Dr Carmela Pestell - Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist
Book Chapters
Hayward, L.D., Zubrick, S.R., & Connor, C. (1996). The Application of Neuropsychological Theory and Practice in Clinical Settings. In P.R. Martin & J.S. Birnbrauer (Eds). The Practice of Clinical Psychology. Melbourne: Australian Psychological Society.
Connor, C., & Bowyer, C. (2008) Dying with Dignity: A Psychological Perspective. In Dying with Dignity in Neurodegenerative Disorders. (Ed. P. Panegyres). Quality Press: Australia.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Allanson, F., Pestell, C., Gignac, G., Yong, Y., & Weinborn, M. (2017). Cognitive Predictors of Outcome Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults: A Meta-Analytic Regression. Neuropsychology Review. DOI10.1007/s11065-017-9353-5'

Bower, C., Watkins, R.E., Mutch, R.C., Marriot, R., Freeman, J., Kippin, N., Safe, B., Pestell, C. et al. (2018). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia. British Medical Journal, 8(2):e019605. DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019605

Connor, S., Pestell, C. & Fitzpatrick JP. (2019). FASD: A Case Study. Check – Independent learning journal for General Practitioners.

Connor, C., & Foster, J.K. (2005) A comparison of three memory tests of biased responding to detect sub-optimal effort in a litigating and non-litigating clinical population. Australian Journal of Psychology 57: 9-9 Suppl. S.

Connor, S., Tan, K. Y., Pestell, C. F., & Fitzpatrick, J. P. (2020). The Demographic and Neurocognitive Profile of Clients diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in PATCHES Paediatrics clinics across Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. doi:10.1111/acer.14345 

Davies, S. R., Field, A. R., Andersen, T., & Pestell, C. (2011). The ecological validity of the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure: predicting everyday problems in children with neuropsychological disorders. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol, 33(7), 820-831. doi:10.1080/13803395.2011.574608.

Fairjones, S. E., Vuletich, E. J., Pestell, C., & Panegyres, P. K. (2011). Exploring the role of cognitive reserve in early-onset dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen, 26(2), 139-144. doi:10.1177/1533317510397328
Fitzpatrick, J.P., & Pestell, C. (2017). Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology, 3(1), 38-52. doi: 10.1007/s40817-016-0018-8

Green DJ, Cox KL, Badcock JC, Ainslie PN, Pestell C, Maslen BA and Lautenschlager NT. Does manipulation of arterial shear stress enhance cerebrovascular function and cognition in the aging brain? Design, rationale and recruitment for the PREVENTIA randomised clinical trial. Mental Health and Physical Activity (2018), 15, 153-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.10.005

Gozt, A., Licari, M., Halstrom, A., Milbourn, H., Lydiard, S., Black, A., . . . Fitzgerald, M. (2020). Towards the Development of an Integrative, Evidence-Based Suite of Indicators for the Prediction of Outcome Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Results from a Pilot Study. Brain Sci, 10(1). doi:10.3390/brainsci10010023

Mancini, V. O., Rudaizky, D., Pearcy, B. T. D., Marriner, A., Pestell, C. F., Gomez, R., . . . Chen, W. (2019). Factor structure of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) in those with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Sleep Medicine: X, 1. doi:10.1016/j.sleepx.2019.100006

Marriner, A., Pestell, C., & Bucks, R. (2015). Confirmatory Factor Analysis Of The Sleep Disturbance Scale For Children (sdsc) In A Clinical Sample Of Children And Adolescents. Sleep & Biological Rhythms, 13, 28.
Marriner, A., Pestell, C., Bayliss, D., McCann, M. & Bucks, R. (2017). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) in a Clinical Sample of Children and Adolescents. Journal of Sleep Research. 26 (5),  doi: 10.1111/jsr.12526

Mazzella, C., Durkin, K., Cerini, E., & Buralli, P. (1992). Sex Role Stereotyping in Australian Television Advertisements. Sex Roles26, 243-259. doi:10.1007/BF00289910

McCann, M., Bayliss, D.M., Pestell, C., Hill, C.M., & Bucks, R.S. (2016). The relationship between sleep and working memory in children with neurological conditions, Child Neuropsychology, 24:3, 304-321, DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2016.1231298

McMillan, S. G., Rees, C. S., & Pestell, C. (2013). An investigation of executive functioning, attention and working memory in compulsive hoarding. Behav Cogn Psychother, 41(5), 610-625. doi:10.1017/S1352465812000835.

