Neuropsychological and Psychological Services
Ph: 0410 692 016 - Email: bronaodowd@optusnet.com.au

About

Dr Brona O’Dowd is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Psychologist with a strong assessment, treatment, and research background. After her secondary education she worked in a variety of positions (e.g. office clerical/management, supporting adolescents/adults with intellectual disability, and elderly care) before completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honors (1987-1990) and a Doctorate in Psychology (1991-1994) at La Trobe University in Melbourne. At the end of her doctorate studies she was awarded a four-year NHMRC Applied Health Science Fellowship. This post-doc fellowship was undertaken in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Queensland between 1995 and 1999.

With the aim of combining her research knowledge with clinical practice Dr O’Dowd commenced her Masters in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) in 1998. Since this time her professional experience as a Neuropsychologist and Psychologist has included positions at: the Royal Brisbane Hospital, the Greenslopes Private Hospital, the Princess Alexander Hospital, the University of Queensland, the Aged Care Assessment Team, the Centre for Magnetic Resonance (UQ), and the Wesley Hospital.

Dr O’Dowd commenced private practise in 2001 and has acted as a senior consultant with the Park Road Group, PsyCare, and the Pine Rivers/Greenslopes private hospitals. Dr O’Dowd is trained in using both PIRS and AMA5 impairment assessments. She extended her private practise in 2005 and she now offers independent neuropsychological, psychological, forensic and medico-legal services to adults.

 

Education and Professional Qualifications

1989 Bachelor of Behavioural Science (BBSc) (La Trobe University)

1990 1st Class Honours (La Trobe University)

1994 Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) (La Trobe University)

2000 Masters of Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) (University of Queensland)

 

Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • Victorian Psychological Council (1993-1996, certificate number 3366)
  • The Psychologists Board of Queensland (Current Registration number 970615)
  • Austral Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) (Current Registration PYS0001401715)
  • The Australian Psychological Society (Current Registration number 107653)
  • Member of the Queensland College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (2001 – ongoing)
  • Treasurer of the Queensland College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (2001 – 2003, 2005)
  • Secretary of the Queensland College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (2003 – 2005)
  • Committee member of the Stroke Association of Queensland (2000-2001)
  • Member of the Stroke Association of Queensland
  • Member of the Brain Injury Association
  • Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Queensland
  • Honoree Member of staff at Monash University (1998-2006)

 

Work Experience

May01 – ongoing Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in Private Practise

Psychological, Neuropsychological & Forensic
Assessment/treatment/rehabilitation for adults
Jan04 – ongoing

 

Consultant to Buderim Private Hospital

 

Sept05–Feb07 Consultant Supervisor of Neuropsychology Interns/Externs
Psychology Department, UQ
July06 – Oct06 Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU)
Princess Alexandra Hospital
July03 –Jan06 Consulting Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist for PsyCare
Neuropsychological/Vocational Assessments & Psychotherapy
May00 –Dec05 Communication Skills Tutor in GMC1 and GMC2 Medical Course
Medical School, UQ
Aug01 – Dec04

Neuropsychologist (Senior Research Officer)
Centre for Magnetic Resonance (CMR), UQ
Neuropsychological assessments on over 300 community dwelling elderly during my 3 years at CMR. Approximately 70% of these adults had cognitive profiles consistent with normal ageing while the remainder displayed a range of neuropathological conditions
April00 – June01 Part-time Research Psychologist
A/Prof Gerard Byrne
Department of Psychiatry, University of Queensland
Research into stroke and depression in the elderly.
Sep00 – June01 Consulting Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
A/Prof Gerard Byrne
Alzheimer’s Drug Trial
Assessments of elderly people at varying stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Oct00 – June01 Part-time Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital
1. Cognitive behavioural therapy with adults of varying ages with histories of substance abuse (alcohol or illicit drugs).
2. Pre- and post-neuropsychological assessment of adults undergoing liver transplants.
June00 – Dec00 Neuropsychologist (Intern)
Neuropsychology Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
Neuropsychological assessments of a range of clients with varying
neurological conditions (e.g. head injuries, stroke and brain tumors).
Feb00 – June00 Psychologist (Intern)
Aged Care Assessment Team
Ipswich Health Plaza, Ipswich
Psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments with community dwelling elderly adults.
Feb00 – June00 Research Psychologist
School of Psychology, University of Queensland.
Research into anxiety conditions in children following car accidents.
May99 – Dec99 Psychologist
Greenslopes Private Hospital.
Assessment and treatment of depression/anxiety conditions in patients who have suffered a myocardial attack or undergone heart surgery.
Psychotherapy with palliative care patients.
Feb99 – Dec99 Psychologist (Intern)
Behavioural Research and Therapy Centre
Herston and St Lucia Clinics, University of Queensland
Psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments with community dwelling adults and children.
1995-1999 (Postdoc)

NHMRC Applied Health Science Fellow
“Metabolic Dysfunctions in Astrocytes Related to Amnesia and Possibly Alzheimers Disease”
Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, UQ
Postdoctoral research into memory and Alzheimer’s disease.
1990-1992 Casual Reliever
Kildonan Child and Family Services, Melbourne
Care of children placed in foster homes.
1989-1990 Research Assistant
Department of Psychology, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Research into memory processes.
1987-1990 Casual Reliever
Community Services Victoria, Westernport Region, Melbourne
Care of adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities.
1986 Travel overseas
1982-1985 Office Manager of Merchant Transport, Ltd.,
Melbourne

 

Teaching and Supervision Experience

2005 – 2007 Associated Supervisor of PhD Candidate
Psychology Department, University of Queensland
2005 – 2007 Supervisor of Neuropsychology Externs
Psychology Department, University of Queensland
2000 – 2005 Communication Skills Tutor in GMC1 and GMC2 Medical Course
Medical School, University of Queensland
1996 – 1997 Co-supervisor of two honour’s students
Corey I. Batton: Thesis: Ferritin-rich microglia in ß-amyloid plaques
Glenda Bishop: Thesis: ß-amyloid induction of ferritin expression
1991 – 1994 First and Second Year Psychobiology Tutor
Department of Psychology, La Trobe University

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