Dr Damith Woods

Biography

Dr Woods is a clinical lecturer in the Discipline of Psychological Sciences. He completed his Bachelor of Psychology at the University of South Australia, Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University, Masters of Clinical Child Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Dr Woods has presented in state, national, and international forums and has been an invited speaker at seminars and workshops discussing evidence-based research and its translation into clinical practice. Dr Woods is also a research associate at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

Research

Neuropsychological functioning (memory, attention, executive function, visuospatial processing, language) and assessment across the lifespan, paediatric and adult specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalculia), acquired brain injury (traumatic and non-traumatic), neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Fronto-Temporal, Parkinson’s Disease), clinical neuroimaging, and models of neuro-rehabilitation following central nervous system dysfunction.

Teaching

Behavioural Neuroscience, Research Methods, Child Psychology, Human Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment, Professional Issues.

Expert Comment Topics

  • Paeditric Brain Injury
  • Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs) in children
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Neurodegenerative diseases

Research & Scholarships

Journal Articles

  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., Giallo, R., Matthews, J., & Anderson, V. (2014). Challenging behaviours following paediatric acquired brain injury: the clinical utility for a manualised behavioural intervention programme. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(3). 145-159.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., & Anderson, V. (2014). Long-term maintenance of treatment effects following intervention for families with children who have acquired brain injury. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(2), 70-82.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., Giallo, R., Matthews, J., & Anderson, V. (2014). A telehealth intervention for families caring for a child with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(1), 51-62.
  • Robert-Hendren, D., Lennings, C. J., & Woods, D. T. (2013). The complications for mental health professionals when confronted with the perplexity of complicated grief. Greif Matter, 16(3), 60-63.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., Giallo, R., Matthews, J., & Anderson, V. (2014). Challenging behaviours following paediatric acquired brain injury: the clinical utility for a manualised behavioural intervention programme. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(3). 145-159.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., & Anderson, V. (2014). Long-term maintenance of treatment effects following intervention for families with children who have acquired brain injury. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(2), 70-82.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., Giallo, R., Matthews, J., & Anderson, V. (2014). A telehealth intervention for families caring for a child with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Social Care and Neurodisability, 5(1), 51-62.
  • Robert-Hendren, D., Lennings, C. J., & Woods, D. T. (2013). The complications for mental health professionals when confronted with the perplexity of complicated grief. Greif Matter, 16(3), 60-63.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Godfrey, C., Enem, S., & Anderson, V. (2013). Helping families to manage challenging behaviour after paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI): A model approach and review of the literature. Social Care and Neurodisability, 4(3-4), 94-104.
  • Woods, D., Perry, A. W., & Solomou, S. (2013). Intensive care management following emergency defibrillation of an adolescent girl after recreational inhalant use: A case report and review of the literature. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, 28(2), 1-5.
  • Woods, D., Perry, A. W., & Solomou, S. (2012). The neuropsychological sequelae of a 14-year-old girl following successful resuscitation from ventricular fibrillation and collapse secondary to butane gas inhalation. Resuscitation, 83, 204-215.
  • Catroppa, C., Soo, C., Crowe, L., Woods, D., & Anderson, V. (2012). Evidence-based approaches to the management of cognitive and behavioral impairments following pediatric brain injury. Future Neurology, 7 (6), 719-731.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Giallo, R., Matthews, J., & Anderson, V. (2012). Feasibility and consumer satisfaction ratings following group and telephone delivered intervention for parents who have a child with ABI. NeuroRehabilitation, 30(3), 189-198.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Barnett, P., & Anderson, V. (2011). Parental disciplinary practices following acquired brain injury in children. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14(5), 274-282.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., & Anderson, V. (2008). Dealing with a head injury in the family: ABI Booklet. Collingwood: Gill Miller Press.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., & Anderson, V. (2008). Dealing with a head injury in the family: Facilitator Manual. Collingwood: Gill Miller Press. 
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Book Chapters

Woods, D., Catroppa, C., & Anderson, V. (2012). Family-based models for treating social and behavioural problems in children with brain injury. In V. Anderson, & M. Beauchamp (Eds.), Developmental social neuroscience and childhood brain insult: Implications for theory and practice (pp. 350-369). New York: Guilford Publications.

