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Gemma McKeon

Dr | Research Officer

Child & Youth Mental Health

+61 7 3845 3098

Gemma.McKeon@qimrberghofer.edu.au

 

CAREER HISTORY

Gemma is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with many years of experience working in research related to mental health. She holds an Associate Lecturer academic title with The University of Queensland. After completing her undergraduate Psychology degree with first class honours, Gemma worked in research pertaining to government-funded mental health service planning activities. She went on to complete her clinical training in 2016, which included her thesis exploring the cognitive and psychological aspects of recovery following a relatively novel immune-mediated neurological disorder – anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis. Under the supervision of Professor James Scott, Gemma subsequently continued her research related to this disease and autoimmune causes of psychosis. Gemma has experience working as a Psychologist in the areas of complex mental health, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders, and supporting patients within an acute hospital setting.  

 

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • QIMR Berghofer Research Officer (Child and Youth Mental Health Group)

 

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

2011 – 2013: Research Officer, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (Policy and Epidemiology Group)

2016 – 2017: Research Officer, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (Child and Youth Mental Health Group)

 

ORCID NUMBER

0000-03-3462-2775

 

CURRENT AREA OF RESEARCH

Gemma’s current research at QIMR is focused on co-ordinating a clinical trial to investigate whether iron supplementation may have benefits for people diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.

 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

2016: – Lead author on one of the first studies to investigate cognitive functioning in a small cohort of people recovering from anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • General registration as a Psychologist through AHPRA, with practice endorsements in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2016: – Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology), The University of Queensland.

2010: – Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I), The University of Queensland.