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Psychological Care of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Tuesday, 22nd November 2022

Newmarket, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Rowley Mile Drive, Newmarket CB8 0TF, UK


Meet The Speakers

Dr Fergus Gracey
Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia

Fergus completed a Masters in Health Psychology in 1996, Clinical Psychology training at UEA in 2000 and a Post-Graduate diploma in CBT at Oxford in 2004. He was formerly the Clinical Lead for the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Lead Psychologist at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, where he maintains honorary positions.


Fergus joined the Department of Clinical Psychology at UEA as a Senior Research Fellow in December 2014, initially seconded from his post as Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in Cambridgeshire Community Services (NHS) Trust. He is now employed full time at UEA as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, and holds the Senior Research Tutor role within the department.


Fergus’ clinical and research interests are in neuropsychological rehabilitation, specifically self-regulation, identity, psychological therapy/CBT and asset-based community approaches following brain injury. He has published a number of papers and book chapters on these topics and been invited to present his work both nationally and internationally. Within the Department of Clinical Psychology, Fergus is supporting development of the Neuropsychology module of the doctoral programme and is leading a programme of research focused on understanding and developing interventions for cognitive and emotional sequelae of acquired brain injury.

Fergus is currently involved in research relating to family and caregivers of people with brain injuries (children,young people and adults) or dementia, and social connection and wellbeing, mainly from a qualitative perspective. Recently Fergus worked on a NIHR CLAHRC EoE and CPFT funded study with colleagues in the Dept of Psychiatry, Cambridge University, looking at the effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on aggression in people with acquired or developmental disabilities. Previous grants include an NIHR RfPB funded trial of an intervention for everyday memory and planning problems in people with acquired brain injury, in collaboration with colleagues at the MRC-CBU in Cambridge. He was also a Co-Investigator for an NIHR RfPB funded study looking at the feasibility of a clinical trial of an Arts for Health approach to improving confidence and well-being post-stroke, in collaboration with Bournemouth University. Fergus holds a number of honorary positions and is a member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology’s Policy Unit, the Board of Associate Editors of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, former Trustee for Headway Cambridgeshire and is a Clinical Associate at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

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Professor/Yr Athro Nick Alderman
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Senior Clinical Director and Head of Psychology, Elysium Neurological

Professor Nick Alderman is Senior Clinical Director and Head of Psychology at Elysium Neurological, part of Elysium Healthcare. As a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Nick has accrued four decades of experience in working in the field of acquired brain injury and is acknowledged internationally as one of the foremost experts in neurobehavioural rehabilitation, having spent the majority of his career specialising in this field.

Nick has combined successful careers in both clinical and academic psychology, and has a proven track record in treatment innovation, service development, leadership, research and teaching. Previously he held senior posts at St Andrew’s Healthcare (Kemsley Unit), the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Partnerships in Care and Priory Healthcare. He is Honorary Professor at Swansea University and Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England; and previously a Company Director and Chair of the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA) ‘Research & Outcomes’ group, and Chair of the East Midlands Acquired Brain Injury Forum. Nick has published numerous journal papers and book chapters; he has created neuropsychological tests, observational recording measures and outcome measures used in neurorehabilitation services across the world.


During his career, Nick has been the recipient of a number of honours. Amongst these are the prestigious United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum ‘Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration by an individual in the field of acquired brain injury’ in recognition of his work in successfully reducing restrictive interventions in neurobehavioural rehabilitation; and in 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice’ from the British Psychological Society, an annual mid-to-late career honour, recognising his outstanding and lasting contribution to neurobehavioural rehabilitation.

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Dr Anastasya Shepherd Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Lead at the Colman Hospital, Norwich

Anastasya has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychology Lead at the Colman Hospital, Level 1 Neurorehabilitation Service in Norwich since 2020. Prior to this, Anastasya was Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Psychologist at Cygnet Health Care.


Anastasya completed her undergraduate education in 1995 at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining a BA in Psychology. In 2000 she was awarded a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Anastasya completed an Internship program at the University of California Center on Deafness, San Francisco and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco.


Anastasya’s Areas of Expertise

Neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment for adults and seniors, including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning for people with complex cognitive and emotional problems, difficulties with memory, attention, concentration, learning and adaptation.

  • Rehabilitation planning after traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other insults to the brain.

Individual psychotherapy with adults and seniors, including:

  • Adjustment Difficulties

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relational issues

  • Post-traumatic phenomena.

  • Adaptation to traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and age-related cognitive changes.

Training, supervision and consultation in neuropsychology and cross-cultural assessment.

Anastasya provides all services in English and Russian.

Professional Affiliations: National Academy of Neuropsychology

Anastasya’s website with more information is:

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Huw Green is a clinical psychologist in neuropsychology at Addenbrookes, Cambridge. He specialises in acute assessment and rehab in acquired brain injury.

Dr Huw Green
Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Fiona Box
Registered Mental Health Nurse, Hospital Director, St Neots Neurological Centre

Fiona Box qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in October 1996. She started her career as a newly qualified Nurse within the neuropsychiatry service at St Andrew’s Healthcare. She remained within the neuropsychiatry service for 12 years. Fiona worked in a number of different roles within a variety of neurological settings working her way from a Staff Nurse post through to Ward Manager. Each of the services provided a unique clinical service working with people’s varying levels of acuity and dependency. Fiona then moved into working within the forensic older adults’ service, developing services as well as acquiring further skills and knowledge of working with progressive neurological disorders. Here, she assisted in supporting and setting up a low secure female older adult service. Fiona then had the opportunity to set up and develop the new medium secure autism service and over three years was able to establish the service and develop its reputation in providing a tailored service for adults with autism. Following this, Fiona continued to support service development in her roles as a Lead Nurse and Modern Matron as well as being an accredited RAID Tutor.


In April 2017 Fiona joined Elysium Healthcare working to improve and develop an acquired brain injury rehabilitation service within Badby Park in Daventry as a Service Lead prior to being appointed to the role of Hospital Director at St Neots Neurological Centre in June 2020.

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Dr Sirous Mobini
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist,
St Neots Neurological Centre

Dr Sirous Mobini is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of East Anglia. He completed his postgraduate training in Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow and is on the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Division of Neuropsychology, British Psychological Society (SRCN). He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an accredited CBT therapist with BABCP. He also completed Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Civil Expert Certification (CUBS).


Dr Mobini has worked in mental health and neurorehabilitation services within the NHS and private/independent organisations in inpatient, community and outpatient settings. He has published his research extensively in peer reviewed journals and presented his research data in conferences and seminars both nationally and internationally. His research interests include neuropsychological rehabilitation for people with brain injury and developing psychological therapies for people with impulse control problems.


As a researcher and academic, Dr Mobini has worked in various UK universities (Birmingham, Sussex, University of East Anglia, and University College London) and as a Senior Lecture at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is currently a Conjoint Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also Sessional Academic in Clinical Neuropsychology Course at the Canterbury Christ Church University. 

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Dr Greg Dean. Brain Injury Survivor. A Ph.D. qualified scientist with 25 years Research and Development experience, working latterly for 15+ years in Astra Zeneca's Biologics Medicine Unit. That came to an end in January 2015 post a sub-arachnoid brain haemorrhage. Now using that experience to raise awareness and improve the lives of those impacted by brain injury. Currently trustee with “Lived Life Experience” for Headway Cambridgeshire, guest lecturer for Arden University, clinical trials patient advocate and involved in a number of different brain injury related research projects.

Dr Greg Dean
Scientist, Trustee with Lived Experience: Headway Cambs, Arden University guest lecturer, ABI Survivor
Dr Fergus Gracey
Prof Nick Alderman
Dr Anastasya Shepherd
Dr Huw Green
Fiona Box
Dr Greg Dean

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