Dr Robyn

Dr Robyn Stargatt

MSc(Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS

Senior Lecturer, Course Co-ordinator Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, room 466, Melbourne (Bundoora)





Membership of professional associations

College of Clinical Neuropsychology, College of Development and Educational Psychology

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Stargatt was appointed as Senior Lecturer & Research Co-ordinator in July 2006. This position straddles two campuses.

Duties at La Trobe University include teaching to Postgraduate Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology Programs; Supervision of Students with clinical case load, Supervision of PhD, Doctorate, Masters and Honours Research Projects; and development of independent research. Duties at Austin Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service include promotion of research and support of staff undertaking research, supervision of students on research placements and development of independent research.

Dr Stargatt also has an honorary position at the Australian Center for Child Neuropsychological Studies (ACCNS) at the Murdoch Children’s Research Centre (MCRI), Royal Parade, Parkville, VICTORIA in The Critical Care and Neurosciences Research Theme.

This Theme conducts research regarding the lives, health, quality of life and well being of babies and children with serious conditions requiring surgery and acute care. The ACCNS aims to understand brain behaviour relationships within a developmental context through the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary research initiatives. The ACCNS aims to develop and evaluate intervention programs that will enhance clinical practice and maximize medical, educational and psychosocial outcomes.

Prior to this recent appointment at La Trobe University she was as a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne where she had worked for the past 14 years. Dr Stargatt’s Primary responsibility there was neuropsychological assessment and management of paediatric in-patients and out-patients with a variety of presenting difficulties from general and specialist medical, neurosurgical and psychiatric units. Intervention included working with parents, families and schools of identified patients using a variety of psychological techniques.

Research interests

Clinical and health psychology

- Treatment for child and adolescent mental health disorders

Neuroscience and neuropsychology

- Child and Adolescent neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders

Teaching units

PSY5PNP Developmental Neuropsychology

PSY5NCC Neuropsypsychology Case Analysis

PSY5NPM Neuropsychological Models

PSY5PAX Neuropsychological Assessment

PSY5NBC Neurobiological and Clinical Disorders in Childhood


Consultation re design of clinical research

Recent publications

Stephanie Malarbi, Hisham Abu-Rayya, Frank Muscara & Robyn Stargatt, Neuropsychological Functioning of Childhood Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 72 (2017) 68–86. Sherwell, S. (La Trobe University), Reid, S. (Royal Children’s Hospital), Reddihough, DS. (MCRI), Ong, B. (La Trobe University), Wrennall, J. (Royal Children’s Hospital), Stargatt, R. (La Trobe University), “Cognitive function in children with Cerebral Palsy according to CP type.” Developmental Neuropsychology Submitted Feb 2016.

Andrew J Davidson, Nicola Disma, Jurgen C de Graaff, Davinia E Withington, Liam Dorris, Graham Bell, Robyn Stargatt, David C Bellinger,
Tibor Schuster, Sarah J Arnup, Pollyanna Hardy, Rodney W Hunt, Michael J Takagi, Gaia Giribaldi, Penelope L Hartmann, Ida Salvo, Neil S Morton, Britta S von Ungern Sternberg, Bruno Guido Locatelli, Niall Wilton, Anne Lynn, Joss J Thomas, David Polaner, Oliver Bagshaw, Peter Szmuk, Anthony R Absalom, Geoff Frawley, Charles Berde, Gillian D Ormond, Jacki Marmor, Mary Ellen McCann, for the GAS consortium. “Neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age after general anaesthesia and awake-regional anaesthesia in infancy (GAS): an international multicentre, randomised controlled trial”. The Lancet. Published Online: 24 October 2015. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00608-X

Malarbi, S., Muscara, F., Stargatt, R. 2015. “Cognitive Deficits and PTSD in Children: A Diagnostic Dilemma Illustrated through a Case Study” Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

