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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Robyn Westmacott, PhD, C. Psych

The Hospital for Sick Children
Psychologist
Psychology

Research Institute
Project Director
Neurosciences & Mental Health

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Paediatrics

Assistant Professor
Neurology


Phone: 416-813-6376
Fax: 416-813-8839
Email: robyn.westmacott@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology (Brain & Behaviour) from The University of Toronto in 2002 under the supervision of Morris Moscovitch. I went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Stroke Program at Toronto Western Hospital, where I was supervised in clinical and research activities by Mary Pat McAndrews. My training in paediatric neuropsychology was obtained at The Hospital for Sick Children as a Ph.D. practicum student (with Virginia Frisk) and as a post-doctoral fellow (with Mary Lou Smith).

In January 2005, I took on my current position at SickKids as the neuropsychologist with the Children’s Stroke Program. I am very fortunate to work with an interdisciplinary team of dedicated professionals who strive to advance our understanding of paediatric stroke and to set standards for quality patient care.

Clinical Care Activities

  • Assessment of cognitive, academic and socioemotional functioning in children with a history of stroke
  • Consultation with parents, educators, stroke team members, and other health care professionals regarding academic planning and intervention
  • Advocating for patients and families within the school system.

Research Interests

  • Developmental neuropsychology
  • Cognitive development following stroke in infants and children
  • Identifying predictors of cognitive and behavioural outcome in children with stroke
  • Functional MRI to investigate recovery and reorganization of function following stroke

Publications

Westmacott, R., McAndrews, M.P., and Silver, F. (2006). Altered Effective Connectivity Within Language Networks Following Left Hemisphere Stroke. The Rotman Research Institute Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2006.

Westmacott, R., McAndrews, M.P., and Silver, F. (2006). An fMRI study of post-stroke language recovery. The American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference, Florida, February 2006.

Moscovitch, M., Rosenbaum, S.R., Gilboa, A., Addis, D.R., Westmacott, R.,Grady, C., McAndrews, M.P., Levine, B., Black, S.E., Winocur, G., and Nadel, L. (2005). Functional neuroanatomy of remote episodic, semantic and spatial memory: A unified account based on multiple trace theory. Journal of Anatomy, 207, 35-66.

Rosenbaum, R.S., Köhler, S., Schacter, D.L., Moscovitch, M., Westmacott, R., Black, S.E., Gao, F., and Tulving, E. (2005). The Case of KC: Contributions of a Memory-Impaired Person to Memory Theory. Neuropsychologia, 43, 989-1021.

Westmacott, R., Freedman, M., Black, S.E., Stokes, K., and Moscovitch, M. (2004). Temporally-graded semantic memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease: Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 21, 353-378.

Westmacott, R., Black, S.E., Freedman, M., and Moscovitch, M. (2003). The contribution of autobiographical experience to semantic memory: Evidence from Alzheimer’s disease, semantic dementia and amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 42, 25-48.

Westmacott, R., and Moscovitch, M. (2003). The contribution of autobiographical experience to semantic memory. Memory and Cognition, 31, 761-774.

Westmacott, R. and Moscovitch, M. (2002). Temporally-graded retrograde memory loss for famous names and vocabulary terms in amnesia and semantic dementia: Further evidence for opposite gradients using implicit memory tests. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 19, 135- 163.

Westmacott, R. and Moscovitch, M. (2001). Names and words without meaning: Incidental post-morbid semantic learning in a person with extensive bilateral hippocampal damage. Neuropsychology, 15, 568-596.

Westmacott, R. Leach, L., Freedman, M., & Moscovitch, M. (2001). Different patterns of autobiographical memory loss in semantic dementia and medial temporal lobe amnesia: A challenge to consolidation theory. Neurocase, 7, 37-55.