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Dr Nicholas Ryan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

Dr Nicholas Ryan, PhD, is a practicing Clinical Neuropsychologist and holds a continuing academic position as Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Dr Ryan also holds a honorary appointment as Senior Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital. 

As a clinician-scientist, Dr Ryan balances his clinical and academic work with his program of research in neurodevelopmental and acquired brain disorders. Broadly defined, his research aims to explore the various developmental, neuropathological, environmental, and genetic factors that interact to produce neurobehavioral phenotypes.

To date, Dr Ryan’s research has primarily focused on delineating the neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings of cognitive disorders and social dysfunction after paediatric acquired brain insults (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy). This program of research employs a range of neuroimaging and behavioural methodologies to identify modifiable risk factors that may be amenable to intervention.

More recently, in collaboration with the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Dr Ryan is undertaking research to examine the association between autism spectrum disorder and mutations of the Ras-MAPK signalling pathway. Dr Ryan is particularly interested in using social neuroscience techniques to identify potential mechanisms that underlie this association. This research will ultimately inform development of novel methods for assessment and treatment of socio-cognitive impairment in children with acquired and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Research interests

Clinical Neuropsychology

Neuropsychiatric Disorders      

Neuroimaging for Outcome Prediction in Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Brain Disorders (particularly Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and ADHD)          

Non-pharmacological Treatments for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia   

Cognition across the lifespan

Cognitive remediation and enhancement

Cognitive-behavioural Interventions to optimise mental health and wellbeing in children and families living with chronic health conditions

Affiliations

Brain and Mind Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute 

Psychology Service, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne 

Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne 

VicFAS, Monash Children's Hospital 

Teaching interests

Psychological Assessment

Clinical Neuropsychology

Child Neuropsychological Disorders

Psychopathology

Developmental Psychology 

Units taught

Unit Chair for HPS431 / HPS715 - Psychological Assessment

Unit Chair for HPS705 / HPS905 - Advanced Clinical Assessment 

Lecturing into HPY723 - Psychological Assessment in Practice, HPS779/979: Psychological Asessment, and HPS705/905: Advanced Clinical Assessment 

He supervises Fourth Year and Doctoral students. 

Professional activities

Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)

Board Approved Supervisor and Registrar Program Principal Supervisor - Clinical Neuropsychology (PsyBA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists 

Secretary of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists - Victorian Section

Co-Chair, Brain Injury Special Interest Group (SIG), International Neuropsychological Society 

Associate Editor, BMC Neurology  (Springer Nature)

Consulting Editor, Neuropsychology (American Psychological Association)

Research groups

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU)

Brain and Mind Research, Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute 

Awards

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Employability: Teaching Team of the Year 2021

Douglas & Tate Prize: Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

Publications

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2022

Effectiveness of play therapy in enhancing psychosocial outcomes in children with chronic illness: A systematic review

S Thomas, V White, N Ryan, L Byrne

(2022), Vol. 68, pp. S425-S426, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Quality of family environment predicts child perceptions of competence 12 months after pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Noor Khan, Nicholas Ryan, Louise Crossley, Stephen Hearps, Miriam Beauchamp, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2022), Vol. 65, pp. 1-6, Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Global and domain-specific self-esteem after pediatric traumatic brain injury: Contribution of injury characteristics and parent mental health

Noor Khan, Nicholas Ryan, Louise Crossley, Stephen Hearps, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2022), pp. 1-19, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

Challenges and opportunities for neuroimaging in young patients with traumatic brain injury: a coordinated effort towards advancing discovery from the ENIGMA pediatric moderate/severe TBI group

E Dennis, K Caeyenberghs, R Asarnow, T Babikian, B Bartnik-Olson, E Bigler, A Figaji, C Giza, N Goodrich-Hunsaker, C Hodges, K Hoskinson, M Königs, H Levin, H Lindsey, A Livny, J Max, T Merkley, M Newsome, A Olsen, N Ryan, M Spruiell, S Suskauer, S Thomopoulos, A Ware, C Watson, A Wheeler, K Yeates, B Zielinski, P Thompson, D Tate, E Wilde

(2021), Vol. 15, pp. 555-575, Brain Imaging and Behavior, United States, C1

journal article

Delineating the Nature and Correlates of Social Dysfunction after Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Using Common Data Elements: Evidence from an International Multi-Cohort Study

N Ryan, V Anderson, E Bigler, M Dennis, H Taylor, K Rubin, K Vannatta, C Gerhardt, T Stancin, M Beauchamp, S Hearps, C Catroppa, K Yeates

(2021), Vol. 38, pp. 252-260, Journal of Neurotrauma, United States, C1

journal article

Executive function mediates the prospective association between neurostructural differences within the central executive network and anti-social behavior after childhood traumatic brain injury

N Ryan, C Catroppa, N Hughes, F Painter, S Hearps, M Beauchamp, V Anderson

(2021), Vol. 62, pp. 1150-1161, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, England, C1

journal article

Social Cognitive Dysfunction following Pediatric Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Evidence from a Prospective Cohort Study

