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Dr ZoŽ Thayer

BSc Kent, MSc Macq, PhD UOA.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : zoet@icn.usyd.edu.au

External Address

The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The University of Sydney

Profile

I am Clinical Neuropsychologist working in both public health and private practice. I am part of the team of Neuropsychologists at The Institute of Clinical Neurosciences at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. I have over 20 years experience in all aspects of adult neurology, including assessment of cognitive impairment in traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy and dementia. Clinically, my work focuses on neuropsychological assessment, memory rehabilitation and recommendations for individuals and their treating team to maximise cognitive function. I specialise in the area of cognition and sleep in epilepsy and my research interests include the influence of epilepsy on sleep and the impact of these factors on memory function. I am an Honorary Associate of Macquarie University and The University of Sydney, and am involved in the teaching and supervision of postgraduate neuropsychology students.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Radford, K., Say, M., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2010). Making the Most of Your Memory: An Everyday Memory Skills Program. Sydney: ASSBI Resources.

Periodicals

  • Miller, L.A., Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., Nikpour, A., & Thayer, Z. (2017). Accelerated long term forgetting in patients with focal seizures: Incidence rate and contributing factors. Epilepsy and Behaviour, 72, 108-113. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.04.039
  • Berriman, J., Stevenson, R.J., Thayer, Z.C., Thompson, E., Mohamed, A., Watson, J.D.G., & Miller, L.A. (2016). Testing the importance of the medial temporal lobes in human interoception: Does it matter if there is a memory component to the task? Neuropsychologia, 91, 371-379. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.09.005
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson Perry, K., Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., & Mohamed, A. (2015). Anxiety in epilepsy: A neglected disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78(2), 149-155. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2014.12.002
  • Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., Mohamed, A., & Thayer, Z. (2015). Old dogs with new tricks: Detecting accelerated long-term forgetting by extending traditional measures. Epilepsy & Behavior, 45, 205-211. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.01.024
  • Thayer, Z., Wong, C., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. (2015). Improving memory in patients with epilepsy: Considering the impact of anti-epileptic drugs, low mood and/or surgery on memory training program outcomes. International Journal of Neurorehabilitation, 1(4), 139. doi:10.4172/2376-0281.1000139
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Thayer, Z., Miller, L., Boserio, J., & Mohamed, A. (2014). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve mood in people with epilepsy: A randomised controlled trial. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 43(2), 153-166. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.892530
  • Lah, S., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2014). Accelerated long-term forgetting of verbal information in unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy: Is it related to structural hippocampal abnormalities and/or incomplete learning? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(2), 158-169. doi:10.1080/13803395.2013.874405
  • Fitzgerald, Z., Mohamed, A., Ricci, M., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2013). Accelerated long-term forgetting: A newly identified memory impairment in epilepsy. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 20(11), 1486-1491. doi:10.1016/j.jocn.2013.04.037
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., & Mohamed, A. (2013). Rates of DSM-IV mood, anxiety disorders and suicidality in Australian adult epilepsy outpatients: A comparison of well-controlled versus refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 26, 29-35. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.10.023
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., & Mohamed, A. (2013). The psychosocial correlates of depressive disorders and suicide risk in people with epilepsy. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74(3), 227-232. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2012.11.001
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K, Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., & Mohamed, A. (2012). Assessing the efficacy of 2 screening measures for depression in people with epilepsy. Neurology, 79, 371-375. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e318260cbfc
  • Radford, K., Lah, S., Thayer, Z., Say, M., & Miller, L.A. (2012). Improving memory in outpatients with neurological disorders using a group-based training program. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(4), 738-748. doi:10.1017/S1355617712000379
  • Radford, K., Lah, S., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L.A. (2011). Effective group-based memory training for patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 22(2), 272-278. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.06.021
  • Hornberger, M., Mohamed, A., Miller, L., Watson, J., Thayer, Z., & Hodges, J.R. (2010). Focal retrograde amnesia: extending the syndrome of transient epileptic amnesia. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 17, 1319-1321.
  • Stevenson, R.J., Miller, L.A., & Thayer, Z.C. (2008). Impairments in the perception of odor-induced tastes and their relationship to impairments in taste perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34(5), 1183-1197.

Published Abstracts

  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., Batchelor, J., & Miller, L. (2015). Autobiographical memory disturbance and accelerated long-term forgetting in frontal lobe epilepsy: A single case study [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(Suppl. 2), 24.
  • Miller, L., Radford, K., Mohamed, A., & Thayer, Z. (2015). Memory rehabilitation in epilepsy: Improving post-surgical outcomes [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(Suppl. 2), 66.
  • Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L.A. (2015). Association between self-reported and objective autobiographical memory performance in patients with focal epilepsy and normal control subjects [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(Suppl. 2), 25.
  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L.A. (2013). Examining factors related to accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy using ambulatory EEG monitoring [Abstract]. Epilepsia, 54(5), 819-827. doi:10.1111/epi.12090
  • Boserio, J., Bradbury, R., Thayer, Z., Fitzgerald, Z., & Mohamed, A. (2012). Sleep in partial epilepsy (PE) as compared to idiopathic generalised epilepsy (IGE) [Abstract]. Epilepsia, 53(Suppl. 5), 128.
  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. (2012). The pathophysiology of accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy: Using ambulatory EEG monitoring to examine the role of epileptiform activity and sleep [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(Suppl. 2), 65.
  • Lah, S., Miller, L., Gascoigne, M., Thayer, Z., Ricci, M., & Jansary, A. (2012). Accelerated long-term forgetting in patients with epilepsy [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(Suppl. 2), 64.
  • Lah, S., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Miller, L., & Diamond, K. (2012). Accelerated long-term forgetting of verbal information in patients with temporal and extratemporal partial epilepsy [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(Suppl. 2), 64-65.
  • Radford, K., Lah, S., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2012). Comparing the effectiveness of group-based memory training and predictors of outcome for patients with stroke versus epilepsy [Abstract]. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 26, 756.
  • Johnson, B.W., & Thayer, Z.C. (2007). Gamma band activity of parietal lobes during mental rotation [Abstract]. NeuroImage, 36(Suppl. 1).

