Staff profile

Professor Simon F

Professor Simon F Crowe


College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, Room 261, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BBSc Hons, BSc., MSc, PhD L TU, Grad Dip Bus.



Membership of professional associations


Area of study


Brief profile

Simon Crowe is Professor of Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the Chair of the Academic Board of La Trobe University (2012-2014) and was Vice President of the Board for 2010-2011.From 2000 to 2007 he was the Head of the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University, and in 2005 he was the Chair of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology in Australia. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (USA), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He is a College member (APS) and endorsed specialist (Psychologist Board of Australia: PsyBA) in Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology. He is a member of the APS, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and the Australian and New Zealand Association for the study of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. He was President (2010-2012) of the Australian Psychological Society, and was Vice President and Director of the APS from 2006-2009. He was also president of the Alcohol Related Brain Injury Assessment and Support Service (ARBIAS) from 1995-1999 and was Vice President from 1993-1994. He was awarded life membership of ARBIAS for his contribution in 2000. He was the recipient of the Award of Distinction of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists in 2008 in recognition of “the importance and significance” of his contribution to his specialist field and was awarded the David Myers medal by La Trobe University in 1984 as the top honours graduate. He was the Chief Examiner for the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority for Year 12 Psychology 2002-2005.

Research activities

  • Biological basis of memory formation: The focus of this research since has been to study the biological and psychological processes involved in memory consolidation and reconsolidation, mostly using the day-old chick as subject.
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders: These studies centre on the theme of the compromise in language and other neuropsychological functions as a result of neuropsychiatric disorder.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Crowe takes his role as a research supervisor very seriously and considers this a crucial aspect of his role as a researcher. He has successfully supervised 10 PhDs, 27 DPsychs, 21 Masters degrees (both coursework and research) and 36 Honours projects. He has been the Editor of the Journal Australian Psychologist (2000-2005), and was an Associate editor of the Journal from 1994-2000. He was Associate Editor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law from 1994-2008. He has been a member of the panel determining the recipient of the Menzies Allied Health Sciences Scholarship for the last 5 years.  

Holding Positions in Professional Organisations

  • Chair, College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Australian Psychological Society, 2013-
  • Board Member, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), 2012-
  • President, Australian Psychological Society, 2010-2012
  • Vice President and Director, Australian Psychological Society, 2006-2007; 2008-2009.
  • Member of Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, 2006-2007; 2009-2010; 2012-
  • Chair, Science, Academia and Research Advisory Group, Australian Psychological Society, 2008-2010.
  • Member Education and Training Reference Group (ETRG) APS, 2008-2009; 2011-2012.
  • Co-chair Science and Research Advisory Group, Australian Psychological Society, 2007.
  • Director of Science, Australian Psychological Society Board of Directors, 2006.
  • Chair, Heads of Department and Schools of Psychology Australia (HODSPA), 2005.

The Exercise of Professional Skill

  • Private practice in clinical neuropsychology focussing on medico-legal aspects of acquired brain injury and the neuropsychology of psychiatric disorders, 1990-2014.
  • Consultant Neuropsychologist, Western Hospitals, Footscray and Sunshine, 1991-1997
  • Independent Assessor (Section 112) Victorian Work Cover Authority, 1994-2014.  

 The exercies of professional skill in a way that contributes to community life

  • Member, Committee convened to undertake a review of the Neuropsychological Service at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, 2002-2004.
  • Chief examiner, VCE Psychology: 2003-2004;
  • Panel member VCE Psychology Examination, 2005.
  • Vetter, VCE Psychology Examinations, 2002.
  • Member of expert Panel to review the VCE Psychology Curriculum, 2002-2003. ·
  • President: Alcohol Related Brain Injury Assessment and Support Service (ARBIAS): 1994-1999.
  • Vice-President: ARBIAS: 1993-1994.
  • Committee Member: ARBIAS: 1992-1994.  

Other awards and recognition

  • Recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award, Australian Psychological Society, 2013.
  • Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology (USA), 2011.
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), 2010.
  • Award of Distinction, Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, 2008.
  • Honorary Fellow, Australian Psychological Society, 2015
  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society, 2003.
  • Life member, Alcohol Related Brain Injury Assessment and Support Service (ARBIAS), 2014.
  • Winner D.M. Myers Medal (recognition as top Honours graduate): 1984.
  • Winner Australian Psychological Society Prize: 1984. 
  • Registered as a psychologist under the Victorian Psychologists Registration Act (Number 2006): 1987-2010.
  • Registered as a psychologist under the Psychologists Board of Australia: 2011-2013 (Number PSY00011186861): Endorsed areas of Practice; Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology.
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society: 1986-2014.
  • Member APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists: 1987-2014.
  • Member APS College of Forensic Psychologists: 1998-2014.
  • Member APS College of Clinical Psychologists: 2008-2014.
  • Member Society for Neuroscience (USA) 2004-2014.
  • Member International Neuropsychological Society: 1991-2014.
  • Member National Academy of Neuropsychology (USA) 1999-2014.
  • Member International Behavioral Neuroscience Society: 1993-2014.
  • Member Australian and New Zealand Association for the Study of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: 1991-2014.
  • Member Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment: 1987-2014.  

