Dr Sandra L J Johnson

MB.ChB, DPaed, FRACP, FRCPCH, FACLM
Clinical Associate Professor
Child and Adolescent Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead
President of Australasian College of Legal Medicine

Telephone +61 2 9980 9462
Fax +61 2 9980 9183

Website Child Development Paediatrics Website
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Biographical details

Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School and the Discipline of Child and Adolesecent Health at Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School.

2018 President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). My main aim in this role is to advance the teaching of Legal Medicine to medical graduates, as well as to doctors and allied health professionals interested in Medicine and Law. The broader aim is to develop collaborations with other disciplines and international bodies of Medicine and Law.

Developmental Paediatrician and Director of Child Development Paediatrics - private practice in Pennant Hills. Paediatric private practice in Child Development includes the assessment of learning disorders, attention disorders, autism, school difficulties, communication and language disorders. Currently no longer accepting new patients into this practice.

Medico-legal assessments of children with brain injury, cerebral palsy and developmental disorders. Work is done for courts through defence and plaintiff legal teams.

Previously Senior Lecturer at Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Children's Hospital Westmead and Sydney Medical School from 2012 to August 2014

PhD research student for 12 month period (2012 - 2013) at University of Sydney with work done on the Impact of Rare Diseases on children and families.

Research interests

Paediatric private practice in Child Development including learning disorders, attention disorders, autism, school difficulties, communication and language disorders. Medico-legal assessments of children with brain injury, cerebral palsy and developmental disorders.

Teaching and publications in the fields of child development and legal medicine.

Key author of a book published by Elsevier/ Churchill Livingstone 2012: "A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics by Sandra Johnson".

Chapter written for textbook on Legal Medicine: (Ed: Beran) published by Springer 2013.

Research student with APSU for 12 months (2012-2013) - Impact of rare diseases on children and families.

Authorship of several peer reviewed journal articles.

Author and publisher of "Your Child's Development by Dr Sandra Johnson."

Current interests:

  • The influence of Technology on Child Development and on our behaviour.
  • Personal study: Robotics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Health Data Science

Teaching and supervision

Teaching of Medicine and Law to graduate medical students at University of Sydney.

Developing teaching programs within the ACLM.

Teaching developmental and behavioural paediatrics to paediatric registrars.

Teaching of Legal Medicine to paediatric registrars and other doctors.

Teaching on the Masters of Paediatrics Course of the University of Sydney.

Writing books and articles relevant to child development and behavioural paediatrics.

Lectures to teachers, special educators and parent groups on Child Development.

Future interest in teaching in the community about personal responsibility for Health and Healthcare.

Current projects

Current study and research

  • Health Data Science with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Imperial College London

Study and personal research in Technology:

  • Robotics and Society - Course through Queensland University of Technology (Nov-Dec 2016)
  • Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour - Course through University of Warwick, United Kingdom. (April-July 2017)
  • Personal study in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Development of the website for private practice "Child Development Paediaitrics":

  • www.child-development.com.au

Work on website for Australasian College of Legal Medicine

  • www.legalmedicine.com.au

Work being done on a new book:

  • for parents, teachers and carers on learning difficulties.

Associations

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians ( FRACP)

Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH)

Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (FACLM)

President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM).

Previously elected member of the Division of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

Member of the Sydney University Forensic Medicine and Science Network

Member of Lifecourse Research Network USA

Member of the Australian Society of Authors. (ASA)

Selected publications

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Books

  • Johnson, S. (2013). Your Child's Development: Nurturing Healthy Self-Esteem and Relationships. Sydney, Australia: S L J Johnson Pty Ltd.
  • Johnson, S. (2012). A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

Book Chapters

  • Johnson, S. (2013). Legal and Forensic Medicine in Paediatrics. In Roy G Beran (Eds.), Legal and Forensic Medicine, (pp. 79-91). Berlin: Springer. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Menezes, M. (2012). Motor and coordination problems. In Sandra Johnson (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics, (pp. 40-49). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

Journals

  • Zurynski, Y., Deverell, M., Dalkeith, T., Johnson, S., Christodoulou, J., Leonard, H., Elliott, E. (2017). Australian children living with rare diseases: experiences of diagnosis and perceived consequences of diagnostic delays. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S. (2014). Commentary on: 'Analysis of legal claims'. BJOG, 121(1), 9-10. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S. (2013). Paediatric expert witness. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(8), 611-613. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Blair, E., Stanley, F. (2011). Obstetric malpractice litigation and cerebral palsy in term infants. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 18(3), 97-100. [More Information]

2017

  • Zurynski, Y., Deverell, M., Dalkeith, T., Johnson, S., Christodoulou, J., Leonard, H., Elliott, E. (2017). Australian children living with rare diseases: experiences of diagnosis and perceived consequences of diagnostic delays. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2014

  • Johnson, S. (2014). Commentary on: 'Analysis of legal claims'. BJOG, 121(1), 9-10. [More Information]

2013

  • Johnson, S. (2013). Legal and Forensic Medicine in Paediatrics. In Roy G Beran (Eds.), Legal and Forensic Medicine, (pp. 79-91). Berlin: Springer. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S. (2013). Paediatric expert witness. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(8), 611-613. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S. (2013). Your Child's Development: Nurturing Healthy Self-Esteem and Relationships. Sydney, Australia: S L J Johnson Pty Ltd.

2012

  • Johnson, S. (2012). A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Johnson, S., Menezes, M. (2012). Motor and coordination problems. In Sandra Johnson (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics, (pp. 40-49). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

2011

  • Johnson, S., Blair, E., Stanley, F. (2011). Obstetric malpractice litigation and cerebral palsy in term infants. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 18(3), 97-100. [More Information]

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