Research Grants

NHMRC Public Health Training Scholarship 2008-2010, $85, 285 (ID: 491288)

Conference Presentations

  • Woods, D. T., & Kneebone, T. K. (2015, June). Characterizing neuropsychological impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented to the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, San Diego, CA.
  • Dhanapalan, P., & Woods, D. T. (2014, October). The relationship between internet use and psychological symptoms in an Australian sample. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the International Conference on Applied Psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Woods, D. (2013, October). Delineating between complicated/uncomplicated grief and depression in clinical settings. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, VIC.
  • Woods, D., Perry, A. W., & Solomou, S. (2013, October). Recreational inhalant use resulting in cardiac arrest and eight minutes of oxygen deprivation: Acute and longer-term neuropsychological outcomes in the developing brain. Grand Rounds presentation at the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Woods, D. T., & Kneebone, T. K. (2015, June). Characterizing neuropsychological impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented to the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, San Diego, CA.
  • Dhanapalan, P., & Woods, D. T. (2014, October). The relationship between internet use and psychological symptoms in an Australian sample. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the International Conference on Applied Psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Woods, D. (2013, October). Delineating between complicated/uncomplicated grief and depression in clinical settings. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, VIC.
  • Woods, D., Perry, A. W., & Solomou, S. (2013, October). Recreational inhalant use resulting in cardiac arrest and eight minutes of oxygen deprivation: Acute and longer-term neuropsychological outcomes in the developing brain. Grand Rounds presentation at the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Woods, D. (2012, September). Neuropsychological sequelae of a 14 y/o girl after ventricular fibrillation following butane gas inhalation: delineating between poly-substance abuse and hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Perth, WA.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Barnett, P., & Anderson, V. (2011, November). Interactive care-giving behaviours following paediatric acquired brain injury. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Sydney, NSW.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Matthews, J., Giallo, R., & Barnett, P.  (2011, February). Pediatric traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury: How clinical neuropsychology can help in the rehabilitation process. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • Woods, D. (2010, September). Paediatric acquired brain injury: Evidence-based best practice in rehabilitation. In V. Anderson (Chair). Child-based interventions for acquired brain injury: translating evidence into practice. Workshop presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Perth, WA.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Matthews, J., Giallo, R., & Barnett, P. (2009, August). Efficacy for a family-centred intervention for parents of children with acquired brain injury (ABI). Paper presented at the 6th Annual Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Matthews, J., Giallo, R., & Barnett, P. (2008, November). Preliminary efficacy for a family-centred intervention for parents of children with acquired brain injury. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Adelaide, SA.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Matthews, J., Giallo, R., & Barnett, P. (2007, October). A family-centred behavioural intervention for a child with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Case Study. Poster presented at the New Frontiers in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, San Diego, CA.
  • Woods, D., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V., Matthews, J., Giallo, R., & Barnett, P. (2007, February). Treatment acceptability of a family-centred intervention for parents of children with an acquired brain injury - Pilot Study. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, OR.
  • Blunden, S., & Woods, D. (2005, October). Infant sleep disturbance and parental settling behaviours. Poster presented at the Australian Sleep Association and the Australian Sleep Technologists Association, Sydney, NSW.
  • Woods, D. & Blunden, S. (2004, September). Parental interactive bedtime behaviours and their association with infant sleep disturbance (ISD). Poster presented at the 8th Biennial International Paediatric and Child Health Nurses Conference, Adelaide, SA.
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Professional Accreditation

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Reg No: PSY0001595709)
  • American Psychological Association - Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology (ID: 27018571)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ID: 7355)
  • International Neuropsychological Society (ID: 465389701)
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology (ID: 9087)
  • Australian Psychological Society (ID: 042073)