Esther Hutchinson is a senior paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist who has worked with children from infancy to adolescence with a variety of conditions and problems. Esther has particular interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and outcomes as a result of early brain injury. Her assessments are designed to target referral questions and the concerns of parents within a comprehensive assessment and developmental framework. She is passionate about working with families and enjoys collaborating with other professionals involved with an individual child’s care.
Background and Experience
Esther continues to work in the public health sector as part of a multidisciplinary team in a child and youth mental health service where she works with children and young adults who have experienced trauma and present with a variety of cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties often on background of neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is also experienced in assessing individuals with mental health conditions including first episode psychosis, depression and anxiety.
Esther has previously held appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital where her work focused on long-term outcomes in children born prematurely and with medical conditions of the newborn period. In addition, she has experience working with children treated for childhood cancer as well as other medical conditions such as epilepsy and developmental conditions such as language impairment, ADHD and ASD. Esther holds a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Her theses focused on neuropsychological outcomes in childhood epilepsy and the relationship between working memory and language in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Specific Language Impairment.
Esther is registered and endorsed as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Australian Board of Psychology and is also a registered supervisor. Esther enjoys training post-graduate students as well as supervising newly graduated clinical neuropsychologists as part of the registrar program.
Esther is particularly interested in how mental health conditions impact cognitive functioning as well as the impact of congenital conditions and hospitalisation in infancy on long-term development. She has previously co-ordinated the neuropsychology aspect of a long-term follow-up clinic of children who required life-saving surgery in the newborn period at RCH and is also experienced in the long-term follow-up children born prematurely as well as the long-term outcome of children treated for cancer.
Burnett, A. C., Scratch, S.E., Lee, K. J., Cheong, J., Searle, K., Hutchinson, E., De Luca, C., Davey, M.-A., Roberts, G., Doyle, L. W., & Anderson, P. J. (2015). Executive function in adolescents born <1000g or <28 weeks – A prospective cohort study. Pediatrics,in press, accepted manuscript.
Knight, S.J., 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(3),159-86.
Hutchinson, E., De Luca, C., Doyle, L., Roberts, G., & Anderson, P. (2013). School-Age Outcomes of Extremely Preterm or Extremely Low Birth Weight Children. Pediatrics, 131(4), e1053-e1061.
Hutchinson, E., Bavin, E. L., Efron, D., & Sciberras, E. (2011). A comparison of working memory profiles in school-aged children with SLI, ADHD, co-morbid SLI and ADHD and their typically developing peers. Child Neuropsychology, 18(2), 190-207.
Anderson, P. J. , De Luca, C. R. , Hutchinson, E., Spencer-Smith, M. M. , Roberts, G., Doyle, L. W. & Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group (2011). Attention problems in a representative sample of extremely preterm/extremely low birth weight children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 36(1), 57-73.
Anderson, P. J., De Luca, C. R., Hutchinson, E., Roberts, G. & Doyle, L. W. (2010). Underestimation of developmental delay by the new Bayley-III Scale. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(4), 352-356.