Contact Details
Name: Audrey McKinlay
Specialist Areas: Brain injury, Neuropsychological assessment
Treatment Areas: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Client Types: Adolescent, Child
Address: 56A Kirkwood Avenue
Practice Name: Dr Audrey McKinlay
Location: Christchurch
Phone: +64 21 2292290
Bio: Dr Audrey McKinlay is Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Canterbury, having recently returned from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, where she was Senior Lecturer in the Clinical Psychology training programme in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. As a registered psychologist in private practice, Audrey also works with children and young people who have experienced Brain Injury, and their families, and is endorsed in Clinical Psychology and Neuro Psychology in both New Zealand and Australia.

Audrey’s research expertise is in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with a particular focus on early childhood injuries, and the long term and adult outcomes of childhood mild TBI. Dr. McKinlay leads a number projects investigating outcomes for children and young people following TBI, conducted in both New Zealand, Australia, USA and UK, and holds adjunct research positions at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, and Queens University, Belfast, UK. Collaborating with colleagues in the US and UK, Audrey is also investigating the support needs of educators working with children who have experienced a TBI. Older people’s health is also a focus of Audrey’s research, with a particular interest in TBI and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr McKinlay has published extensively, with a particular emphasis on the long-term outcomes of mild TBI experienced in early childhood. Using the world-renowned Christchurch Health and Development Study birth cohort, Dr McKinlay has followed children for over 35 years, being one of the first researchers to establish that not all childhood mild TBI is benign, especially for those injured in the first five years of life. Dr McKinlay’s publications cover topics such as psychosocial outcomes, substance abuse and offending behaviour, as well as incidence, public understanding and media and sports.

Dr McKinlay is a founding board member for the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society.

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