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Miller, L.A., Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., & Thayer, Z. (2017, January). Autobiographical memory in healthy adults and patients with focal epilepsy: Findings from a self-report questionnaire and a fluency test of autobiographical events. Paper presented at the Autobiographical Memory in Health and Disease Symposium, 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference (SARMAC XII), The University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Thayer, Z., King S., Boserio J., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller L., & Mohamed A. (2016, September). Daytime naps, night time sleep and everyday memory in adults with epilepsy. Paper presented at the 12th European Congress on Epileptology, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Huang, D., Wong, C., Radford, K., Say, M., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L.A. (2016, August). Use of strategies as a memory compensation technique in patients with acquired brain injury. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Thayer, Z., & Miller, L.A. (2016, August). Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory training program? Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., & Thayer, Z. (2016, July). Adding measures of ALF to a neuropsychological assessment: Not hard to do and worth the effort. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory (ICOM6), Budapest, Hungary.
  • Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., & Thayer, Z. (2016, July). Accelerated longer term forgetting in patients with focal epilepsy: Rates and underlying causes. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2015, September). Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Presentation given at the Sydney Local Health District Research Meeting, Sydney.
  • Thayer, Z., Johnson, H., King, S., Ridalgh, A., Mohamed, A., Boserio, J., Miller, L.A., & Nicholson Perry, K. (2015, September). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors and implications. Paper presented at the International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., Batchelor, J., & Miller, L. (2015, July). Autobiographical memory disturbance and accelerated long-term forgetting in frontal lobe epilepsy: A single case study. Paper presented at the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Miller, L., Radford, K., Mohamed, A., & Thayer, Z. (2015, July). Memory rehabilitation in epilepsy. Paper presented at the 5th International Neuropsychological Society/Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Pacific Rim Conference (INS/ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L.A. (2015, July). Association between self-reported and objective autobiographical memory performance in patients with focal epilepsy and normal control subjects. Paper presented at the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), Sydney.
  • Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2015, July). Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program Paper presented at the Special Interest Group meeting of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Daydream Island.
  • Thayer, Z., Breen, N., & Miller, L. (2014, November). Memory training: How to deliver a multi session, group based memory rehabilitation program. Invited paper presented at the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Conference, Adelaide.
  • Miller, L., Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., Savage, G. van Schalkwijk, F., & van der Werf, Y. (2014, June). Disorders of sleep in epilepsy and their effects on memory. Paper presented at the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2013, November). Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Paper presented at the 27th Epilepsy Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney.
  • Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2013, June). Does polytherapy or cortical resection influence the ability of people with epilepsy to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program? Paper presented at the 30th International Epilepsy Congress, Montreal, Canada.
  • Thayer, Z., Radford, K., Lah, S., & Miller, L. (2012, November). Effective group-based memory retraining in people with epilepsy. Presentation given at the College of Clinical Neuropsychology Meeting, Launceston.
  • Lah, S., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Miller, L., & Diamond, K. (2012, June). Accelerated long-term forgetting of verbal information in patients with temporal and extratemporal partial epilepsy. Symposium conducted at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-year Meeting, Oslo, Norway.
  • Thayer, Z., Fitzgerald, Z., Boserio, J., Mohamed, A., & Miller, L. (2012, June). The pathophysiology of accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy. Invited paper presented at the The International Neuropsychological Society mid-year meeting, Symposium on Epilepsy and Memory, Oslo, Norway.
  • Radford, K., Lah, S., Thayer, Z. & Miller, L. (2012, May). Comparing the effectiveness of group-based memory training and predictors of outcome for patients with stroke versus epilepsy. Paper presented at the World Congress of Neurorehabilitation, Melbourne.
  • Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z, Mohamed, A. & Miller, L. (2011, November). Accelerated long-term forgetting in epilepsy: Using ambulatory EEG monitoring to determine the pathophysiology. Paper presented at the College of Clinical Neuropsychologist Meeting, Sydney.
  • Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Thayer, Z., Miller, L. and Mohamed, A. (2011, October). A randomized controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Improve Mood and Quality of Life in Adults with Epilepsy. Paper presented at the AACBT National Conference, Sydney.
  • Radford, K., Lah, S., Thayer, Z., Say, M.J. & Miller, L. (2011, September). Making the most of your memory: A group-based intervention to improve memory functioning following nonprogressive neurological damage. Presentation given at the Brain Sciences NSW Symposium; Brain Plasticity Ė the Adaptable Brain, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Johnson, B.W., &Thayer, Z.C. (2007, June). Gamma band activity of parietal lobes during mental rotation. Paper presented at the 13th Annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, USA.

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