Stephanie Malarbi, Robyn Stargatt, Frank Muscara, Hisham Abu-Rayya. Cognitive functioning of children exposed to trauma with and without post-traumatic stress symptoms: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PROSPERO 2014:CRD42014006873 Available from http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42014006873

Frawley G1, Bell G, Disma N, Withington DE, de Graaff JC, Morton NS, McCann ME, Arnup SJ, Bagshaw O, Wolfler A, Bellinger D, Davidson AJ; General Anesthesia compared to Spinal anesthesia (GAS) Consortium. “Predictors of Failure of Awake Regional Anesthesia for Neonatal Hernia Repair: Data from the General Anesthesia Compared to Spinal Anesthesia Study-Comparing Apnea and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes”. Anaesthesiology, 2015 May 14.

Kao, J, Zaccharin, M, Stargatt, R. "Adult Quality of Life and Psychosocial outcomes of childhood-onset hypopituitarism" Horm Res Paediatr. 2015;84(2):94-101. doi: 10.1159/000430863. Epub 2015 May 29

Andrew J. Davidson MD, Neil S. Morton MD, Sarah Arnup MBiostat,. Jurgen C. de Graaff PhD, Nicola Disma MD, Davinia E. Withington BM, Geoff Frawley MBBS, Rodney Hunt PhD, Pollyanna Hardy MSc, Magda Khotcholava MD, Britta von Ungern Sternberg PhD, Niall Wilton MBBS, Pietro Tuo MD, Ida Salvo MD, Gillian Ormond MSc, Robyn Stargatt PhD, Mary Ellen McCann MD “Apnoea after awake-regional and general anaesthesia in infants: the GAS study, a randomised controlled trial.” Anesthesiology. May 14, 2015. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000709.

Sarah Sherwell, Susan Reid, Dinah S Reddihough, Jacquie  Wrennall, Ben Ong, Robyn  Stargatt. (2014). “Measuring intellectual ability in children with cerebral palsy: can we do better?” Research in Developmental Disabilities. 07/2014; 35(10):2558-2567.

Melissa E. Duncombe, Sophie S. Havighurst, Kerry A. Holland, Emma J. Frankling  & Robyn Stargatt. (2014) “Comparing an Emotion- and a Behavior-Focused Parenting Program as Part of a Multsystemic Intervention for Child Conduct Problems” JCCAP DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.963855

Sophie S. Havighurst, Melissa Duncombe, Emma Frankling, Kerry Holland, Christiane Kehoe, Robyn Stargatt (2014) “An Emotion-Focused Early Intervention for Children with Emerging Conduct Problems” Journal Abnormal Child Psychology DOI 10.1007/s10802-014-9944-z

Cristina G Omizzolo, Deanne K Thompson, Shannon E Scratch, Robyn Stargatt, Terrie E Inder, Katherine Lee, Jeanie Cheong, Gehan Roberts, Lex W Doyle, Peter J Anderson. “Longitudinal growth and morphology of the hippocampus through childhood: Impact of prematurity and implications for memory and learning”. Human Brain Mapping 35:4129–4139 (2014)

Cristina Omizzolo, Shannon Scratch, Robyn Stargatt, Hiroyuki Kidokoro, Deanne K Thompson, Katherine Lee, Jeanie Cheong, Jeffrey Neil, Terrie E Inder, Lex W Doyle, Peter J Anderson (2014) “Neonatal Brain Abnormalities and Memory and Learning Outcomes at 7 Years in Children Born Very Preterm” Memory, 22:6,605-615, DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2013.809765) (IF =  2.503)

Cristina G Omizzolo, Deanne K Thompson, Shannon E Scratch, Robyn Stargatt, Terrie E Inder, Katherine Lee, Jeanie Cheong, Gehan Roberts, Lex W Doyle, Peter J Anderson (2014) “Hippocampal Volume and Memory and Learning outcomes at 7 Years in Children Born Very Preterm” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 19(10):1065-75, 2013 Nov (IF = 2.76).

