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Associate Professor Gail Robinson
  – Associate Professor, Clinical Neuropsychology

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Associate Professor Gail Robinson
Gail was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology at UQ mid-2010, having spent 15 years practising as a clinical neuropsychologist, at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Her research is patient-based adopting single-case, case series and group methodologies and is focused on the neuropsychology of executive functions and language generation, particularly in frontal lobe pathology.
Room:
MC - 412
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6401
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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Associate Professor Gail Robinson
Qualifications:

PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) UCL; MClinPsych, BSc(Hons) ANU

Background:

I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Queensland mid 2010. I have been a Clinical Neuropsychologist for more than 18 years, most of this time at the dynamic and historic National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. My clinical experience includes diagnositic and rehabilitation roles with a variety of neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental patient populations. My research is patient-based adopting single-case, case series and group methodologies and is focussed on the executive mechanisms involved in language generation. My role at UQ is training clinical neuropsychology doctoral students and developing research links with clinical neurology, neurosurgery and neuropsychology.

 

Professional Activities:

Professional Affiliations

Australian Psychological Society, Member 

APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology, Member  

APS College of Clinical Psychology, Member      

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Member

British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist 

BPS Division of Neuropsychology, Full Practitioner Member  

British Neuropsychological Society, Member                  

Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology, Member   

International Neuropsychological Society, Member

Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Member

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Associate Professor Gail Robinson
Research Activities:

            My research is focussed on the neuropsychology of language generation, particularly in frontal lobe pathology. A central question has been how the brain generates and selects verbal messages at the conceptual level. In other words, how do we decide what to say and produce it when many messages compete for selection? To address this I study neurological patients with brain damage who present with acquired language disorders, such as dynamic aphasia, that can arise from a variety of neuropathologies (e.g., brain tumours, frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, stroke). By investigating how language generation can break down in patients with brain lesions it is possible to further our understanding of the cognitive mechanisms involved in normal language generation and the neural substrates underpinning these mechanisms.

Key areas of research:

Acquired language disorders (e.g., dynamic aphasia, anomia), including semantic memory

Executive (dys)function (e.g., strategy, initiation, problem solving)

Neurorehabiliation - executive function and language disorders (especially primary progressive aphasias)

Clinical neuropsychology in general

External Research Support:

Australian Research Council (DECRA: Executive Control of Language Generation)

National Health and Medical Research Council & Cancer Council Queensland (A prospective study of language impairment and recovery following surgery for brain tumours)

 

 

Representative Publications:

Cipolotti, L., Healy, C., Chan, E., MacPherson, S., White, M., Woollett, K., Turner, M., Robinson, G., Spano, B., Bozzali, M., & Shallice, T.  The effect of age on cognitive performance of frontal patients. Neuropsychologia (Accepted 7/06/15)

Lyons, A.D.*, Henry, J.D., Rendell, P.G., Robinson, G.A. & Suddendorf, T. (2015). Episodic foresight and schizophrenia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology (Accepted 27/5/15)

Martin, A.K.*, Robinson, G., Reutens, D.C., & Mowry, B. (2015). Common genetic risk variants are associated with positive symptoms and decision-making ability in patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research (accepted 25/4/15)

Robinson, G., Butterworth, B. & Cipolotti, L. (2015). My Mind Says it All: No 'brake' to stop speech generation in jargon. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology (Accepted 03/03/15)

Robinson, G.A., Biggs, V. & Walker, D.G. Cognitive Screening in Brain Tumours: Short but sensitive enough? (2015). Frontiers in Oncology, section Neuro-Oncology. E-pub March 11 (doi: 10.3389/fonc.2015.00060)

Robinson, G., Cipolotti, L., Walker, D.G., Biggs, V., Bozzali, M., & Shallice, T. (2015). Verbal suppression and strategy use: A role for the right lateral prefrontal cortex? Brain, 138, 1084-1096.

Law, B., Young, B., Pinsker, D. & Robinson, G. (2015). Propositional speech in unselected stroke: The effect of genre and external support. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 24(3), 374-401.

Robinson, G., & Ceslis, A. (2015). An Unusual Presentation of Probable Dementia: Rhyming, Associations and Verbal Disinhibition. Journal of Neuropsychology, in press.

