BA Hons (Psych),
PhD (Clin Psych & Clin Neuropsychology),
MAPS, MCCLP, MCCN.
Dr Megan Broughton is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Megan has over 10 years of experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating clients with a range of psychological and neurological conditions. She is passionate about helping adults and their family members cope with challenges associated with health conditions, accident, or disability.
Given her knowledge of the brain, Megan tailors therapy to suit people experiencing difficulties with thinking skills such as learning and memory problems. She provides a collaborative and supportive client-centred approach to help individuals cope with the challenges that they face.
Her clinical positions have included working in acute psychiatry, sexual health and HIV, neuroscience, and paediatric rehabilitation in Queensland Health hospitals and community health facilities. She has also worked in the areas of problem gambling, and assessment and treatment for people with brain tumours, and as a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Rehabilitation Coordinator with a statewide community brain injury service.
Megan’s PhD research examined cognitive function and psycho-physiological measures in healthy ageing, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
Following the completion of her PhD, Megan commenced a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland. This research focused on memory in healthy ageing and dementia, and working with caregivers of people with dementia to support language and memory functions. A list of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations is detailed below. Megan has also lectured and supervised postgraduate psychology students at the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University (GU).
Megan uses therapy techniques with a strong evidence/research-base for their effectiveness. These may include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques. The therapy that she uses will depend on the presenting concern and individual client.
Megan is available to assist adults and older adults with:
- Neurological conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury (eg traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, brain tumour) and Dementia (eg mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease) – adjusting to life following an injury or diagnosis, and managing changes in emotions, behavior and thinking;
- Caregiver stress and burden;
- Adjustment to diagnosis and management of HIV (and other health concerns);
- Problem gambling;
- Substance misuse and abuse;
- Mood disorders such as depression;
- Stress and Anxiety disorders;
- Assertiveness and communication skills;
- Grief and loss.
To make an appointment with Dr Megan Broughton try Dr Megan Broughton – Online Booking – Mt Gravatt or call (07) 3088 5422.
Articles of Interest by Dr Megan Broughton
- Acquired Brain Injury: the hidden disability
- Caregiver Stress
- How Do I Know if I Have Dementia?
- What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?
Recent Publications and Conference Presentations:
- Broughton, M., Smith, E.R., Baker, R., Angwin, A., Pachana, N.A., Copland, D., Humphreys, M.S., Gallois, C., Byrne, G.J.A. & Chenery, H.J. (2011). Evaluation of a caregiver education program to support memory and communication in dementia: A controlled pretest-posttest study with nursing home staff. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48(11), 1436-1444.
- Smith, E.R., Broughton, M., Baker, R., Pachana, N.A., Angwin, A., Humphreys, M.S., Mitchell, L., Byrne, G.J.A., Copland, D., Gallois, C., Hegney, D. & Chenery, H.J. (2011). Memory and Communication Support in Dementia: Evidence-Based Strategies for Caregivers. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(2), 256-263.
- Finnigan, S., O’Connell, R.G., Cummins, T.D.R., Broughton, M. & Robertson, I.H. (2011). ERP measures indicate both attention and working memory encoding decrements in aging. Psychophysiology, 48, 601-611.
- Broughton M, Smith S, Baker R, Pachana N, Angwin A, Byrne G, Humphreys M, & Chenery H. (2010). Supporting Memory and Communication in People with Dementia: An Educational Program for Caregivers. Gerontological Society of America.
- Broughton M, Smith E, Baker R, Gallois C, Havas K, Angwin A, Humphreys M, Pachana, N, Copland D, Byrne G, Chenery H. (2010). Conversational Analysis of People with Dementia and their caregivers. International Conference of Language and Social Psychology-12.
- Cummins, T. D. R., Broughton, M., & Finnigan, S. (2008). Theta oscillations are affected by amnestic mild cognitive impairment and cognitive load. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 70, 75-81.
- Broughton, M. & Finnigan, S. (2007). Event-related potentials associated with explicit word recognition are affected in healthy ageing. 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology.