Dr Janine Cooper


Janine Cooper (PhD; 2004) has been a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) since 2015. Dr Cooper has more than 15 years of clinical research and teaching experience. She has has worked extensively in the field of neuropsychological research and has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects that have received competitive funding from external grant providers (i.e. Royal Society of Edinburgh, Brain Foundation, Medical Research Council) and internal grants at previous research institutes that include the Melbourne Children’s, the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital (UK). 

Research Interests

Dr Cooper has worked with cohorts of adults with degenerative disease and neuropathology that include Alzheimer’s disease and mild neurocognitive decline. She has worked extensively with typically developing and brain injured children and adolescents. Janine has expert knowledge of clinical neuroimaging techniques and neuropsychological assessment methodology. Her main interest areas are cognitive performance, autobiographical memory, brain injury and innovative rehabilitation techniques.

Expert Topics

  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Autobiographical memory
  • Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Techniques
  • Brain Injury
  • Neuropathology
  • Wellbeing
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Techniques

Teaching Interests

Janine has experience in a wide range of undergraduate psychology teaching, including: Behavioural Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Perception and Cognition, Lifespan Development and Advanced Research Methods.

Media Opportunities

ABC1 Catalyst: Powering the Mind, 17 March, 2015

ABC1 Catalyst: Powering the Mind, 17 March, 2015

Radio National Afternoons with Michael MacKenzie: Use of apps by children
Einstein a Go Go: Innovative memory app for children (listen from 24:20), 12 July 2015

The Conversation: Are apps affecting children? 4 May 2015 

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Research and Scholarship

Relevant Publications

  • Seunarine, K.K., Clayden, J.D., Jentschke, S,. Muñoz, M., Cooper, J.M., Chadwick, M.J., Banks, T., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Clark, C.A. (2016) Sexual Dimorphism in White Matter Developmental Trajectories Using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. Brain Connectivity, 6(1):37-47.
  • Geva, S., Cooper, J.M., Gadian, D.G., Mishkin, M. & Vargha-Khadem F. (2016) Impairment on a self-ordered working memory task in patients with early-acquired hippocampal atrophy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 20:12-22.
  • Patai, E.Z., Gadian, D.G., Cooper, J.M., Dzieciol, A.M., Mishkin, M. & Vargha-Khadem, F. (2015) Extent of hippocampal atrophy predicts degree of deficit in recall. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(41):12830-3.
  • Ryan, N.P, Catroppa, C., Cooper, J.M., Beare, R., Ditchfield, M., Coleman, L., Silk, T., Crossley, L., Rogers, K., Beauchamp, M.H., Yeates, K.O., & Anderson, V.A. (2015). 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). Neuropsychologia, 66: 32-38.
  • Ryan, N.P, Catroppa, C., Cooper, J.M., Beare, R., Ditchfield, M., Coleman, L., Silk, T., Crossley, L., Beauchamp, M.H., & Anderson, V.A. (2014). The Emergence of Age-Dependent Social Cognitive Deficits After Generalized Insult to the Developing Brain: A Longitudinal Prospective Analysis Using Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging. Human Brain Mapping. 36(5):1677.
  • Cooper, J.M., Gadian, D., M., Jentschke, S., Goldman, A., Munoz, M., Pitts, G., Banks, T., Hoskote, A., Deanfield, J., Baldeweg, T., De Haan, Mishkin, M., & Vargha-Khadem, F. (2015) Neonatal Hypoxia, Hippocampal Atrophy, and Memory Impairment: Evidence of a Causal Sequence. Cerebral Cortex, 25(6): 1469-76.
  • Dayan, M., Munoz, M., Jentschke, S., Chadwick, M.J., Cooper, J.M., Riney, K., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Clark, C.A. (2015) Optic radiation structure and anatomy in the normally developing brain determined using diffusion MRI and tractography. Brain Structure and Function, 220 (1):291-306.
  • Cooper, J.M., Catroppa, Eren, S., C. Godfrey, C., Beauchamp, M., Ditchfield, M. & Anderson, V. (2013) Attentional control 10 years post childhood traumatic brain injury: the impact of lesion presence, location and severity in adolescence and early adulthood. Journal of Neurotrauma, 31(8):713-21.
  • Gavlak, J., Stocks, J., Laverty, A., Scrase, E., Bucks, R., Sonnappa, S., Cooper, J.M, Imray, C., & Kirkham, F. (2013). The Young Everest Study: Changes in sleep and cerebral blood flow velocity during slow ascent to altitude in unacclimatised children. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 98(5): 356-62.
  • Cooper, J.M., Vargha-Khadem, F., Gadian, D., & Maguire, E.A. (2011) The effect of hippocampal damage in children on recalling autobiographical events and imagining new experiences. Neuropsychologia, 49(7): 1843-50.
  • Clayden, J.D., Jentschke, S., Munoz, M., Cooper, J.M, Chadwick, M., Banks, T., Clark, C & Vargha-Khadem, F. (2011) Common factors and gender differences in normal white matter tract development. Cerebral Cortex, 22(8): 1738-47.
  • Logie, R., Della Sala, S., MacPherson, S.E. & Cooper, J.M. (2007) Dual task demands on encoding and retrieval processes: Evidence from healthy adult ageing. Cortex, 43(1): 159-69.
  • Cooper, J.M., Shanks, M.F. & Venneri, A. (2006) Confabulations in Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia, 44(10): 1697-707.
  • Ivanoiu, A., Cooper, J.M., Shanks, M. F. & Venneri, A. (2006) Patterns of impairment in autobiographical memory in the degenerative dementias constrain models of memory. Neuropsychologia, 44(10):  1936-55.
  • Ivanoiu, A., Cooper, J.M., Shanks, M. F. & Venneri, A. (2004) Retrieval of episodic and semantic autobiographical memories in early Alzheimer's disease and semantic dementia. Cortex, 40, (1):  173-5.
  • Cooper, J.M., Shanks, M.F. & Venneri, A. (2003) Provoked confabulations distinguish patients with early Alzheimer's disease from normal elderly. Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, 11(1): 146-147.

