Dr Matt Richardson is a clinical psychologist / neuropsychologist working at the ISIS Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand (a regional neurorehabilitation unit), in a full-time clinical post.
He was born and trained in the UK, gaining his Bachelor’s psychology degree from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), and his clinical doctorate at University College London (2001). He moved to New Zealand in 2008, and soon started working with patients with functional neurological symptoms for the first time. He quickly became disenchanted with somatisation/conversion explanations, and devised a new treatment in 2011, which achieved full symptom remission in all of the initial patients that he used it with. He went on to publish the subsequent consecutive case series, which achieved 93% full remission of a range of functional neurological symptoms.
Since publication in early 2018, he has been training others in his treatment protocol, now named Nocebo Hypothesis Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NH-CBT) including an extensive workshop at the Australian College of Clinical Neuropsychologists’ annual conference, as well as multiple national workshops in all major New Zealand cities.
He also practices sports psychology, and currently works with New Zealand #1’s in two different sports, including golfer Ryan Fox.
Brett Langley completed his PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Auckland. After postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School in Boston, he joined the Faculty of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, becoming an Associate Professor, the Director of Neural Epigenetics, and the Director of Preclinical Traumatic Brain Injury. He is now an Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at the University of Waikato.
Brett’s research is focused on understanding the molecular events that determine a neuron’s fate following injury or during disease, and ultimately, whether they can be modulated therapeutically to promote better outcomes in patients. A part of this research focuses on the degeneration and regeneration of a neuron’s axon. He investigates epigenetic and protein post-translational modifications that establish an axon’s stability, intrinsic growth rate, and its response to extrinsic negative growth cues in both central and peripheral nervous systems. The other part of Brett’s research focuses on neuronal DNA damage as a consequence of injury or neurodegenerative disease and how to engage mechanisms of DNA repair to facilitate survival. Together these studies move from genes and molecules, to cells, to animals, and eventually humans.
Consultant neuroradiologist at Waikato Hospital New Zealand, also working at two private imaging practices, Midland MRI and Hamilton Radiology. Current research interests include Spectral CT in stroke imaging and iodine concentration in squamous cell nodal disease of the head and neck.
In his spare time, he is an avid hiker/tramper, loves the outdoors including landscape photography, and is a part time conservationist developing an extensive area of native tree planting along the Mangaone gully in Tamahere, New Zealand.
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