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Skye McDonald
Professor
Skye McDonald is a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of New South Wales. Skye worked clinically for years in neurology, brain injury rehabilitation and dementia. She currently leads a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery. Skye has 115 peer reviewed publications, 19 book chapters and edited volumes. She is Consulting Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Her research is in disorders in social, emotional and communication processes after traumatic brain injury. She has developed The Awareness of Social Inference Test (TASIT) as a widely used assessment tool to measure social cognition and pragmatic language and a number of treatment programs to remediate emotion perception, social skills and communication. Along with colleagues she developed PsycBITE, an internet database indexing all studies ever published (4,000+) that evaluate treatment for psychological disorders arising from any kind of brain disorder www.psycbite.com. Trials published on PsycBITE are rated for methodological rigour. To this end she and the PsycBITE team have developed rating scales and publishing guidelines for single case experimental designs.
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Michelle Kelly
Dr
University of Newcastle
Dr Michelle Kelly has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD from the University of NSW. Dr Kelly joined the University of Newcastle in June 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Dr Kelly’s research focuses on understanding social functioning in dementia and following traumatic brain injury. She measures physiological indices to examine the processes underlying our ability to understand and respond to social cues in everyday life. Dr Kelly has worked as a Clinical Psychologist with children, adults and older adults within mental health services. She has worked with adults and children with traumatic brain injury, young adults with intellectual disability, and adults with dementia
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Beth Armstrong
Professor
Professor Beth Armstrong is from Edith Cowan University, WA, Australia. Professor Armstrong’s research is in the area of aphasia – language difficulty after stroke. In particular, her work focuses on the application of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory to the everyday discourse of people with aphasia to assist in both diagnosis and treatment issues, and investigates the social ramifications of the disorder for both the person with aphasia and their family. Professor Armstrong presents regularly at both national and international Speech Pathology and Linguistics conferences and has published widely in the area of aphasia. She has been invited to represent Australia on several international working parties on aphasia, including one developing the Talkbank Project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (a large web-based corpus of speech samples gathered for the purpose of international collaborative research in the field of adult communication disorders) (2005), and the Aphasia Think Tank at the Aphasia Center in Toronto (2007), an ongoing project aimed to develop international collaboration in social approaches to aphasia treatment.
Professor Armstrong was founding Editor of Advances in Speech Language Pathology, now entitled the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, has been Guest Editor of the Clinical Aphasiology Conference special issues of the journal Aphasiology from 2007 - 2010, and is on numerous international editorial boards.
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Leanne Togher
Professor
University of Sydney
Professor Leanne Togher is a speech pathologist who has worked in the area of communication disorders following acquired brain injury for over 25 years. Leanne's work has focused on ways of improving the communication of people with brain injury in two ways. Firstly, she has evaluated direct communication treatment approaches for the person with TBI and secondly, she has empirically evaluated training programs for families and community agencies. Leanne has published training packages for law and justice personnel in conjunction with the Attorney General's Department of NSW. In 2012, she launched a new treatment resource aimed at improving everyday communication for people with brain injury and their families, called TBI Express.. This treatment was proven as part of an NHMRC funded clinical trial and is now available for clinicians, people with brain injury, their families, friends and carers. Further trials are being undertaken with TBI Express at The University of Montreal in collaboration with Leanne’s colleagues, Professor Claire Croteau and Professor Guylaine LeDorze. TBI Express will also be evaluated as part of a telehealth clinical trial for people with TBI and their families in 2013-2014.
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Robyn Tate
Professor
John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Sydney
Dr Robyn Tate is Professor Emerita at the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Her background is in clinical and neuropsychology, and she has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury. Robyn has published widely with more than 200 scientific publications, and has written two books on (i) single-case methodology, and (ii) health outcome instruments for acquired brain impairment. Research interests include methodology of single-case designs, evidence-based clinical practice, early recovery and long-term outcome after traumatic brain injury, and instrument development. Robyn is the current President of ASSBI.
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Grahame Simpson
Professor
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research
Grahame is Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research in Liverpool Sydney. He is Associate Professor at Griffith University and a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. He has dual professional qualifications as a social worker and psychologist, and has worked for the past 30 years as a clinician and researcher based at the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Sydney. Grahame’s research interests focus around positive adjustment to traumatic brain injury in the areas of suicide prevention, sexual health, challenging behaviour, psychosocial re-integration and family resilience. He is a past NHMRC research fellow and Luria prize winner; he was an invited participant in the WHO ICF TBI Core sets consensus conference and has served on several other national and international advisory committees. He is current Co-Editor of Brain Impairment; member of two other editorial boards (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; Australian Social Work); convenor of the National Research Committee of the Australian Association of Social Workers; and co-founder of the International Network of Social Workers in Acquired Brain Injury.