Protocol 09PRT/9078: A multi-site randomised controlled trial to compare regional and general anaesthesia for effects on neurodevelopmental outcome and apnoea in infants: The GAS study (ACTRN12606000441516, NCT00756600)  (May 2012) The Lancet.com. www.thelancet.com/protocol-reviews/09PRT9078.  (IF = 33.79)

Papoutsis, J., Stargatt, R. & Catroppa, C. “The long-term impact of complicated and uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injury sustained in early childhood.” Developmental Neuropsychology (Accepted October 2014). (IF = 3.057)

Papoutsis, J., Stargatt, R. & Catroppa, C. “Mild TBI in early childhood impacts on reading skills.” Developmental Neuropsychology (Submitted Sep 2014) (IF = 3.057)

Andrew Chia, Ben Assan, Erin Finch, Robyn Stargatt, Barbara Woods, Catherine Coffey, Peter Burchell, Hayden Jones, Jane Heywood-Smith. (2012)  “Effectiveness of specialist adolescent outreach service for at-risk adolescents.” Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00654. (IF = 0.8) Phillips, N. Stargatt, R., & Brown, A.(2011) “Risk Assessment: Predicting physical aggression in adolescent inpatient units.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry  2012 46: 40-46. (IF = 2.939)

Phillips, N. Stargatt, R., & Fisher, L.,(2011) “Risk Assessment: Predicting physical aggression in child inpatient units.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry  45:638–645 (IF = 2.939)

Bell, L., Stargatt, R., Bosanac, P., Castle, D., Braitberg, G. & Coventry, N. (2011) “Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems and Substance Misuse Presentations to the Emergency Department in a Primary Health Care Hospital. Australasian Psychiatry Dec: 19(6) 521-525 (IF = 0.858)

Malarbi, S., Stargatt, R., Howard, K. and Davidson, A. [Australian Centre for Child  Neuropsychological Studies, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Anaesthesia Research Group, Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic., Australia.], 'Characterizing the behavior of children emerging with delirium from general anesthesia', Paediatric Anaesthesia 2011; vol.21(9), pp.942-50 (IF = 1.771)

Howard, K., Lo, E., Sheppard, S., Stargatt, R. and Davidson, A. 'Behavior and quality of life measures after anesthesia for tonsillectomy or ear tube insertion in children', Pediatric Anesthesia 2010; vol.20(10), pp.913-23 (IF = 1.771)

Crocker, J., Stargatt, R., Denton, C. 2010  “Prediction of Aggression in Child Inpatient Units.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.  May;44(5):443-9. (IF = 2.939) Phelan, L., Davidson, A.J., Stargatt, R. “Long-Term Posttraumatic Effects of Intraoperative Awareness in Children.” Pediatric Anesthesia 2009 Dec; 19(12):1152-6 (IF = 1.771)

Rachel Hutchens, Robyn Stargatt, Andrew J. Davidson 2009 “Sensitivity of the Word-Stem Completion Task as a Measure of Auditory Perceptual Priming in Children undergoing Surgery with General Anaesthesia.” Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 71-75.

Preamrudee Poomthavorn, Robyn Stargatt, Margaret Zacharin. (2009) Psychosexual and Psychosocial Functions in Young Adults with Anorchia. The Journal of Clinical Endcrinology & Metabolism. (IF = 6.2)

Andrew J Davidson, Suzette J Sheppard, Anneke L Engwerda, Aaron Wong, Lauren Phelan, Craig M Ironfield, Robyn Stargatt. (2008) Detecting Awareness in Children using an Auditory Intervention. Anesthesiology 109 (4) 619-24. (IF = 5.19)

Stargatt, R., Rosenfeld, JV., Maixner, W., Ashley D (2007) “Multiple factors contribute to neuropsychological outcome in children with posterior fossa tumours.”  Developmental Neuropsychology 32(2) 729-748 (IF = 3.057)

