Professor Skye McDonald

Professor Skye McDonald

Professor Skye McDonald

Professor

BSc (Hons), 1979, Monash University
MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), 1982, University of Melbourne
PhD, 1992, Macquarie University

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3029
Email: Professor Skye McDonald
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1309

Research Summary

Research Areas: The nature of neuropsychological disorders following adult brain injury including acquired impairments of emotion, behaviour, language, memory and learning and executive functions. Issues related to clinical assessment and rehabilitation. Evidence based practice. Theoretical accounts of social cognition, emotion and communication processes in normal and brain-injured adults.

Research Lab: Clinical Neuropsychology Lab

Teaching

Courses:

PSYC7210: Human Neuropsychology
PSYC7001: Psychological Assessment

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

2014

  • McDonald, S., Rushby, J., Kelly, M. & De Sousa, A. (2014) Disorders of emotion and social cognition in TBI. In Levin, H., Shum, D. & Chan, R. (Eds.) Traumatic Brain Injury: A review of the research and future directions, pp133-160, New York, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-973752-9.

Publications in Refereed National and International journals

In Press

  • McDonald, S.,  Fisher, A., Flanagan, S. (In press)When diplomacy fails: Difficulty understanding hints following severe traumatic brain injury.  Aphasiology (Accepted 25/6/15)
  • Kangas ,M., McDonald, S., Williams, R.J. and Smee, R.I. (In press) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Program for Distressed Adults with a Primary Brain Tumor: A Case-Series Study. Supportive Care in Cancer (Accepted 10/6/15)
  • Tate, R.L., Perdices, M., Rosenkoetter, U., McDonald, S., Togher, L., Shadish, W., Horner, R., Kratochwill, T., Barlow, D.H., Kazdin, A., Sampson, M., Shamseer, L., Vohra, S., for the SCRIBE Group: The Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural Interventions (SCRIBE 2015): Explanation and Elaboration. Archives of Scientific Psychology (Accepted 12 May 2015)
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Togher, L., Tate, R., Rushby, J., English, T., Kelly, M., Mathersul, D., Froreich, F. & Francis, H. Adolescent performance on The Awareness of Social Inference Test: TASIT. Brain Impairment (Accepted 6 February 2015)
  • Honan, C. A., McDonald, S., & Fisher, A. (2015). Visuospatial learning in traumatic brain injury: An examination of impairments using the computerised Austin Maze task. Brain Impairment, available online ahead of print.

2015

  • Rosenberg, H., Dethier, M., Kessels, R.P.C., Westbrook, R.F. & McDonald, S. (2015) Emotion Perception After Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: The Valence Effect and the Role of Working Memory, Processing Speed, and Nonverbal Reasoning, Neuropsychology , 29 (4), 509-521
  • Honan, C.A., McDonald, S., Gowland, A, Fisher, A, and Randall, R. (In press) Deficits in comprehension of speech acts after TBI: The role of Theory of Mind and Executive Function Brain and Language, 150, 69-79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2015.08.007
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Togher, L., Tate, R., Rushby, J., English, T., Kelly, M., Mathersul, D., Foriech, F. & Francis, H.(2015) Adolescent performance on The Awareness of Social Inference Test: TASIT. Brain Impairment 16 (1) 3-18 doi:10.1017/BrImp.2015.7
  • McDonald, S. (2015). Facing the challenges of single-case experimental methodology. Aphasiology, 29(5), 575-580. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.987051
  • Honan, C. A., McDonald, S., & Fisher, A. (2015). Visuospatial Learning in Traumatic Brain Injury: An Examination of Impairments using the Computerised Austin Maze Task. Brain Impairment, 1-9. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2015.3
  • Francis, H. M., Fisher, A., Rushby, J. A., & McDonald, S. (2015). Reduced heart rate variability in chronic severe traumatic brain injury: Association with impaired emotional and social functioning, and potential for treatment using biofeedback. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-23. doi:10.1080/09602011.2014.1003246
  • Fisher, A. C., Rushby, J. A., McDonald, S., Parks, N., & Piguet, O. (2015). Neurophysiological correlates of dysregulated emotional arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126(2), 314-324. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2014.05.033
  • Finn, M., & McDonald, S. (2015). Repetition-lag training to improve recollection memory in older people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. A randomized controlled trial. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 22(2), 244-258. doi:10.1080/13825585.2014.915918

2014

  • Francis, H. M., Fisher, A., Rushby, J. A., & McDonald, S. (2015). Reduced heart rate variability in chronic severe traumatic brain injury: Association with impaired emotional and social functioning, and potential for treatment using biofeedback. Neuropsychological rehabilitation, 1-23. DOI:10.1080/09602011.2014.1003246
  • Rosenberg, H., Dethier, M., Kessels, R. P., Westbrook, R. F., & McDonald, S. (2015). Emotion Perception After Moderate–Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: The Valence Effect and the Role of Working Memory, Processing Speed, and Nonverbal Reasoning. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000171
  • Rosenberg, H., McDonald, S., Dethier, M., Kessels, R.P.C. & Westbrook, R.F. (2014) Facial emotion recognition deficits following a Traumatic Brain Injury: Re-examining the valence effect and the role of intensity. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20 (10) 994-1003.
  • McDonald, S. (2014) Facing the challenge of single case research. Aphasiology, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.987051
  • Pell, M. D., Monetta, L., Rothermich, K., Kotz, S. A., Cheang, H. S., & McDonald, S. (2014). Social perception in adults with Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychology, 28(6), 905.
  • Westerhof-Evers, H. J., Visser-Keizer, A. C., McDonald, S., & Spikman, J. M. (2014). Performance of healthy subjects on an ecologically valid test for social cognition: The short, Dutch Version of The Awareness of Social Inference Test (TASIT). Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 36(10), 1031-1041.
  • McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Randall, R.K., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K. & Honan, C. (2014) Cognitive factors underpinning poor expressive communication skills after traumatic brain injury: Theory of Mind or poor executive function? Neuropsychology, 28, 801-811
  • Finn, M. & McDonald, S. (2014) A single case study of Computerised Cognitive Training for Older persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neurorehabilitation 35, 261-270.
  • Kelly, M., McDonald, S., Kellet, D. (2014) Development of a Novel Task for Investigating Decision Making in a Social Context Following Traumatic Brain Injury Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2014.955784. 
  • Fisher, A. C., Rushby, J. A., McDonald, S., Parks, N., & Piguet, O. (2015). Neurophysiological correlates of dysregulated emotional arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126(2), 314-324.
  • Tate,R.L., Perdices, M., McDonald, S., Togher, L. & Rosenkoetter, U. (2014) The conduct and report of single-case research: strategies to improve the quality of the neurorehabilitation literature Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 24. DOI:10.1080/09602011.2013.875043
  • Finn, M., & McDonald, S. (2015). Repetition-lag training to improve recollection memory in older people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. A randomized controlled trial. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 22(2), 244-258.

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