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Libby Callaway
Associate Professor
Monash University / Occupational Therapy Department, School of Primary and Allied Health Care
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Alinka Fisher
Dr
Flinders University
Dr Alinka Fisher is a Developmental Educator with 12 years of experience in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for individuals with ASD and ABI with complex behaviour support needs. Alinka completed her PhD in PBS, during which she developed and trialled the FAB-PBS program for individuals with ABI and their families. Alinka coordinates and lectures in PBS within the Bachelor of Developmental Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She is an active researcher in this field and is a regular presenter at conferences and forums. Alinka is also the Chair of the PBS Community of Practice in South Australia and provides PBS consultation in the disability sector, including professional development workshops for staff and families.
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Katherine Cameron
Ms
Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service, QLD Health
Kate is a Senior Speech Pathologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service (ABI TRS). This is a 5-year pilot project for the state-wide Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service in Queensland. In this role Kate leads portfolios in service communication and workplace culture. Kate has worked with people with communication impairments for 10 years and has an interest in cognitive communication impairments and how these impact on a person’s ability to return to work and study. Kate combines her role as a clinical speech pathologist with roles in corporate communications in the arts and science sectors, giving her a deep understanding of communication skills required in a range of different workplaces.
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Juli Coffin
Professor
Professor Julianne (Juli) Coffin is an Aboriginal Western Australian who has traditional ties to her grandparentts' country in the Pilbara region (Nyangumarta). She is the Ellison Professor Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute in the Kimberley. Professor Coffin is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with research expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion. With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning Professor Coffin combines her education and cultural learnings to deliver the outstanding translation of research into practice that is always of an impeccable standard.
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Tamara Ownsworth
Professor
Griffith University
Prof Ownsworth (BA(Hons), PhD) is a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in psychosocial assessment and interventions for people with brain injury. She is a Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University and Leader of the Neuroscience, Ageing and Dementia research group, Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. A major stream of her research focuses in delivery of counselling and rehabilitation programs via telehealth platforms. Her webinar will describe the outcomes of a pilot study on the feasibility and acceptability of psychological support delivered via videoconferencing for people with brain cancer.
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Elizabeth Beadle
Dr
ABI TRS, Queensland Health
Dr Elizabeth Beadle is a Clinical and Neuropsychologist with a research and clinical interest in supporting individuals and their families after acquired brain injury. She is currently employed as a psychologist for the ABI Transitional Rehabilitation Service (TRS). She has previously been employed through several brain injury and mental health services across Brisbane. Lizzie’s PhD investigated changes in identity after a severe TBI in adulthood. Her clinical and research interests include mental health, self awareness, and self identity after ABI; technology enhanced rehabilitation; and positive behavior support. Lizzie is also currently the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment’s Social Media Officer, and encourages you to join her on Twitter.
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Olivier Piguet
Professor
University of Sydney
Olivier is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Sydney. A clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years clinical experience in the field of ageing and neurodegeneration, he is the co-director of FRONTIER, the frontotemporal dementia clinical research group. Olivier trained in Geneva and Melbourne and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. His research investigates early clinical markers of frontotemporal dementia and related younger-onset dementia syndromes. He is particularly interested in the biological correlates underlying changes in social cognition, memory and executive function in these disorders. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.
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Megan Topping
Ms
Summer Foundation
Prof Ownsworth (BA(Hons), PhD) is a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in psychosocial assessment and interventions for people with brain injury. She is a Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University and Leader of the Neuroscience, Ageing and Dementia research group, Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. A major stream of her research focuses in delivery of counselling and rehabilitation programs via telehealth platforms. Her webinar will describe the outcomes of a pilot study on the feasibility and acceptability of psychological support delivered via videoconferencing for people with brain cancer.
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Liss Brunner
Ms
University of Sydney
Liss is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and early career researcher. She has over eighteen years of experience in the assessment and management of adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. Her clinical and research expertise is in eHealth and acquired neurologic disorders, particularly working with people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a stroke. She has just commenced in a five year post-doctoral research role at the University of Sydney and submitted her PhD thesis at the University of Technology Sydney documenting her findings from investigating the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by people with TBI. You can find her tweeting about life and research @LissBEE_CPSP.
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Rachael Rietdijk
Dr
University of Sydney
Rachael is a speech pathologist and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. She completed her PhD in 2019 at The University of Sydney, focused on the development and evaluation of the TBIconneCT program. She is currently working on a project funded by icare NSW, which is focusing on the development of online tools to support communication skills after brain injury.
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Jaycie Bohan
Ms
Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service
Jaycie Bohan is a research assistant working on the evaluation of the Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service (ABI TRS). She has worked in research roles in non-profit, government and university settings. Her area of research interest is the psychosocial wellbeing of individuals living with acquired disability, particularly ABI, and/or communication difficulties (including post-stroke aphasia) and their families. She also works as a paediatric speech pathologist.
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Nina Wegener
Ms
Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service, QLD Health
Nina has worked as a Speech Pathologist, specialising in rehabilitation and brain injury, both in Australia and internationally. She currently works in the newly-established Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service, at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. In this role, she has led the development of an innovative interdisciplinary group therapy program and contributed to the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary goal setting process. Her current projects are looking at the practical application of communication therapy in vocational rehabilitation pathways and multidisciplinary treatment of changes to social cognition post brain injury.
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