Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2013 Recipient


Jennie Ponsford, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS, is a Professor of Neuropsychology in

 theSchoolofPsychologyand Psychiatry atMonashUniversityand Director of the Monash-Epworth  Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  She has spent the past 32 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

She has pioneered the development of specialized TBI rehabilitation programs with a community focus.  Her research has investigated outcomes following mild, moderate and severe TBI, and through the conduct of a longitudinal outcome study involving over 2000 individuals with TBI, she has studied factors predicting outcome, including genetic, age and injury-related factors, and rehabilitative interventions to improve outcome, with current intervention studies focusing specifically on fatigue and sleep changes, and psychiatric and substance use following TBI. She has also developed screening procedures and an information booklet for mild TBI.  She has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as two books on the management of traumatic brain injury.  She also directs a doctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology atMonashUniversity and her students are actively engaged with her research program.

Professor Ponsford is currently the President of the International Neuropsychological Society, Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and also serves currently on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association and ASSBI.  She is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals, including the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society Brain Injury, Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Brain Impairment and NeuroRehabilitation.