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Dr Natalie Phillips

Dr Natalie Phillips is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CAN Research. She utilises her clinical training and research expertise to investigate psychosocial, behavioural, and cognitive outcomes in children with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. 

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Dr Phillips has a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and PhD from The University of Sydney. Her previous research has included investigating mood and cognition following surgery in children with treatment resistant epilepsy and rehabilitation of working memory and treatment of sleep disturbances in children with traumatic brain injury.


She regularly presents at national and international conferences, including the International Conference On Memory, International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience, International Conference on Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference, International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.


Dr Phillips also peer-reviews for international psychiatric and neuropsychology journals and is actively involved in supervision of Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD student research projects.

Research interests

Research interests include:

- Psychosocial development in children

- Cognitive rehabilitation in children with neurological, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric conditions

- Development and remediation of memory and executive functioning during childhood

Publication highlights

Lah, S., Phillips, N., Palermo, T., Bartlett, D., Epps, A., Teng, A., Brooks, N., Parry, L., Naismith, S. (2021). A feasibility and acceptability study of cognitive behavioural treatment for insomnia in adolescents with traumatic brain injury: A-B with follow up design, randomized baseline, and replication across participants. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 31(3), 345-368. 


Moore, T., Phillips, N., Palermo, T., Lah, S. (2021). Acceptability, feasibility, and usability of a manualized cognitive behavioural programme for treatment of insomnia in children who sustained traumatic brain injury: A service providers' perspective. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 31(4), 583-600. 


Yeo, V., Phillips, N., Bogdanov, S., Brookes, N., Epps, A., Teng, A., Naismith, S., Lah, S. (2021). The persistence of sleep disturbance and its correlates in children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal study. Sleep Medicine, 81, 387-393. 


Poole, B., Phillips, N., Stewart, E., Harris, I., Lah, S. (2021). Working Memory in Pediatric Epilepsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 31(4), 569-609.


Phillips, N., Moore, T., Teng, A., Brookes, N., Palermo, T., Lah, S. (2020). Behavioral interventions for sleep disturbances in children with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep, 43(9), 1-18. 

Phillips, N., Shum, D., Mandalis, A., Parry, L., Benson, S., Morrow, A., Epps, A., Lah, S. (2018). Time-based prospective memory difficulties in children with ADHD and the role of time perception and working memory. Neuropsychology, 32(5), 575-585. 

Phillips, N., Parry, L., Mandalis, A., Lah, S. (2017). Working memory outcomes following traumatic brain injury in children: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Child Neuropsychology, 23(1), 26-66. 

Zehetner, A., Iatrou, P., Lampropoulos, B., Phillips, N. (2017). Review of Teenlink: A health service for children and adolescents of parents with substance use. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53(2), 149-154. 

Phillips, N., Mandalis, A., Benson, S., Parry, L., Epps, A., Morrow, A., Lah, S. (2016). Computerized working memory training for children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Neurotrauma, 33(23), 2097-2104. 

Phillips, N., Stargatt, R., Brown, A. (2012). Risk assessment of self- and other-directed aggression in adolescent psychiatric inpatient units. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(1), 40-46. 

Phillips, N., Stargatt, R., Fisher, L. (2011). Risk assessment: Predicting physical aggression in child psychiatric inpatient units. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(8), 638-645. 

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