N Ryan, M Greenham, A Gordon, M Ditchfield, L Coleman, A Cooper, L Crowe, R Hunt, P Monagle, M MacKay, V Anderson

(2021), Vol. 52, pp. 1609-1617, Stroke, [Philadelphia, PA], C1

journal article

Social Cognition in Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Z On, N Ryan, M Konjarski, C Catroppa, R Stargatt

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 127-148, Neuropsychology Review, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

White Matter Disruption in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Results From ENIGMA Pediatric Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Emily Dennis, Karen Caeyenberghs, Kristen Hoskinson, Tricia Merkley, Stacy Suskauer, Robert Asarnow, Talin Babikian, Brenda Bartnik-Olson, Kevin Bickart, Erin Bigler, Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Anthony Figaji, Christopher Giza, Naomi Goodrich-Hunsaker, Cooper Hodges, Elizabeth Hovenden, Andrei Irimia, Marsh Konigs, Harvey Levin, Hannah Lindsey, Jeffrey Max, Mary Newsome, Alexander Olsen, Nicholas Ryan, Adam Schmidt, Matthew Spruiell, Benjamin Wade, Ashley Ware, Christopher Watson, Anne Wheeler, Keith Yeates, Brandon Zielinski, Peter Kochunov, Neda Jahanshad, Paul Thompson, David Tate, Elisabeth Wilde

(2021), Vol. 97, pp. E298-E309, NEUROLOGY, United States, C1

journal article

Evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the Amsterdam memory and attention training for children (Amat-c) following acquired brain injury (ABI): Protocol for a pilot study with online clinician support

C Catroppa, E Botchway, N Ryan, V Anderson, E Morrison, B Lam, C Piazza, D Krasts, E McIntosh, N Khan, N Sood

(2021), pp. 1-12, Brain Impairment, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Behavioral Intervention for Social Challenges in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

S Darling, M Goods, N Ryan, A Chisholm, K Haebich, J Payne

(2021), Vol. 175, pp. 1-12, JAMA Pediatrics, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal article
2020

The Impact of Traumatic Injury to the Immature Human Brain: A Scoping Review with Insights from Advanced Structural Neuroimaging

A Zamani, N Ryan, D Wright, K Caeyenberghs, B Semple

(2020), Vol. 37, pp. 724-738, Journal of Neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal article

Neuroimaging in paediatric mild traumatic brain injury: a systematic review

Vanessa Rausa, Jesse Shapiro, Marc Seal, Gavin Davis, Vicki Anderson, Franz Babl, Ryan Veal, Georgia Parkin, Nicholas Ryan, Michael Takagi

(2020), Vol. 118, pp. 643-653, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Sleep disturbances in young adults with childhood traumatic brain injury: relationship with fatigue, depression, and quality of life

Edith Botchway, Celia Godfrey, Nicholas Ryan, Stephen Hearps, Christian Nicholas, Vicki Anderson, Cathy Catroppa

(2020), pp. 1579-1589, Brain Injury, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Age-dependent differences in the impact of paediatric traumatic brain injury on executive functions: a prospective study using susceptibility-weighted imaging

Christine Resch, Vicki Anderson, Miriam Beauchamp, Louise Crossley, Stephen Hearps, Caroline van Heugten, Petra Hurks, Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa

(2019), Vol. 124, pp. 236-245, Neuropsychologia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cognitive fitness to drive in Huntington's disease: assessing the clinical utility of DriveSafe DriveAware

Hayden Farrell, Sophie Andrews, Nicholas Ryan, Marie-Claire Davis, Stephanie Gordon, Julie Stout, Fiona Fisher

(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 87-95, Journal of Huntington's disease, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Unraveling the association between pediatric traumatic brain injury and social dysfunction: the mediating role of self-regulation

Nicholas Ryan, Jonathan Reyes, Louise Crossley, Miriam Beauchamp, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2019), Vol. 36, pp. 2895-2903, Journal of neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal article

Young adults' perspectives on health-related quality of life after paediatric traumatic brain injury: a prospective cohort study

Nicholas Ryan, Kate Noone, Celia Godfrey, Edith Botchway, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2019), Vol. 62, pp. 342-350, Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

Injury

M Greenham, N Ryan, V Anderson

(2018), pp. 413-437, The neurobiology of brain and behavioral development, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Evaluating the utility of a structured clinical protocol for reducing the impact of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in progressive neurological diseases: a pilot study

Nicholas Ryan, Laura Scott, Maryanne McPhee, Susan Mathers, Marie-Claire Davis, Roxanne Maule, Fiona Fisher

(2018), Vol. 2018, pp. 1-9, Behavioural neurology, Cairo, Egypt, C1

journal article

White matter microstructure predicts longitudinal social cognitive outcomes after paediatric traumatic brain injury: a diffusion tensor imaging study

N Ryan, S Genc, M Beauchamp, K Yeates, S Hearps, C Catroppa, V Anderson, T Silk

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 679-691, Psychological medicine, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Brain volumetric correlates of inhibition and cognitive flexibility 16 years following childhood traumatic brain injury