Stargatt R., Davidson, A.J., Huang, G.H., Czarnecki, C., Gibson, M.A., Stewart, S.A., & Jamsen, K. (2006). “A cohort study of the incidence and predictors of negative behaviour changes in children after general anaesthesia”. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 16(8):846-59, Aug

Stargatt, R., Rosenfeld, JV., Anderson,VA., Hassall, T., Maixner, W., Ashley D. (2006) “Intelligence and Adaptive Function in Children Diagnosed with Brain Tumor During Infancy’. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 80(3):295-303.

Davidson AJ, Shrivastiva P, Jamsen K, Huang GH, Czarnecki C, Gibson M, Stewart S and, Stargatt R. (2006). Risk factors for anxiety at induction of anaesthesia in children: a prospective cohort study. Pediatric Anesthesia. 16: 919-927

Pedreira, CC; Stargatt, R; Maroulas, H; Maixner, W; Warne, G, Zacharin, MR. (2006) “ Health related quality of life and psychological outcome in patients treated for craniopharyngioma in childhood.” Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism 19(1) 15-24.

Mulhern, R.K., Palmer, S., Merchant, T.E., Wallace, D., Kocak, M., Brouwers, R., Krull, K., Chintagumpala, M., Stargatt, R., Ashley, D. M., Tye, V..L., Kun, L., Booyett,, J., & Gajjar, A. (2005) “Neurocognitive consequences of Risk-Adapted Therapy for childhood Medulloblastoma.” Journal of Clinical Oncology 23(24)

Davidson, A J, Huang, G, Czarnecki, C, Gibson, M, Stewart, S, Jamsen K, Stargatt, R. (2005) “Awareness during anesthesia in children: a large prospective cohort study”. Anesthesia & Analgesia 100(3) 653-661.

Huang, G, Davidson, A.J. & Stargatt, R. (2005) “Dreaming during anaesthesia in children: incidence, nature and associations.” Anaesthesia, 60, 854-861.

Stargatt, R., Anderson,V. and Rosenfeld, J.V.R (2002) “Neuropsychological Outcomes of Children Treated for Posterior Fossa Tumours: a Review. Brain Impairment, 3[2] 92-204.

Anderson V, Catroppa C, Haritou F, Morse S, Pentland L, Rosenfeld J, Stargatt R. (2001) Predictors of Acute Child and Family Outcome following Traumatic Brain Injury in Children. Pediatric Neurosurgery,34:138-148

Research projects

GAS: The multi-centre international randomized controlled trial comparing the effect of spinal versus general anaesthesia on neurodevelopmental outcome and post-operative apnoea in neonates undergoing hernia repair. Davidson, A., Crawly, G., Stargatt, R, Hunt, R., & Hardy P.

TREX: Neurodevelopmental outcome after sevoflurane versus dexmedetomidine/remifentanil anaesthesia in infancy: a randomised controlled trial. A Davidson, B Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg, R Hunt, L Crowe, K Lee, M McCann, F McGowan, D Andropoulos, A Brambrink, R Stargatt.

Rehabilitation of executive function in children with TBI: Systematic review and Meta-analysis. Monika Konjarski Masters and R Stargatt

 Social Cognition following Paediatric TBI: Systematic review and Meta-analysis. On Zhi Xiang and R Stargatt    The Experiences of Mothers with Children Exposed to Single-Incident Trauma: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Jordana Aamalia and R Stargatt.

The cognitive and academic functioning of children with unilateral (or hemiplegic) cerebral palsy.  Ben Gray Brain Hoare, Ali Crichton and R Stargatt.

 Long term follow up of Cognitive functioning in children with cerebral palsy according to topographic distribution of injury and severity. Monika Konjarski, Robyn Stargatt, and Dept of Rehabilition Medicine RCH & MCRI.