Editorial and other Research-Related Activities

  • Associate Editor, Australian Psychologist, 2013-
  • Editor: Australian Psychologist: 2001-2005.
  • Associate Editor: Australian Psychologist: 1994-2000.
  • Editorial Consultant: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: 1994-2007.
  • Member NH&MRC Review Panel, 5j Psychiatry and Psychology, 2006.
  • Member: Expert Medical Reference Panel, Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders; beyondblue: The national depression initiative, 2002-2013.

Teaching units

Professor Crowe takes his role as a teacher very seriously. He has attended many sessions provided by the Academic Development Unit at La Trobe on various aspects of lecturing, assessing and supervising as well as having read extensively on these topics. In 2013 Professor Crowe was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award by the Australian Psychological Society for his contribtuon as a psychological educator thoughout his career.

During all of his time at La Trobe Professor Crowe has presented lectures, seminars, design and supervision of practical classes and tutorials and administrative responsibility for teaching including input at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Masters and Doctor of Psychology levels  on topics in the areas of his research strength.


Professor Crowe also undertakes clinical neuropsychology assessments in his private consultancy. This work involves undertaking cognitive and emotional assessment of clients with workplace injuries.

Recent publications

Recent Papers:

Treeby, M., Prado, C., Rice, S., & Crowe, S.F. (in press). Shame, guilt, and facial emotion processing: Initial evidence for a positive relationship between guilt-proneness and facial emotion recognition ability. Cognition and Emotion, (accepted 9th July, 2015).

Stephenson, N.E. & Crowe, S.F. (in press). Statin use, ageing, and cognition: A review. Australian Psychologist, (accepted 8th February, 2015).

Crowe, S.F. & Samartgis, J.R. (2015). ERA 2012 versus ERA 2010: Like the curate’s egg…good in parts. Australian Psychologist, 50(3), 186–193. DOI:10.1111/ap.12117

Crowe, S.F. (2015). Assessing the neurocognitive disorders of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition). Australian Psychologist, 50(1), 1-5. DOI: 10.1111/ap.12104

Prado, C.E., Treeby, M.S. & Crowe, S.F. (2015). Examining relationships between facial emotion recognition, self-control, and psychopathic traits in a non-clinical sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 80, 22-27. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.013

Stranks, E., & Crowe, S.F. (2014). The acute cognitive effects of Zopiclone, Zolpidem, Zaleplon and Eszopiclone: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(7), 691-700. DOI:10.1080/13803395.2014.925094

Des Fosses, M., Meadows, H., Jackson & Crowe, S.F. (2014).The relationship between neuropsychological functioning and mental health outcomes of chronic alcohol users involved in counselling: prediction of treatment outcome. Australian Psychologist, 49(5), 287-296. DOI: 10.1111/ap.12071

Harry, A., & Crowe, S.F. (2014). Is the Boston Naming Test still fit for purpose? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3), 486-504.  DOI:10.1080/13854046.2014.892155

Campbell, J., Samartgis, J.R., & Crowe, S.F. (2013). Impaired decision making on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task as a result of long-term alcohol use.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35(10), 1071-1081. DOI:10.1080/13803395.2013.856382

Fitzpatrick, L., & Crowe, S.F. (2013). Cognitive and emotional deficits in chronic alcoholics: a role for the cerebellum? Cerebellum,12, 520–533. DOI 10.1007/s12311-013-0461-3

Crowe, S.F., & Crowe, L.M. (2013). Does the presence of post-traumatic anosmia mean that you will be disinhibited?  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35(3), 298-308.

Dridan, B., Ong, B., Lloyd, S., Evans, L., & Crowe, S.F. (2013). The Simple Copy Task: Detecting higher order visual processing deficits in schizophrenia, dementia, and movement disorder groups. Australian Psychologist, 48(2), 98-109.

Wilson, D.L., Barnes, M., Ellett, L., Permezel, M., Jackson, M., & Crowe, S.F. (2013). Reduced verbal memory retention is unrelated to sleep disturbance during pregnancy. Australian Psychologist, 48(3), 196-208.

Recent Books:

Crowe, S.F (2010). Evidence of absence: A guide to cognitive assessment in Australia. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

Crowe, S.F. (2008). The behavioural and emotional complications of traumatic brain injury. New York: Psychology Press. 

Recent Book Chapters:  

Crowe, S.F. (2014). Chapter 68. Forensic neuropsychology. In I. Freckelton and H. Selby (Eds). Expert evidence (p. 68:1051-68:13072; Update Number 52). Sydney, NSW: Thomson Reuters.