2017 ASSBI Webinar Series

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McKay Moore Sohlberg
Prof Sohlberg has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Oregon since 1994. She is the proud director of the Communication Disorders and Sciences program. Prof Sohlberg is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to address deficits in attention, memory and executive functions following acquired brain injury. She is particularly interested in the development of treatments that mitigate cognitive effects for individuals with brain injury in the post acute phase, including individuals with persistent cognitive effects following concussive injuries and individuals who are attempting to pursue postsecondary education following brain trauma. Prof Sohlberg has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as co-authored three leading textbooks in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. She is supported by a number of federal grants that focus on the development and evaluation of assistive technology for cognition and the evaluation of attention training. Prof Sohlberg teaches graduate courses related to cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based practice and supervises in the CDS PhD program. She also co-directs the cognitive rehabilitation clinic in the College of Education HEDCO clinic.
Prof Sohlberg is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds the HEDCO Endowed Professorship and has received a number of honors for her teaching and research. Prof Sohlberg serves on several committees charged with the development of evidence-based practice guidelines for the treatment of traumatic brain injury within the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.
When not focusing on her administrative, teaching and research commitments, she can be found spending time with her three daughters or exploring the running, hiking and cycling trails in the great Northwest.
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Jennifer Fleming
Professor Jennifer Fleming is an occupational therapy researcher and academic with 30 years clinical and research experience in the field of neurological rehabilitation. She holds the position of Professor in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Jenny was awarded her PhD in 1996, and has been an active researcher, postgraduate student supervisor, and presenter since then. She has published her work in over 190 publications to date including journal articles, book chapters and a text book. Jenny is a chief investigator on a Centre for Research Excellence in traumatic brain injury recovery funded by the National Health and Medical Research Centre in Australia and has attracted AUD$6.3 million in funding for her research. She is Co-editor-in-Chief of the journal Brain Impairment. Her research focuses on cognitive rehabilitation, particularly in the areas of memory and self-awareness, and improving psychosocial outcomes for people with brain injury. With the aim of translating research findings into practice, Jenny has presented cognitive rehabilitation workshops to occupational therapists across all Australian states.
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Vicki Anderson
Vicki Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist with 30 years clinical, research and teaching experience working with children with brain insult and chronic illness and their families. She has a strong commitment to professional training and practice, and a long-standing involvement with the Australian Psychological Society, including the Professional Developemnt and Accreditation Committee and was vice-president of the Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria. She was a founding member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychology. She was a member of the academic staff at the University of Melbourne for 10 years and was appointed Prof/Director of Psychology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2002. In 2005 she took up the role of Director, Clinical Sciences Research, at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research interests are in disorders of childhood that impact on the brain, and child and parent-focused interventions for these families. Her research group, the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (ACCNS), was established in 2000, and is funded through competitive research grants and includes senior researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD scholars. She is consulting editor for Child Neuropsychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, and Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and past editorial board member of JINS. She is Associate Editor of two journals in her field: ‘Journal of Neuropsychology’ (British Psychological Society) and ‘Neuropsychology’ (American Psychological Association). She has held an NHMRC Senior Practitioner fellowship since 2009 and has published five books and 250+ papers in peer-reviewed journals, and obtained competitive grants totaling over $20 million. She has delivered over 70 invited keynote addresses at international scientific meetings, including several peak bodies in her field, including the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, The International Neuropsychological Association, and the International Brain Injury Association.
She has been Chair of the NHMRC Psychology and Psychiatry panel on 4 occasions, a member of the NHMRC Assignors Academy and serves on the NHMRC principal committee, the Australian Human Ethics Committee. She was an elected member of Board of Governors of the International Neuropsychological Society.
She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, the APS and ASSBI and is a founding fellow of AAHMS
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Iona Novak
Professor Iona Novak is the Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University. Iona is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement.
In 2005 she co-founded the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute with the Chief Executive Officer for the purpose of: research development and dissemination, leading to prevention, cure and reduction of adverse effects for those living with cerebral palsy.
Driven by an internal belief that healthcare truly has the potential to change lives, Iona has pursued projects and roles with the greatest possible impact on children and families today and tomorrow’s world. For example, leadership of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.
Iona has a background in occupational therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity. Her PhD was completed at the University of Western Sydney, in the area of home program intervention for children with cerebral palsy.
In her current work, she has continued her research interest in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, goal-directed training, botulinum toxin and population studies for cerebral palsy.
In the last 10 years she has given over 130 international and national keynotes and invited lectures and been award over $20mil in research grants funding.
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Michael Perdices
Dr Michael Perdices trained in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne, under the tutelage of Dr Kevin Walsh, and has 34 years clinical and research experience. His doctoral research was on the patterns of neuropsychological impairment in Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection. He has over 45 publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences.. For the last 20 years Dr Perdices has worked in the Department of Neurology at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. His clinical work primarily involves assessment and diagnosis of acquired brain injury in a broad spectrum of acute and chronic neurological conditions. His past research has focused on alcohol related brain damage, HIV/AIDS dementia, neuropsychiatric conditions and post-traumatic amnesia following head injury. More recent research interests include single case experimental designs methodology and research knowledge translation into clinical practice. Dr Perdices is a member of the Australian team responsible for the creation of PsycBITE, a web-based database and resource for the development and promotion of evidence-based clinical practice. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, in The University of Sydney Medical School, Northern Clinical School, Discipline of Psychiatry, has provided clinical supervision for Master of Clinical Psychology students and academic supervision for Masters and PhD students. He has also taught the Applied Psychometrics course for three years in the Master of Clinical Psychology course at the University of Sydney. Dr Perdices has been a member of ASSBI since 1983 and a member of the Royal North Shore Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee since 1998. He is on the Editorial Board of the scientific journals Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Brain Impairment, and is a member of the Executive Committees of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, and the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation Special Interest Group in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
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