International and National Presentations since 2012

Oral Presentations

Cooper, J.M., McIlroy, A., Gonzalez, L. “Supporting Memory Difficulties in Children and Adolescents: A Virtual Peer Delivered Intervention”.

  1. 2nd Annual Navitas Professional Institute Conference, Melbourne, Australia - 2016
  2. International Neuropsychology Society, Sydney, Australia - 2015
  3. Australian College of Applied Psychology 2015 School of Psychology Colloquium Series, Sydney, Australia - 2015

Cooper, J.M., DiBattista, A., Jaimangal, M., Rugoobur, A. “Assessing the efficacy and feasibility of an interactive computerised therapy system for children and adolescents post traumatic brain injury (TBI): the impact on memory and quality of life”.

1. The Australasian Society for the Study of Brian Impairment, Hobart, Tasmania -2013
2. Royal Automobile Club Victoria, Melbourne, Australia -2013

Cooper, J.M., Rosema, S., Beauchamp, M., Dooley, J., Anderson, V.A. “A Neural Network for Social Moral Reasoning in Adolescents”.

1. The Australasian Society for the Study of Brian Impairment, Hobart, Tasmania -2013
2. International Neuropsychology Society, Hawaii, USA - 2013
3. College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Launceston, Tasmania – 2012

Poster Presentations

Cooper, J.M., McIlroy, A., Beare, R., Rosema, S., Anderson, V.A. “A functional neural network for adolescent autobiographical memory: A pilot study.” International Neuropsychology Society, Sydney, Australia - 2015
Cooper, J.M., McIlroy, A., Curve Tomorrow. “Supporting memory difficulties in children and adolescents living with an acquired brain injury: A virtual peer delivered strategy based computerised intervention.” 4th Paediatric Neuropsychology Conference, London, UK - 2014. BEST POSTER AWARD.

Grants and Awards

  • Critical Care and Neuroscience Theme Grant: Chief Investigator (CI) A. (2014), $20,000.
  • Angior Family Foundation Award: CIA (2013), $17,500.
  • Critical Care and Neuroscience Fellowship: CIA (2013), $20,000.
  • Brain Foundation Grant: CIA (2012), $39,000. 
  • Bennelong Foundation Grant: CIA (2012), $15,000.
  • Critical Care and Neuroscience Theme Grant: CIA (2012), $30,000.
  • Medical Research Council Programme Grant: Fellowship (2005), £25,000.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh and Lloyds TSB Studentship (2001), £30,000.
  • Scottish International Educational Trust (SIET) Award (2003), £1,500. 
  • The Robert Nicol Trust Award for Postgraduate Study (2000), £2500.