Kelleynne Yu, Marc Seal, Jonathan Reyes, Celia Godfrey, Vicki Anderson, Chris Adamson, Nicholas Ryan, Stephen Hearps, Cathy Catroppa

(2018), Vol. 96, pp. 642-651, Journal of neuroscience research, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Examining the prospective relationship between family affective responsiveness and theory of mind in chronic paediatric traumatic brain injury

N Ryan, K Mihaljevic, M Beauchamp, C Catroppa, L Crossley, S Hearps, T Silk, C Godfrey, K Yeates, V Anderson

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 88-101, Brain impairment, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Exploring the neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive, affective and conative theory of mind in pediatric acquired brain disorder: a neural systems perspective

N Ryan, C Catroppa, R Beare, T Silk, Stephen Hearps, M Beauchamp, K Yeates, V Anderson

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1414-1427, Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, Oxford, Eng, C1

journal article

Recovery of white matter following paediatric traumatic brain injury depends on injury severity

S Genc, V Anderson, N Ryan, C Malpas, C Catroppa, M Beauchamp, T Silk

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 798-806, Journal of neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal article

Social Competence at Two Years after Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury

V Anderson, M Beauchamp, K Yeates, L Crossley, N Ryan, S Hearps, C Catroppa

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 2261-2271, Journal of neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Uncovering the neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive, affective and conative theory of mind in paediatric traumatic brain injury: a neural systems perspective

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Richard Beare, Timothy Silk, Stephen Hearps, Miriam Beauchamp, Keith Yeates, Vicki Anderson

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1414-1427, Social cognitive and affective neurosciences, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2016

Theory of mind mediates the prospective relationship between abnormal social brain network morphology and chronic behavior problems after pediatric traumatic brain injury

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Richard Beare, Timothy Silk, Louise Crossley, Miriam Beauchamp, Keith Yeates, Vicki Anderson

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 683-692, Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Social dysfunction after pediatric traumatic brain injury: a translational perspective

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Celia Godfrey, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Sandy Shultz, Terence O'Brien, Vicki Anderson, Bridgette Semple

(2016), Vol. 64, pp. 196-214, Neuroscience & biobehavioral reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Longitudinal outcome and recovery of social problems after pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI): contribution of brain insult and family environment

Nicholas Ryan, Loeka van Bijnen, Cathy Catroppa, Miriam Beauchamp, Louise Crossley, Stephen Hearps, Vicki Anderson

(2016), Vol. 49, pp. 23-30, International journal of developmental neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Uncovering cortico-striatal correlates of cognitive fatigue in pediatric acquired brain disorder: evidence from traumatic brain injury

Nicholas Ryan, Miriam Beauchamp, Richard Beare, Lee Coleman, Michael Ditchfield, Michael Kean, Timothy Silk, Sila Genc, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2016), Vol. 83, pp. 222-230, Cortex, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2015

Prevalence and predictors of externalizing behavior in young adult survivors of pediatric traumatic brain injury

Nicholas Ryan, Nathan Hughes, Celia Godfrey, Stefanie Rosema, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 75-85, Journal of head trauma rehabilitation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

The emergence of age-dependent social cognitive deficits after generalized insult to the developing brain: a longitudinal prospective analysis using susceptibility-weighted imaging

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Janine Cooper, Richard Beare, Michael Ditchfield, Lee Coleman, Timothy Silk, Louise Crossley, Miriam Beauchamp, Vicki Anderson

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 1677-1691, Human brain mapping, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Predictors of longitudinal outcome and recovery of pragmatic language and its relation to externalizing behaviour after pediatric traumatic brain injury

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Richard Beare, Lee Coleman, Michael Ditchfield, Louise Crossley, Miriam Beauchamp, Vicki Anderson

(2015), Vol. 142, pp. 86-95, Brain and language, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Relationships between acute imaging biomarkers and theory of mind impairment in post-acute pediatric traumatic brain injury: a prospective analysis using susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)

Nicholas Ryan, Cathy Catroppa, Janine Cooper, Richard Beare, Michael Ditchfield, Lee Coleman, Timothy Silk, Louise Crossley, Kirrily Rogers, Miriam Beauchamp, Keith Yeates, Vicki Anderson

(2015), Vol. 66, pp. 32-38, Neuropsychologia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2014

Predictors of very-long-term sociocognitive function after pediatric traumatic brain injury: evidence for the vulnerability of the immature "social brain"

Nicholas Ryan, Vicki Anderson, Celia Godfrey, Miriam Beauchamp, Lee Coleman, Senem Eren, Stefanie Rosema, Kaitlyn Taylor, Cathy Catroppa

(2014), Vol. 31, pp. 649-657, Journal of neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2013

Social communication mediates the relationship between emotion perception and externalizing behaviors in young adult survivors of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Nicholas Ryan, Vicki Anderson, Celia Godfrey, Senem Eren, Stefanie Rosema, Kaitlyn Taylor, Cathy Catroppa

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 811-819, International journal of developmental neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

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