Melbourne Paediatric Specialists

 

Dr Sarah Knight

Paediatric Neuropsychologist
Sarah Knight PhD - Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr Sarah Knight

BASc(Hons) MPsych (Clin. Neuropsych) PhD

Senior Paediatric Neuropsychologist

Clinical Interests

Sarah Knight is a senior paediatric clinical neuropsychologist who has extensive experience in child and adolescent neuropsychology assessment and intervention. She has particular expertise in paediatric chronic health conditions and rehabilitation.

Sarah conducts comprehensive cognitive, intellectual and academic assessments, and provides specialised intervention services for behaviour, attention, memory and fatigue. She sees children and adolescents with a range of conditions including traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Type I diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, behavioural difficulties and learning problems. Sarah works closely with schools and families to ensure that children reach their best potential.

Background and experience

Sarah has worked in a range of health care settings at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s. She has a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Melbourne. She is registered as a clinical neuropsychologist and supervisor with the Australian Board of Psychology. Sarah currently holds a senior clinical position within the statewide Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service where she provides expert care to children and adolescents within a multidisciplinary setting. She is also the Statewide Clinical Research Education Officer for the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. In this role, she helps to ensure that children and adolescents across the state receive evidence-informed, best quality, rehabilitation. Sarah  is a post-doctoral research fellow in Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and an honorary fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne.

Research Interests

Sarah has a particular interest in improving care and outcomes for children with complex medical conditions, and their families. She is involved in actively facilitating the translation of research into clinical practice. Sarah  has published several journal manuscripts addressing the impact of a range of chronic health conditions on child and adolescent development.  She currently oversees a clinical research program for paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Publications →

  • Crichton A, Knight SJ, Oakley E, Babl F, Anderson V (2015). Fatigue in child chronic health conditions: A systematic review of assessment instruments. Pediatrics, 135 (4): in press
  • Snodgrass K, Harvey A, Scheinberg A, Knight SJ (2015). Sleep Disturbances in Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Review of Current Research. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, in press
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Towns S, Payne D, Lubitz L, Rowe K, Reveley C, Hennel S, Hiscock H, Scheinberg A (2014). How is Paediatric Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Diagnosed and Managed by Paediatricians? An Australian Paediatric Research Network Study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(12): 1000-7
  • Knight SJ, Conklin HM, Palmer SL, Schreiber JE, Armstrong CL, Wallace D, Bonner M, Swain MA, Evankovich KD, Mabbott DJ, Boyle R, Huang Q, Zhang H, Anderson VA, Gajjar A (2014). Working Memory Abilities Among Children Treated for Medulloblastoma: Parent Report and Child Performance. Journal of Paediatric Psychology, 39(5):501-11
  • Knight SJ, Anderson VA, Spencer-Smith MM, Da Costa AC (2014). Neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants and children with single-suture craniosynostosis: a systematic review. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(3):159-86
  • Knight SJ, McCarthy M, Anderson V, Hutchinson E, De Luca C (2014). Visuomotor function in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with chemotherapy only. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(2):101-112
  • Schreiber JE, Gurney JG, Palmer SL, Bass JK, Wang M, Chen S, Zhang H, Swain M, Chapieski ML, Bonner MJ, Mabbott DJ, Knight SJ, Armstrong CL, Boyle R, Gajjar A (2014). Examination of risk factors for intellectual and academic outcomes following treatment for pediatric medulloblastoma. Neuro-Oncology, Advance Access:doi:10.1093/neuonc/nou006
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Lubitz L, Rowe K, Reveley C, Veit F, Hennel S, Scheinberg (2013). Paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: Complex presentations and protracted time to diagnosis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 49(11): 919-924
  • Knight SJ, Anderson VA, Meara J, Da Costa A (2013). Early Neurodevelopment in Infants with Deformational Plagiocephaly. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 24(4): 1225-1228
  • Knight SJ, Scheinberg A, Harvey A (2013) Interventions in Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Systematic Review. Journal of Adolescent Health 53(2): 154-165
  • Palmer SL, Armstrong C, Onar-Thomas A, Wu S, Wallace D, Bonner MJ, Schreiber J, Swain M, Chapieski L, Mabbott D, Knight SJ, Boyle R, Gajjar A (2013). Processing speed, attention and working memory after treatment for medulloblastoma: An international, prospective and longitudinal study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 31(28):3494-3500
  • Green J, Knight SJ, McCarthy M, De Luca C (2013) Motor Functioning During and Following Chemotherapy Treatment for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 60(8): 1261-1266
  • De Luca C, McCarthy M, Galvin J, Green J, Murphy A, Knight SJ, Williams J (2013) Gross and fine motor skills in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 16(3): 180-7
  • Brinkman T, Palmer S, Chen S, Zhang H, Evankovich K, Swain M, Bonner M, Janzen L, Knight SJ, Armstrong C, Boyle R, Gajjar, A (2012) Social outcomes after treatment for pediatric embryonal tumors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 30 (33): 4134-4140
  • Nadebaum C, Scratch SE, Northam EA, Cameron FJ, Wellard, RM, Alexopoulos J, Cullen C, Ditchfield MR, Finney K, Inder TE, Jennings JE, Kean M, Knight SJ, Koves, IH, Lee KJ, Lin A, Mackay MT, Neil JJ, Spencer-Smith MM, Werther GA (2012) Clinical utility of mental state screening as a predictor of intellectual outcomes 6 months after diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes 13(8): 632-637
  • Knight SJ (2012) Book Review: Neurocognitive Rehabilitation in Children with Down Syndrome: The Early Years. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 22(1):134-136
  • Palmer SL, Lesh S, Wallace D, Bonner MJ, Swain M, Chapieski L, Janzen L, Mabbott D, Knight SJ, Boyle R, Armstrong CL, Gajjar A (2011) How parents cope with their child’s diagnosis and treatment of an embryonal tumor: results of a prospective and longitudinal study. Journal of Neurooncology 105(2):253
  • Knight SJ, Northam EA, Cameron FJ, Ambler GR (2011) Behaviour and metabolic control in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus on insulin pump therapy: 2-year follow up. Diabetic Medicine. 28(9): 1109-12
  • Knight SJ, Northam E, Donath S, Gardner A, Harkin N, Taplin C, Joy P, Cameron FJ, Ambler GR (2009) Improvements in cognition, mood and behaviour following commencement of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study. Diabetologia. 52(2):193-8