Nankoo A., Palermo, R., Jason, B., Pestell, C. (2018). Examining the Rate of Self-Reported ADHD-Related Traits and Endorsement of Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Autistic-Like Traits in Australian University Students. Journal of Attention Disorders, DOI10.1177/1087054718758901

Naylor, L. H., Maslen, B. A., Cox, K. L., Spence, A. L., Robey, E., Haynes, A., . . . Green, D. J. (2020). Land- versus water-walking interventions in older adults: Effects on body composition. J Sci Med Sport, 23(2), 164-170. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2019.08.019

Passmore, H.M., Giglia, R., Watkins, R.E., Mutch, R.C., Pestell, C. et.al (2016). Study protocol for screening and diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia. British Medical Journal, 6:6, e012184. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012184

Panegyres, P., Foster, J., Fallon., M.,& Connor, C. (2010). The amnesic syndrome of Primary Whipple Disease of the Brain. Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, 23(1), 49-51. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181bf2d39
Panegyres PK, Goldblatt J, Walpole I, Connor C., Liebeck T, Harrop K (2001). Gene testing for Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia Review Series. Genetics in Dementia, 31, 16-17.
Panegyres, P., Davies, S., & Connor, C. (2000). Early onset dementia. The Medical Journal of Australia, 173 (5), 279-280. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11130362
Panegyres, P. K., Goldblatt, J., Walpole, I., Connor, C., Liebeck, T., & Harrop, K. (2000). Genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease. Med J Aust, 172(7), 339-343. PMID:10844923.
Watson, P. A., Gignac, G. E., Weinborn, M., Green, S., & Pestell, C.F. (2020). A Meta-Analysis of Neuropsychological Predictors of Outcome Following Stroke and Other Non-Traumatic Acquired Brain Injuries in Adults. Neuropsychol Rev. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11065-020-09433-9

Wedderburn. S., Panegyres. P.K., Andrew. S., Goldblatt, J., Liebeck, T., McGrath, F., Wiltshire, M., Pestell, C., Lee, J., & Beilby, J. (2013). An experience with predictive gene testing for HD and other neurodegenerative disorders.  International Medical Journal, 43 (12), 1272-1279. doi: 10.1111/imj.12176.
Yeo, Y. X., Pestell, C. F., Bucks, R. S., Allanson, F., & Weinborn, M. (2019). Metacognitive knowledge and functional outcomes in adults with acquired brain injury: A meta-analysis. Neuropsychol Rehabil, 1-26. doi:10.1080/09602011.2019.1704421

Non-peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Connor, C., Elliott, K., McGrath, F., Panegyres, PK. (2000). A case study of a young adult with dementia: cortico-basal ganglionic degeneration. Connect, 5, 17.
Connor, C., & Hayward, L. (2000). Adverse events following predictive testing in Western Australia. Connect. Mental Health Matters in Western Australia. Organic Mental Disorders, 5 (1), 20-21.
Connor, C. (1999). Predictive Gene Testing: Are we Opening Pandora’s Box?Contact. Australian HD Association (Inc.) WA Newsletter. 2 (2). 

Ohan, J. L., Sng A., Russell-Smith, S., Maybery, M., Pestell, C., Whitehouse, A., MacLeod, C., Mazzucchelli, T., & Egan. S. (2016). Autism, anxiety and school functioning. Improving school functioning by reducing anxiety for children on the spectrum. Brisbane: Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

Pestell, C., & Paul, A. (2015). Assessment of capacity in young offenders. InPsych, 37 (4), 17.
Published abstracts
Foster, J.K., Pestell, C., Panegyres, P., Wenjing, L., Mills, J., Long, J., & Paulsen, J. Emotion recognition in premanifest Huntington's Disease. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Adelaide, SA, Nov 2014.

Panegyres, P., Tedesco, M., & Pestell, C. Predict HD: A Decade of observation. Proceedings of the National Huntington’s Conference, Embracing Opportunities. University of WA, Perth, Sep 2014.
Wojnarowska, G., Pyszora, N., & Pestell, C. (2012) My brain is making up new memories: A case study of a sex offender with temporal lobe epilepsy and organic psychosis. Proceedings of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry l The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2012 Conference. Hong Kong. 6 September, 2012.
Butun, S. & Pestell, C. (2011) CAHDS: A State-wide ADHD Clinic. Proceedings of the Boom and Bust-Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference. Newman, WA. August, 2011.
Pestell, C., Butun, S., James, J., & Millman, F. Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A WA Perspective. Proceedings of the Growing up Solid Conference. Integrating emotional and mental health throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Australian Association for Infant Mental Health. Perth, WA. 14 May 2011.
Tucker, A. & Pestell, C (2010). The neuropsychological sequelae of maltreatment trauma in childhood: implications for clinical understanding and interventions across the lifespan. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Fremantle, WA.
Tucker, A, Schirmer, L., Ruvceska, V., Pestell, C. (2010)    Cognitive Functioning of Children and Adolescents After Abuse and Neglect: A Neuropsychological Research Programme. Proceedings of the International Congress Applied Psychology Symposium. Melbourne, Victoria.
Connor, C. & McGrath, F.  (2010). The Potential Impact of HD on Indigenous Populations: An emerging challenge for mental health services. THEMHS 2009 Conference Book of Proceedings: Your Family Your Community Your Mental Health. Perth, WA.
Panegyres, P., Casella, A., Crawford, A., & Connor, C. (2000). Beneficial effects of Donepezil on health-related quality of life and caregiver perception of patient social interaction and activity in Alzheimer’s disease: preliminary findings from the Australian subset of a global clinical experience study. World Alzheimer's Meeting.
Panegyres, P., Davies, S., & Connor, C. (1999). Dementia in young adults: clinical observations in 100 consecutive patients. Proceedings of the Australian Neurology Association, Hobart Conference. Hobart, Australia.
Mazzella, C. (1993). The Neuropsychology of HD. Proceedings of the Australian HD Association (WA) Conference, Perth, WA.
Poster Presentations
Allanson, F., Weinborn, M., Gignac, G. &  Pestell, C. The Relationship Between Cognition and Outcome Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults: A Meta-Analysis. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. 19-21 November 2015, Shoal Bay, Port Stephens NSW.

Marriner, A. M., & Bucks, R., & Pestell, C. Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) in a Clinical Sample of Children and Adolescents. Poster presented at Sleep DownUnder 2015 - Cycles Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Wiltshire, M., Pestell, C., Wedderburn, S., Panegyres, P.K., Andrew, S., Goldblatt, J., Liebeck, T., McGrath, F., Lee, J., & Beilby, J. Predictive Gene Testing for HD. 2013 World Congress on HD. Rio de Janeiro Brazil, September 15-18 2013.
Fairjones, SE., Vuletich, E.J., Panegyres, PK., & Connor, C. (2009). Investigating the role of cognitive reserve in early onset Alzheimer's Disease (AD) & Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Melbourne, Victoria.
Vuletich, E.J., Fairjones, SE., Panegyres, PK., & Connor, C. (2009). The relationship between symptoms and profiles of memory dysfunction in early onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Melbourne, Victoria.
Lee, J., Connor, C., et al. (2006) Olanzapine in the treatment of motor, behavioural and psychiatric symptoms in Huntington Disease. 'Of Mice and Men and More. An Update on the genetic and clinical aspects of HD' (4-5th of August 2006, Gold Coast Queensland). 
Connor, C., & Foster, J. (2004). A Comparison of the TOMM, Word Memory Test and the Amsterdam Short Term Memory Test to Detect Sub-Optimal Effort in a Litigating and Clinical Population. (Published Abstract). College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Annual Conference. 27 November, 2004. Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Connor, C., Hayward, L., & Richards, F. (1997). Psychosocial Consequences of Predictive Testing for HD. 17th International Meeting of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on HD, Sydney, NSW.
Connor, C., & Hayward, L. (1996). The Psychosocial Sequelae of Predictive Testing for HD. Human Genetics Society of Australasia, 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, South Australia.

Examples of other research projects/international trials

Neurotrauma Research Program grant: Fitzgerald, M., Fatovich, D., Pestell, C., Bynevelt, M., Licari, M., Robinson, S, & Xu D. Title: A validation study to predict poor outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury.     
2017-2020. J. Fitzpatrick. & C. Pestell. PATCHES Paediatrics/UWA. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)Diagnostic Services And Models of Care Grant Opportunity H1617G038. 

Assoc Prof M. Fitzgerald (CI), Prof D. Fatovich (AI) & Assoc Prof C. Pestell (AI). "Identification of biomarkers that correlate with clinical features and outcomes following concussion". Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research/Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) Grant, 2016. 

Prof Chen, W., Butun,S., Pestell C., (CI)., Bucks. R. "The effect of sleep problems on cognition in children with complex ADHD". Fremantle Hospital Research Awards/Medical Research Foundation, 2015. 

Prof. D.Green, Prof. N. Lautenschlager, A/ Prof. K. Cox, Prof. J. Badcock & Prof C. Pestell (CI). Does Manipulation of Arterial Shear Stress Enhance Cerebrovascular Function and Cognition in the Aging Brain. NHMRC Project Grants. APP1045204. 2012-2017. 

A/ Prof. J. Ohan (CI), A.Sung (CI), S. Russell-Smith (CI), Prof M. Maybery (CI), W/Prof A. Whitehouse (CI), W/Prof C. McLeod(CI), Prof C. Pestell. (CI), Dr T. Mazzucchelli,& Dr S. Egan (CI). Improving School Functioning by Reducing Anxiety in Children with ASD. Autism CRC Ltd

TCR Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Funding (NHMRC)Chief investigators: Winthrop Professor C. Bower, Professor R. Marriott, Dr R. Watkins, Dr R. Mutch. Associate Investigators: Prof Carmela Pestell, Dr S. Zubrick & Dr J. Fitzpatrick. (2014-2015). Project Title: Improving the Management of Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Justice System. NHMRC Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Grant. Amount Awarded: $1,442,637. Project ID Number:1072072 

Co-Investigator: Prof P.K Panegyres, M. Tedesco & Prof C. Pestell. The Neurobiological Predictors of Huntington’s Disease (Predict HD & Enrol HD) & Member of the International Huntington Disease Study Group.Neurosciences Unit. (From 2002 to 2017). The Predict HD & Enroll-HD research programme is a coordinated worldwide effort by approximately 45 Huntington Study Group (HSG) research centres to collect ongoing information from individuals who are affected by HD. The HSG is collecting this information in order to learn more about HD, potential treatments, and to plan future research studies of experimental drugs aimed at postponing the onset or slowing the progression of HD. Further information and publication derived from PREDICT-HD can be located at:https://www.predict-hd.net/content/publications-and-presentations

In 2011/12 Dr Pestell was the WA site Neuropsychologist for an international 'Cool Kids' research study clinical trial of moderate hypothermia as a treatment following severe traumatic brain injury in children as part of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium (PTBIC).
Dr Pestell was also the WA site Neuropsychologist for the HitBIC Hypothermia in Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Research Trial which operates in Australia and New Zealand. Hypothermia in Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Pilot Study (ClinicalTrials.gov Number NCT00282269). A multi-centre prospective randomised controlled trial of early prolonged hypothermia therapy in children with traumatic brain injury.  
Member of Steering Group: Project title: “The effects of environmental enrichment on clinical measures of disease progression and quality of life for patients with Huntington’s disease”.Edith Cowan University: School of Medical Sciences. 2009-2012. Australian Huntington Disease Association (Inc) WA,  Lotterywest Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $809,484.

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