Hamish Peter Duncan Godfrey and Dorothy Gronwall, 1958–2002

Robert G. Knight, Jenni A. Ogden
2002 Brain Impairment  
at the age of 70. She is recognised internationally for her pioneering research on traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the extended effects of concussion, as well as for her 30 years of ongoing research into the epidemiology, causes, effects, management and rehabilitation of TBI. Within NZ she campaigned tirelessly for the victims of TBI, and established clinical neuropsychology as an advanced specialty in NZ. She continued to work as a clinician until her 70th birthday, and over a 30-year period
more » ... er a 30-year period improved the lives of many hundreds of patients through her assessment, Canterbury and came to Otago to enter the clinical psychology training program in 1981. Having qualified as a clinical psychologist he enrolled for a PhD and conducted a controlled trial of a cognitive remediation program with a group of amnesic alcoholics. Although the intervention had only limited success, it sparked his life-long interest in the rehabilitation of persons with brain injuries. It was in this study that he developed his interest in the construction of ecologically valid tests and became aware of the importance of the network of people surrounding the person with the brain injury during the process of recovery. He was appointed to a lectureship in Psychology in 1985 and spent the remainder of his career at Otago University. Hamish believed passionately in the scientistpractitioner model of training in clinical psychology and research was central to his life at the University. Having completed his doctorate, he went on to investigate the psychological and social consequences of brain injury and to publish over 40 papers describing the outcome of his research program. He was co-author with Louise Smith of a well-received book on family-based rehabilitation interventions for persons with head injuries. All the research that he was involved in was aimed at improving clinical management of persons with brain impairments, and he brought to his work scientific rigour, a focus on the practical, and an ability to construct creative solutions to research challenges. He gave numerous public talks and workshops, in New Zealand and overseas, disseminating his findings well beyond the bounds of the discipline. From 1992 until 2000, Hamish was the director of clinical psychology training at Otago. For the first four years of that time he was also the director of the department's clinic. He had a major impact on the structure of the program, developing the clinic into a training facility, which could be used for the intensive training of clinical psychology students. As a result, the intake of students increased and the program effectively doubled in size. As a teacher he was at his best supervising students as they acquired clinical skills in the clinic. He had a great aptitude for working with patients and families who were coping with severe mental and physical handicaps. Hamish's colleagues and friends will remember him not only for his academic strengths but also his personal qualities. He was an independent thinker with a wonderful sense of humour. His wife Maria and two daughters Kate and Julia survive him.
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