Miriam Beauchamp

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Canada

 

Biography

Miriam Beauchamp, PhD is Associate Professor in developmental neuropsychology at the University of Montreal (Canada) where she leads the ABCs developmental neuropsychology laboratory (www.abcs.umontreal.ca). She is also a researcher at the Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. Since 2009, she has held a Career Development Award from the Quebec Health Research Funds (FRQS) for her research program in pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2015, she was presented with the International Neuropsychological Society Early Career Award (2015) in recognition for her work in the area of pediatric TBI. Her research is currently funded by three federal Canadian agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), as well as by the Quebec Health Research Funds (FRQS). In 2016, she was awarded a CIHR Foundations grant for a study focused on TBI during the preschool years.

Dr Beauchamp’s clinical research program focuses specifically on studying advanced neuroimaging techniques for improving lesion detection after childhood TBI and measuring cognitive and social outcomes. A particular interest within her TBI research program is to improve our understanding the consequences of TBI when sustained before the age of six years (“preschool TBI”). The information gleaned from these studies guides the development of novel and ecological assessment techniques and targeted interventions based on virtual reality and intelligent video gaming for children with brain injury at-risk for cognitive, social or behavioral problems.

 

Conference Presentations

Keynote Lecture: Think Positive! Focusing on Wellness Rather Than Weakness After Pediatric Brain Injury

Research on the cognitive, affective and social outcomes of childhood brain insult logically tends to focus on the difficulties and deficits acquired as a result of the injury. Yet, many children who sustain brain injury recover well and return to pre-injury levels of functioning. Others are able to adapt to their symptoms and sequelae, succeed in academic, social, and community settings, and have good quality of life. For example, the vast majority of children who sustain concussion have been shown to return to baseline functioning within one month of their injuries, and even more serious injuries, such as severe traumatic brain injury, can sometimes have a surprisingly encouraging aftermath. This presentation invites clinicians and researchers to consider the ‘flip side’ of brain injury by looking at positive psychological indicators such as wellness, resilience, and temperament in the context of brain injury. Examples drawn from a range of injury severities will be used to illustrate the interest of shifting emphasis to positive outcomes in our mission to understand childhood brain injury. The data and cases presented aim to highlight what factors may be protective or predictive of preserved functioning and conversely, what markers may be useful in identifying children at-risk for poor outcome.

What About the Little Ones? Assessment and Outcomes of Early Childhood TBI

The Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Social Impairment After Child Acquired Brain Injury

 

 

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