Adjunct Staff

Dr Matthew Thomas

BSocSci(Welfare), GradDipCouns (CSU), PhD(ClinPsych) (University of Tasmania)

Adjunct Lecturer
Bathurst

Matthew completed his undergraduate training in Psychology and Welfare studies in 1990 and worked in various roles in the welfare area, including developmental disability services and programs for homeless youth and adults. Matthew completed a fourth year of study in psychology in 1996 and went on to work in a rural brain injury rehabilitation service. In 2008, Matthew graduated with a PhD (Clin Psych) at the University of Tasmania. Matthew's thesis investigated subjective quality of life following traumatic brain injury and his research, in collaboration with the Neurotrauma Register of Tasmania is ongoing.

Matthew's current focus is on teaching Neuropsychology in the postgraduate clinical psychology course and providing specialised cognitive assessment and rehabilitation services, supervision and consultancy at Bloomfield hospital in Orange. Matthew also enjoys a weekend role as a flying instructor. Matthew's current research focus includes work in areas of outcomes following Neurotrauma, development of clinical scales and aviation human factors.

Teaching

  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological interventions

Research

  • Outcomes following traumatic brain injury
  • Development of clinical scales
  • Rehabilitation and therapy program evaluation
  • Clinical practice issues

Publications

  • Thomas, M.D. & Richards, C. (2015) Determining readiness for solo flying training: Towards defining the elements of competency. Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors.
  • Thomas, M.D. and Jobse, E. (2015) Towards understanding community perceptions of traumatic brain injury: The structure and potential utility of the Head Injury Knowledge Scale. Brain Impairment.
  • Skilbeck, C.E., Dean, T., Thomas, M.D. & Slatyer, M. (2013) Impaired National Adult Reading Test (NART) Performance in Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23, 2, 234-255.
  • Thomas, M.D., McGrath, A. & Skilbeck, C.E. (2012) The psychometric properties of the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) in an Australian community sample. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64, 225-234.
  • Skilbeck, C.E., Holmes, K.C., Slatyer, M., Thomas, M. & Bell, T. (2011) The factor structure of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) in a traumatic brain injury population. Brain Impairment, 12, 1, 22-32.
  • Langley, J., Johnson, S., Slatyer, M., Skilbeck, C. & Thomas, M. (2010) Issues of loss to follow-up in a population study of traumatic brain injury (TBI) followed to 3 years post-trauma Brain Injury. 24, (7-8): 939-947.
  • Thomas, M. (2011) Providing clinical services for brain injury rehabilitation in remote communities of NSW. Proposal to ACI-BIRD, included in Mitsch, V. (2011) ABI Rehabilitation Service Delivery Report" Developing A Model of care for rural and remote NSW, Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate: Chatswood, NSW.
  • Thomas, M. Skilbeck, C., Slatyer, M. (2009) Pre-injury estimates of subjective quality of life following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury.23, 6, 516-527.
  • Thomas, M. (2004) The Potential Unlimited Program: An outdoor experiential education and group work approach that facilitates adjustment to brain injury. Brain Injury. 18,12,1271-1286.

Conference Papers

  • Skilbeck, C., Thomas, M., Holm. K., Ta'eed, G. & Slatyer, M. (2015) Neurotrauma Register of Tasmania Symposium : Paper 2 Titled: Quality of life following TBI. Presented at the 5th Pacific rim conference incorporating the INS mid-year meeting and ASSBI's 38t Annual Brain Impairment conference, Sofitel Sydney, Wentworth, NSW, Australia.
  • Thomas, M. & Shin, M., (2015) Proposal to trial and evaluate a multi-disciplinary approach to cognitive rehabilitation in inpatients with schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 12th conference of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Daydream  Island, QLD.
  • Fick, S., Denehy, H., Matthewson, M., Thomas, M. (2014) Predictors of father involvement: Testing the Lamb-Pleck Model. Poster presented at the 49th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart.
  • Jobse, E. and Thomas, M.D. (2014) Confirmatory factor structure of the Head Injury Knowledge Scale in an Australian community sample. Poster presented at the 37th Annual conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • Randall, D., Thomas, M.D. and Whiting, D. (2014) The factor structure of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS-21) in Australian adults with severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 37th Annual conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia. (Runner up, Kevin Walsh Prize for best abstract by Hons or Masters student)
  • Thomas, M., Holm. K., Ta'eed, G., Skilbeck, C., Slatyer, M. (2014) Neuropsychology Symposium. Paper titled: Predicting SQOL following TBI. Presented at the 49th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart.
  • Thomas, M., Skilbeck, C.E., Troup, G., McGrath, A. (2013, May) Validation of the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) as a measure of outcomes following traumatic brain injury in Australia. Presented at the 36th Annual conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Wrest Point, Hobart.
  • Thomas, M., McGrath, A., Skilbeck, C.E., (2013, May) Validity of Frisch's rule for missing data: Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI). Presented at the 36th Annual conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Wrest Point, Hobart.
  • Bowen, D., Thomas. M.D, & Tyson, G. (2011, November) Academic buoyancy: Developing a model of undergraduates' everyday academic resilience. Poster presented at CSU Ed 2011, CSU Thurgoona Campus, Albury.
  • Troup, G., Thomas, M., Tyson, G., Kiernan, M., Skilbeck, C. & Slatyer, M. (2011. July) The factor structure of the Quality of Life Inventory in a representative sample of adults with traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 4th INS/ASSBI annual meeting, Skycity, Auckland, New Zealand (Brain Impairment, July 2011, 12, suppl.)
  • Thomas, M. & Shanahan, L. (2010, May) The Potential Unlimited Program: A review of pilot research and future directions for development. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. Citigate Central, Gold Coast. (Brain Impairment, May 2010, 10, 1)

Memberships

  • Registration with AHPRA and endorsement in Clinical Psychology
  • Member - Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member - APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member - Australian Society for the Study of Brain Injury (ASSBI)
  • Member – World Federation of Neuro-rehabilitation (WFNR)

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