Stolwyk, R. J., Ponsford, J. L., McKenzie, D. P., Downing, M. G., & Wong, D. (2020). Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 26(1), 58-71.
  • Loetscher, T., Potter, K. J., Wong, D., & das Nair, R. (2019). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (11).
  • Ponsford, J., Lee, N. K., Wong, D., McKay, A., Haines, K., Alway, Y., ... & O'Donnell, M. L. (2016). Efficacy of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression symptoms following traumatic brain injury. Psychological Medicine46(5), 1079-1090.
  • Rogers, J. M., Foord, R., Stolwyk, R. J., Wong, D., & Wilson, P. H. (2018). General and domain-specific effectiveness of cognitive remediation after stroke: systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review28(3), 285-309.
  • Sathananthan, N., Dimech-Betancourt, B., Morris, E., Vicendese, D., Knox, L., Gillanders, D., ... & Wong, D. (2021). A single-case experimental evaluation of a new group-based intervention to enhance adjustment to life with acquired brain injury: VaLiANT (valued living after neurological trauma). Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-33.
  • Withiel, T. D., Wong, D., Ponsford, J. L., Cadilhac, D. A., New, P., Mihaljcic, T., & Stolwyk, R. J. (2019). Comparing memory group training and computerized cognitive training for improving memory function following stroke: A phase II randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine51(5), 343-351.
  • Wong, D., Grace, N., Baker, K., & McMahon, G. (2019). Measuring clinical competencies in facilitating group-based rehabilitation interventions: Development of a new competency checklist. Clinical Rehabilitation33(6), 1079-1087.
  • Wong, D., Kempnich, C., Bradshaw, J., Grayson, S., Lillywhite, L., O’Shea, M., ... & Cadilhac, D. A. (2021). Real world implementation of a group-based memory rehabilitation program into stroke services: A knowledge translation evaluation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation28(6), 410-421.
  • Wong, D., McKay, A., Kazantzis, N., & Ponsford, J. (2020). Clinical Translation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression: Adapted for Brain Injury (CBT-ABI): How Do We Train Competent Clinicians?. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy13(4), 379-395.
  • Wong, D., McKay, A., & Stolwyk, R. (2014). Delivery of psychological interventions by clinical neuropsychologists: Current practice in Australia and implications for training. Australian Psychologist49(4), 209-222.
  • Ymer, L., McKay, A., Wong, D., Frencham, K., Grima, N., Tran, J., ... & Ponsford, J. (2021). Cognitive behavioural therapy versus health education for sleep disturbance and fatigue after acquired brain injury: A pilot randomised trial. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine64(5), 101560.
  • Zelencich, L. M., Wong, D., Kazantzis, N., McKenzie, D. P., Downing, M., & Ponsford, J. L. (2020). Predictors of anxiety and depression symptom improvement in CBT adapted for traumatic brain injury: Pre/post-Injury and therapy process factors. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society26(1), 97-107.