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Health Sciences profile

Dr Paul Skirrow

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Wellington)
QualificationsM Phil DClinPsychol PGDipClinNeuropsych
Research summaryNeuropsychology: Cognitive and psychological aspects of neurological conditions

Research

I’m an English-trained Clinical Psychologist, but have gone on to specialise in Clinical Neuropsychology, before moving to Wellington in 2012.

I have a background in research in Intensive Care Medicine, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (all of which I am still interested in!), but have more recently looked to specialise in the field of Applied Neuropsychology - particularly its practice in the New Zealand context. Much of my clinical work has been in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation settings, including inpatient and community rehabilitation.

I have a strong interest in bi-cultural and person-centred / co-designed approaches to rehabilitation and the design of services in general. I’d be keen to hear from other researchers, clinicians and potential PhD students with an interest in those fields, and I have a particular interest in supporting research by individuals with ‘lived experience’ of neurological conditions.

Particular areas of research interest:

  • Applied Neuropsychology (particularly in the New Zealand context)
  • Psychological aspects of concussion, brain injury and stroke rehabilitation
  • Cognitive and psychological impacts of acquired and developmental neurological conditions, including exposure to common neurotoxins

Publications

Sutton, L., Bell, E., Every-Palmer, S., Weatherall, M., & Skirrow, P. (2022). Survivorship of patients after long intensive care stay with exploration and experience in a New Zealand cohort (SPLIT ENZ): Protocol for a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(3), e35936. doi: 10.2196/35936

Sutton-Smith, L., Weatherall, M., Bell, E. M., Every-Palmer, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). What are the long-term outcomes for New Zealand survivors of critical illness? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1547), 121-126. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Faulkner, J. W., Snell, D. L., Theadom, A., Mahon, S., Barker-Collo, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). Psychological flexibility in mild traumatic brain injury: An evaluation of measures. Brain Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2021.1959062

Wastell, S., Skirrow, P., & Hare, D. J. (2016). Factors influencing the use of psychotropic medication for challenging behaviour in the United Kingdom: A Q method investigation. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(4), 295-304. doi: 10.1111/jar.12179

Skirrow, P., Jackson, P., Perry, E., & Hare, D. J. (2015). I collect therefore I am-autonoetic consciousness and hoarding in Asperger Syndrome. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22(3), 278-284. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1889

Faulkner, J. W., Snell, D. L., Theadom, A., Mahon, S., Barker-Collo, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). Psychological flexibility in mild traumatic brain injury: An evaluation of measures. Brain Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2021.1959062

Journal - Research Article

Wastell, S., Skirrow, P., & Hare, D. J. (2016). Factors influencing the use of psychotropic medication for challenging behaviour in the United Kingdom: A Q method investigation. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(4), 295-304. doi: 10.1111/jar.12179

Journal - Research Article

Hare, D. J., Wood, C., Wastell, S., & Skirrow, P. (2015). Anxiety in asperger's syndrome: Assessment in real time. Autism, 19(5), 542-552. doi: 10.1177/1362361314531340

Journal - Research Article

Skirrow, P., Jackson, P., Perry, E., & Hare, D. J. (2015). I collect therefore I am-autonoetic consciousness and hoarding in Asperger Syndrome. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22(3), 278-284. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1889

Journal - Research Article

Jackson, P., Skirrow, P., & Hare, D. J. (2012). Asperger through the looking glass: An exploratory study of self-understanding in people with Asperger's syndrome. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 42(5), 697-706. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1296-8

Journal - Research Article

Simpson-Adkins, G., & Skirrow, P. (2012). Online support for people with prospective memory difficulties [Review]. Clinical Psychology Forum, (233), 42-46.

Journal - Research Article

Barkby, A., Talbot, H., Lee, A., Skirrow, P., Greenhill, E., Cookson, A., … Hiley, W. (2009). Parents with learning disabilities: Perceived incidence and needs. Community Practitioner, 82(11), 34-37.

Journal - Research Article

Blackburn, C., Glendenning, S., Finnigan, M., & Skirrow, P. (2009). Client and referrer satisfaction with a specialist perinatal mental health service. Clinical Psychology Forum, (197), 7-12.

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Punshon, C., Skirrow, P., & Murphy, G. (2009). The 'not guilty verdict': Psychological reactions to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in adulthood. Autism, 13(3), 265-283. doi: 10.1177/1362361309103795

Journal - Research Article

Griffiths, M. J., Humphris, G. M., Skirrow, P. M., & Rogers, S. N. (2008). A qualitative evaluation of patient experiences when diagnosed with oral cancer recurrence. Cancer Nursing, 31(4), E11-E17. doi: 10.1097/01.NCC.0000305750.50991.67

Journal - Research Article

Skirrow, P., & Farrington, J. (2008). Developing specialist services for adults with Asperger's syndrome in Liverpool. Clinical Psychology Forum, (185), 15-19.

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Skirrow, P., & Hatton, C. (2007). 'Burnout' amongst direct care workers in services for adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review of research findings and initial normative data. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(2), 131-144. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00311.x

Journal - Research Article

Jones, C., Skirrow, P., Griffiths, R. D., Humphris, G., Ingleby, S., Eddleston, J., … Gager, M. (2004). Post-traumatic stress disorder-related symptoms in relatives of patients following intensive care. Intensive Care Medicine, 30(3), 456-460. doi: 10.1007/s00134-003-2149-5

Journal - Research Article

Jones, C., Skirrow, P., Griffiths, R. D., Humphris, G. H., Ingleby, S., Eddleston, J., … Gager, M. (2003). Rehabilitation after critical illness: A randomized, controlled trial. Critical Care Medicine, 31(10), 2456-2461. doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000089938.56725.33

Journal - Research Article

Jones, C., Griffiths, R. D., Humphris, G., & Skirrow, P. M. (2001). Memory, delusions, and the development of acute posttraumatic stress disorder-related symptoms after intensive care. Critical Care Medicine, 29(3), 573-580. doi: 10.1097/00003246-200103000-00019

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Skirrow, P., Jones, C., Griffiths, R. D., & Kaney, S. (2001). Intensive care: Easing the trauma. Psychologist, 14(12), 640-642.

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Sutton, L., Bell, E., Every-Palmer, S., Weatherall, M., & Skirrow, P. (2022). Survivorship of patients after long intensive care stay with exploration and experience in a New Zealand cohort (SPLIT ENZ): Protocol for a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(3), e35936. doi: 10.2196/35936

Journal - Research Other

Sutton-Smith, L., Weatherall, M., Bell, E. M., Every-Palmer, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). What are the long-term outcomes for New Zealand survivors of critical illness? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1547), 121-126. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Skirrow, P., & Hare, D. J. (2008). Clinical psychology and autistic spectrum disorders: An introduction to the special issue. Clinical Psychology Forum, (185), 9-10. [Editorial].

Journal - Research Other

Skirrow, P., Jones, C., Griffiths, R. D., & Kaney, S. (2002). The impact of current media events on hallucinatory content: The experience of the intensive care unit (ICU) patient [Brief report]. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41(1), 87-91. doi: 10.1348/014466502163822

Journal - Research Other

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