Invited Workshops and Conference Presentations →

  • Knight SJ, Lubitz L, Rowe K. The management of pediatric ME/CFS: Translating research into clinical practice (Invited Workshop). [Presented at the 11th International IACFS/ME Biennial Conference: Translating Evidence into Practice, March 2014, San Francisco, USA]
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Lubitz L,  Rowe K, Reveley C, Veit F, Hennel S, Towns S, Payne D, Scheinberg A. How is Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) diagnosed and managed by Pediatricians? An Australian National Study [Presented at the 11th International IACFS/ME Biennial Conference: Translating Evidence into Practice, March 2014, San Francisco, USA]
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Lubitz L, Rowe K, Reveley C, Veit F, Dean N, , Hennel S, Scheinberg A. Pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: complex presentations and protracted time to diagnosis [Presented at the 11th International IACFS/ME Biennial Conference: Translating Evidence into Practice, March 2014, San Francisco, USA]
  • Knight SJ. Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: State of knowledge and future directions. [Presented at The 2nd International Symposium for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, December 2013, Gold Coast, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Hennell S, Garner E, Scheinberg A. (2013). An evidence-based approach to diagnosing and managing paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome. [Presented at Living Life to the Fullest: Current Directions in Children’s Rehabilitation, August 2013, Brisbane, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Harvey A, Lubitz L, Rowe R, Reveley C, Veit F, Dean N, Hennel S, Scheinberg A. (2013) Paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: Presenting features and current management patterns at an Australian tertiary service. [Presented at the International Congress of Pediatrics, August 2013, Melbourne, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Palmer S, Conklin HM, Schreiber J, Armstrong CL, Wallace D, Bonner M, Swain MA, Chapieski L, Mabbott D, Boyle R, Zhang H, Huang Q, Anderson V, Gajjar A. Working memory development following treatment for childhood medulloblastoma: A 5-year longitudinal study. [Presented at the 36th Annual Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment conference, April 2013, Hobart, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Anderson VA, Meara J, Da Costa A. (2012) Early neurodevelopmental functioning in craniofacial anomalies. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 54, s2: 10. [Presented at the 3rd UK Paediatric Neuropsychology Symposium, April 2012, London, UK]
  • Knight SJ, Hutchinson E, de Luca C, Gentle E, Ashley D, McCarthy M. (2011) Visuomotor integration and motor coordination in survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 57, 5: 705-897. [Presented at the SIOP International Society of Paediatric Oncology Conference, October 2011, Auckland, New Zealand]
  • Knight SJ, Downie P, McCarthy M. (2011) Who’s listening? Do families follow through with referral for psychological services following a multidisciplinary long-term follow-up assessment? Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 57, 5: 705-897 [Presented at the SIOP International Society of Paediatric Oncology Conference, October 2011, Auckland, New Zealand]
  • Knight SJ, Anderson V, Chong D, Bialocerkowski A, Savarirayan R, Greensmith A, Reilly S & Da Costa A. Craniosynostosis: Neurodevelopmental functioning in infants prior to surgical intervention (2009). Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, s2: i-105. [Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Conference, July 2009, Helsinki, Finland]
  • Knight SJ, Anderson V, Chong D, Bialocerkowski A, Savarirayan R, Greensmith A, Reilly S & Da Costa A. Neurodevelopment, genotype and cranial morphology in infants with isolated craniosynostosis [Presented at the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association 66th Annual Meeting, April 2009, Scottsdale, Arizona]
  • Knight SJ, Anderson V, Chong D, Bialocerkowski A, Savarirayan R, Greensmith A, Reilly S & Da Costa A. Neurodevelopmental profiles of infants with congenital skull deformities [Presented at the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists conference, October 2009, Melbourne, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Anderson V, Chong D, Bialocerkowski A, Savarirayan R, Greensmith A, Reilly S & Da Costa A. Craniosynostosis: Neurodevelopmental functioning in infants prior to surgical intervention [Presented at the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, May 2009, Sydney, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Da Costa A, Anderson V & Meara J. Neurodevelopmental functioning in infants with deformational plagiocephaly [Paper presented at the Cleft & Cranio-Maxillofacial Anomalies conference, September 2007, Melbourne, Australia]
  • Knight SJ, Cameron F, Northam E, Joy, P, Gardner A, Donath S, Ambler G. Improvements in cognition following insulin pump therapy in children with type I diabetes [Presented at the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) conference, September 2007, Berlin, Germany]

Public Hospital Affiliations

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital