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Dawn Good
Associate Professor, Ph.D. (McMaster)

Office: MC B308
Phone: (905)688-5550 ext.3869
e-mail: Dawn.Good@brocku.ca

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cognitive neuropsychology
- amnesia,traumatic brain injury in children and adults, Alzheimer's disease
- attention, encoding and retrieval mechanisms (implicit learning and memory)
-executive function, social and emotional interpretation associated with frontal lobe function
- cognitive strategies for individuals with acquired brain injury in social, community and educational settings
Physiological
- physiological basis of memory and cognition
- functional role of prefrontal structures and their influence on subcortical structures and behaviour

My research interests focus on understanding the processing constraints involved in cognition, reasoning, and memory ability and how it impacts community living and daily function and how these abilities may be preserved, compensated, and/or mimicked in neurologically compromised individuals.

With the goal of improving currently inadequate indices of cognitive reasoning and executive function, especially with respect to how it influences applied, practical and functional abilities (e.g. predictors for driving safety, social competency and development of relationships, ability to live independently and successfully in the community, discriminating neuropsychological signals for psychosocial versus neurologic/organic bases for behavioural dyscontrol, research focuses on identifying predictors and neuropsychological correlates of every day functional skills and demands.

In addition, my research is focused on understanding the current education base of professionals who work with individuals who have neurological compromise in practical settings - educational system, rehabilitation settings, community integration, and then identifying strategies and the means of applying these techniques to improve the ability for professionals to more successfully address the needs and required services of persons with neurological challenges.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Books Authored:

Good, D., Bennett, S., & Kumpf (2004). Formation des enseignants sur les lesion cerebrales acquises: Manuel de resource. Brock University and Ontario Brain Injury Association.

Good, D., Bennett, S., & Kumpf (2004). Educating educators about Acquired Brain Injury: Resource manual. Brock University and Ontario Brain Injury Association.

Papers in refereed journals:

St. Cyr, J., & Good, D. (in press). Memory Performance as a Function of Anxiety in Individuals with and without Mild Head Injury. Brain and Cognition.

Zinga, D., Bennett, S., Good, D., & Kumpf (2005). Acquired brain injury in the Canadian Education System. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 43, 1-23.

Zinga, D., Bennett, S., Good D., & Kumpf, J. (2004). Educating Educators about Acquired Brain Injury. Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 10, 159-163.

Bennett, S., Good D., & Zinga D. (2003). Educating Educators about Acquired Brain Injury. Ontario Council of Administrators of Special Education Newsletter, Issue 4, Fall, 3.

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Dzioundziak, A., & Good, D. (November 2008). Mild Head Injury, executive function and behavioural dyscontrol. ABI Network Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

DeBono, T., & Good, D. (November 2008). Mild Head Injury: A predictor of antisocial behaviour. ABI Network Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Cyr, J., & Good, D. (November 2008). Investigating the effects of arousal state on cognitive performance. ABI Network Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

DeBono, T., & Good, D. (June 2008). Mild Head Injury and executive function as predictors of reactive aggression. 69th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

Dzioundziak, A., & Good, D. (June 2008). Mild Head Injury and frontal lobe dysfunction as predicators of disinhibition. 69th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

Wlodarczyk, K., & Good, D. (June 2008). The effects of cortisol and testosterone on anticipatory responses and locus of control in firefighters. 69th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

Seniuk, H., & Good, D. (June 2008). Student’s knowledge of ABI: The effectiveness of an educational training program. 69th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

Bennett, S., & Good, D, & Zinga, D. (2007). Acquired Brain Injury and Co-morbidities. Paper submitted for presentation at 51st Annual Ontario Provincial Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Toronto, Ontario.

Jung, Y., & Good, D. (2007). The effects of Mild Head Injury and Induced Stress on Cognitive Performance. 68th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

St. Cyr, J., & Good, D. (2007). Memory Performance as a Function of Stressors in Individuals with and without Mild Head Injury. 68th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

Good, D., Bennett, S., Zinga, D., McQueen-Fuentes, G., & Kumpf, J. (2007). 20th Anniversary Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference; Improving Outcomes of Paedatric Brain Injury Through Education and Awareness; Workshop Presentation; Vancouver, British Columbia; February 15-17, 2007.

Good, D., Bennett, S., Zinga, D., & Kumpf, J. (2007). 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education; Acquired Brain Injury: Classroom Strategies; Workshop Presentation; Honolulu, Hawaii; January 6-9, 2007.

Bennett, S., Zinga D., Good, D, & Kumpf, J. (November 2006). Working with Students with Acquired Brain Injury. Paper for presentation at 50th Annual Ontario Provincial Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Good, D, Bennett S., Zinga, D. & Kumpf, J. (October, 2006). What If He’s Not Just Bad?: Brain Injury, The Invisible Disability. Presentation at the 8th International Child and Youth Care Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Bennett, S., Good, D., Kumpf, J., Zinga D., & Loyst, S. (October, 2005). Council for Exceptional Children: 49th Annual Provincial Conference, Council for Exceptional Children, “Effective Strategies for working with Students with ABI” Sudbury, October 2005.

Good, D., Bennett, S., Zinga, D., & Kumpf, J. Working with students who have Acquired Brain Injury. – presentation at the Ontario Provincial Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, November, 2004, Ottawa.

Good, Bennett, S., & Kumpf, J. Using the tools of the trade: Equipping educators to work with students with Acquired Brain Injury. –presentation at the Acquired Brain Injury Network Conference, November, 2004, Toronto.

Bennett, S., & Good, D. (2004). Dealing with problem behaviours in students with Acquired Brain Injury. – paper presented at the 4th Canadian Conference on Children with Behavioural Disorders (Prevention – Source and Solutions), Quebec City, May 2004.

 

 


 

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