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Dr Nicholas Ryan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2018
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne, 2018

Biography summary

Dr Nicholas Ryan, PhD, is a practicing Clinical Neuropsychologist and social cognitive neuroscience researcher. He holds a continuing academic appointment as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University.

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       

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Neuroimaging for Outcome Prediction in Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Brain Disorders             

Novel Paradigms for Assessment and Treatment of Social Cognitive Impairment 

Non-pharmacological Treatments for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia   

Pragmatic Disorders in Forensic Settings

Affiliations

Murdoch Children's Research Institute 

Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne 

Endeavour Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Team, 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

Lecturing across several Masters and Doctoral level units: 

HPY723 - Psychological Assessment in Practice 

HPS779/979: Psychological Asessment 

HPS705/905: Advanced Clinical Assessment 

He supervises both Fourth Year and Masters students. 

Professional activities

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychology Board of Australia (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

Research groups

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU)

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

Publications

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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

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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

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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), pp. 1-9, Journal of neurotrauma, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

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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), Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2018

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

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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

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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

Injury

M Greenham, N Ryan, V Anderson

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

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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

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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

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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

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Social competence at 2 years following child 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

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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
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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