Martin, A.K., Robinson, G., Reutens, D.C., & Mowry, B. (2014). Copy number deletion burden is associated with cognitive, structural, and resting-state network differences in patients with schizophrenia. Behavioural Brain Research, 272, 324-334.

Baird, A., Walker, D.G., Biggs, V., & Robinson, G. (2014). Selective preservation of the beat in apperceptive amusia: a case study. Cortex, 53, 27-33.

Martin, A.K.*, Robinson, G., Reutens, D.C., & Mowry, B. (2014). Rates of cannabis abuse in schizophrenia patients with and without large, uncommon copy number variants and the relationship with age of onset. Schizophrenia Research, 155(1), 21-25.

Martin, A.K., Robinson, G., Dzafic, I., Reutens, D.C., & Mowry, B. (2014). Theory of Mind and the social brain: implications for understanding the genetic basis of schizophrenia. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 13 (1), 104-117.

Robinson, G. (2013). Primary progressive dynamic aphasia and Parkinsonism: Generation, selection and sequencing deficits. Neuropsychologia, 51, 2534–47.

Murphy, P., Shallice, T., Robinson, G., MacPherson, S., Turner, M., Woollett, K., Bozzali, M., & Cipolotti, L. (2013). Impairments in proverb interpretation following focal frontal lobe lesions. Neuropsychologia, 51, 2075–2086.

Robinson, G., Shallice, T., Bozzali, M. & Cipolotti, L. (2012). The differing roles of the frontal cortex in fluency tests. Brain, 135 (7), 1202-1214.

Robinson, G., Cohen, H. & Goebels, A. (2011). A case of complex regional pain syndrome with agnosia for object orientation. Pain, 152(7), 1674-81.

Robinson, G., Shallice, T., Bozzali, M. & Cipolotti, L. (2010) Conceptual proposition selection and the LIFG: neuropsychological evidence from a focal frontal group. Neuropsychologia, 48(6), 1652-63.

Gracey, F. & Robinson, G. (2008). Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment and Management of Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioural Changes following Stroke. In V.I. Skvortsova and G.I. Galina (Eds.). Early Rehabilitation in Acute Stroke. Russia.
 
Robinson, G., & Weekes, B.S. (2007). Rehabilitation in Clinical Neuropsychology. In G. Davey (Ed.). Clinical Psychology. Hodder Arnold.

Robinson, G., Shallice, T. & Cipolotti, L.  (2006). Dynamic Aphasia in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: A deficit in generating a fluent sequence of novel thought. Neuropsychologia, 44(8), 1344-1360.
 
Robinson, G., Shallice, T. & Cipolotti, L. (2005). A failure of high level verbal response selection in progressive dynamic aphasia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 22(6), 661-694.

Guy, S., Clarke, L., Bryant, H., Robinson, G., Stewart, T., Segaran, E. & Ross, M. (2004). An interdisciplinary team approach to acute stroke rehabilitation. In N.A. Losseff (Ed.). Neurological Rehabilitation of Stroke. Taylor & Francis: London.

Larner, A.J., Robinson, G., Kartsounis, L.D., Rakshi, J.S., Muqit, M.M.K., Wise, R.J.S., Cipolotti, L. & Rossor, M.N. (2004). Clinical-anatomical correlation in a selective phonemic speech production impairment. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 219, 23-29.
 
Weekes, B., Davies, R., Parris, B. & Robinson, G. (2003). Age of acquisition effects on spelling in surface dysgraphia. Aphasiology, 17, 563-584.
 
Bevan, A., Robinson, G., Butterworth, B. & Cipolotti, L. (2003). To play ‘B’ but not to say ‘B’: Selective loss of musical note names. Neurocase, 9, 118-28.

Robinson, G. & Cipolotti, L. (2001). The selective preservation of colour naming in semantic dementia. Neurocase, 7, 65-75.
 
Robinson, G., Rossor, M.N. & Cipolotti, L. (1999). Selective sparing of verb naming in a case of severe Alzheimer’s Disease. Cortex, 35, 443-450.
 
Cipolotti, L., Robinson, G., Blair, J. & Frith, U. (1999). Fractionation of visual memory: Evidence from a case with multiple neurodevelopmental impairments. Neuropsychologia, 37, 455-465.
 
Robinson G, Blair J & Cipolotti L. (1998). Dynamic aphasia: An inability to select between competing verbal responses? Brain, 121, 77-89.

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC8171 - Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC8161 - Neuroanatomy for Neuropsych

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

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