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Dr Leigh Schrieff-Elson

PhD (UCT)

Background and research interests

  • Neuropsychology (Pediatrics, traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation; HIV infection and cognitive effects)
  • Social Psychology (contact theory and intergroup relations)

Teaching responsibilities

  • Convener of Introduction to Psychology Parts 1 (+) & 2 (+): PSY1004/6F & PSY1005/7S
  • Biological basis of behaviour section of the PSY1004/6F course

She also teaches sections of the Attention section of the PSY2010S course and the section on Traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation for the PSY3010S course. Further, Leigh co-convenes the Pediatric Neuropsychology component of the MA in Clinical Neuropsychology programme.

Selected Publications

Schrieff-Elson, L.E., Thomas, K.G.F., Dollman, Rohlwink, U.K., & Figaji, A.A. (2015, Sep 4). Low brain oxygenation and differences in neuropsychological outcomes following severe pediatric TBI. Child’s Nervous System, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s00381-015-2892-2
 
Schrieff, L.E., Thomas, K.G.F., Dollman, A.K., Rohlwink, U.K., & Figaji, A.A. (2013). Demographic profile of severe traumatic brain injury admissions to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, 2006 – 2011.  South African Medical Journal, 103(9), 616 – 620.

Hoare, J., Fouche, J., & Spottiswoode, B., et al., (2012). A diffusion tensor imaging and neurocognitive study of HIV-positive children who are HAART-naïve “slow progressors”. Journal of Neurovirology, 18, 205-212.
 
Schrieff, L. E., Donald, K., & Thomas, K. (2011). Cognitive and behavioural outcomes following traumatic brain injury in children. Continuing Medical Education, 29, 160-161  
 
Schrieff, L., Tredoux, C. G., Finchilescu, G., Dixon, J. A. (2010). Understanding the seating patterns in a residence-dining hall: a longitudinal study of intergroup contact. South African Journal of Psychology, 40, 5-17.
 
Schrieff, L., Tredoux, C.G., Dixon, J.A. & Finchilescu, G. (2005). Patterns of racial segregation in residence dining halls. South African Journal of Psychology, 35, 433-444.

Paper/Poster Presentations at International Conferences

Schrieff, L., Thomas, K., Rohlwink, U., & Figaji, A. (2014, 14-15 July). Investigating the relationship between brain oxygenation (PbtO2) and neuropsychological and behavioural outcomes in children following severe TBI. Paper presented at the 11th  Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Limassol, Cyprus.
 
Schrieff, L., Figaji, A., Dollman, A., Ockhuizen, J., During, G., & Thomas, K. (2014, 14-15 July). A 5-year demographic profile of, and the implementation of an attention-training intervention with, children who have sustained a severe TBI in Cape Town, South Africa. Paper presented at the 11th  Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Limassol, Cyprus.
 
Schrieff, L., Ockhuizen, J., During, G., Thomas, K. (2012, 23-27 July). The implementation and evaluation of an attention-training programme following pediatric traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, SA.
 
Schrieff, L., Figaji, A., Rohlwink, U., & Thomas, K. (2011, 11-12 July). Brain oxygenation and neuropsychological outcomes in children following severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 8th Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Rotorua, New Zealand.
 
Schrieff, L. E., Figaji, A., & Thomas, K. (2011, 11-12 July). Pediatric traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation in a South African context. Poster presented at the 8th Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Rotorua, New Zealand.
 
Schrieff, L., Corbett, C., & Thomas, K. (2009, 03-04 August). Recent advances in a neuropsychological research and rehabilitation program for children with traumatic brain injury.Paper presented at the 6th  Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Tallinn, Estonia.
 
Schrieff, L. E., Christ, B., Malgas, N., Schoeman, F., Oosthuizen, D., & Thomas, K. G. F. (2008, 07-08 July). Establishing a South African paediatric traumatic brain injury (pTBI) research and rehabilitation program. Paper presented at the 5th Satellite Symposium on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.

Contact details

Tel: 021 650 3708
Room Number: 2.10
Email Address: leigh.schrieff-elson@uct.ac.za