ASSBI Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
41st ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2018 ADELAIDE
Student Ambassadors 
We are currently seeking applications from students to join the ASSBI student representative team for 2017 from Western Australia and Sydney We encourage both undergraduate and graduate students from all universities and all disciplines (Speech Pathology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, OT, Physiotherapy) to apply as soon as possible to our student co-ordinator, Anna Carmichael Please send CV and specify which position(s) you are applying for. Download the flyer
ASSBI Student Coordinator Anna Carmichael Doctor of Psychology (Clin Neuro) candidate, Monash University Anna Carmichael is a current Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Monash University. Her doctoral research is investigating autobiographical memory and reminiscence in Huntington’s disease, under the supervision of Professor Julie Stout and Dr Matthew Mundy. Anna has worked as a research assistant in the Stout Laboratory since 2014. Prior to commencing studies at Monash University, she completed her previous tertiary education in the United States, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology in 2012, and with a Master’s degree in Psychology in 2014. ASSBI Social Media Officer Lizzie Beadle Social Media  Lizzie is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist based in Brisbane, Australia. She completed her professional doctorate at the University of Queensland, and her dissertation involved piloting an anger management program for children with acquired brain injuries. She has broad experience working clinically with children and adults, and their families, with acquired brain injuries. In 2013 she returned to complete her PhD at Griffith University, with a particular focus on changes to identity after brain injury. She is also the coordinator for a multi-site NHMRC funded project examining learning new skills after brain injury. She is passionate about working with and empowering people with brain injuries, and hopes to promote client centered interventions for psycho-social issues after brain injury. Team Newcastle Joel Wolfgram Team Leader 2017 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle Joel is a second year Psychology student at University of Newcastle. He has a keen interest in early childhood psychology with a particular interest in neuropsychology. His is experienced working with children with a range of impairments as a result of his work as an early childhood teacher. After liaising with psychologists and speech pathologists in his role he decided to undertake a psychology degree to further enhance his skills in assisting children with impairments and educating and assisting their families. Lisa Burand-Hicks Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Newcastle Lisa has a background in English teaching and her studies have ignited in her the interest for linguistics in the context of neurology.  Lisa is currently studying Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle. Commencing her third year and having completed two clinical placements, Lisa hopes to bring her skills into the team and is looking forward to learn more about neurology. Ashlea Tullipan Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), University of Newcastle Ashlea is a fourth year Psychology student at the University of Newcastle. She has an in interest in biological and cognitive psychology and looking at all areas of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. She is also interested in the recovery and rehabilitation of stroke survivors, particularly the cognitive effects and psychological well-being. Ashley works for the University of Newcastle as an AVID tutor which entails tutoring and mentoring high school students on the Central Coast. Team Sydney Isabella Hoi Kei Leung Team Leader 2017 PhD (Medicine) candidate, University of Sydney Isabella Leung completed her Masters of Brain and Mind Sciences in 2014 and is currently a PhD candidate with the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. Her area of research is in dementia prevention using non-pharmacological interventions. She is the recipient of numerous post-graduate scholarships for research into dementia such as the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund:Leslie Rich Scholarship for Research into Dementia, Alzheimer’s Australia Half-funded Post Graduate Scholarship, and the NHMRC Post graduate scholarship. She is also a registered acupuncturist and herbalist and is an accredited allied health consultant at the Royal Rehab (Ryde), treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke and spinal injury patients. Isabella is passionate about the innovation and integration of multidisciplinary principles and practices to constantly enrich the patients’ recovery experience from neuro-cognitive impairment Isabella Size Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney Isabella is a third year Occupational therapy student at the University of Sydney. Isabella’s interest in Traumatic Brain Injury stems from family experience, and has led her to continue her studies in the area of occupational therapy. She is particularly interested in the contributions that occupational therapy can make to improve quality of life after diagnosis, both for the person and that person’s support network. An Truong Student Ambassador 2017 PhD, University of Sydney An Truong is a PhD candidate at the Regenerative Neuroscience Group (Brain Mind Centre, University of Sydney). Her research interests focus on brain neurogenesis and regeneration in neurodegenerative disorders, in particular Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. An’s current project aims to elucidate the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of skin-derived neural precursors as a novel source of autologous stem cells for regenerative therapies. An was recently awarded a Travel Scholarship to present her work at the 2016 International Society of Stem Cell Research Meeting in San Francisco, USA. An is also the 2017 recipient of the Leslie Rich Scholarship for Dementia Research. Outside her academic interests, An is passionate about promoting neuroscience Emma May Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Australian Catholic University Team Brisbane Seline Fallon Team Leader 2016-2017 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), The University of Queensland Seline is a full-time student commencing her fourth year in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) program at The University of Queensland in 2016. From her three years of learning so far she has studied areas of speech, language, voice and neurogenic disorders. She has developed particular interest in the impact of speech, language and cognitive processes that result from brain impairment and injury and hopes to further her understanding in these areas. Lee Cubis Student Ambassador 2017 PhD (Clinical Psychology) candidate, Griffith University Lee is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in Brisbane, QLD. He has worked in the fields of disability, brain injury and rehabilitation since 2002, and commenced his PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Tamara Ownsworth and Professor Suzanne Chambers. Lee’s PhD thesis is an investigation of the social impact of primary brain tumour, how people stay connected to their social networks, and how this influences adjustment and psychological wellbeing after brain tumour. Throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate training, Lee has worked as a support worker for people with traumatic brain injury, brain tumour, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease. He is passionate about evidence based interventions that can be adapted for people within these populations, and how to best support professionals in the care industry.  Tahlia Baumann Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), University of Queensland Tahlia is in her 3rd year of a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) at the University of Queensland. She has keen interests in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and has particularly enjoyed learning psychotherapies and the impact of various disorders on different functions of the areas of the brain, respectively. Tahlia has been an active advocate for mental health, through her work as a youth advisory member at CAPS and as Equity Officer at her residential college. She also volunteers regularly with Red Cross and UQ, and enjoys creating meaningful relationships, support and motivation for people of all ages. She hopes to complete postgraduate studies in the future and pursue a career in clinical work. Olivia Galea  Student Ambassador 2017 PhD (Physiotherapy) candidate  Olivia is a current PhD candidate at the University of Queensland under Dr’s Shaun O’Leary and Julia Treleaven. Her research focus is the identification of sensorimotor impairments which outlast usual recovery time following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion. This research focus aligns with Olivia’s experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, having completed her Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UQ in 2007. Through her research she hopes to increase community awareness of the potential for rehabilitation to improved outcomes and prevent recurrence following MTBI. Team Far North Queensland Claire McMillan Student Ambassador 2017 PhD (Neuropsychology) candidate, James Cook University   Claire McMillan is currently completing a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology at James Cook University in Townsville. Her research investigates the long-term recovery of head injury patients and the potential use of a Positive Health framework in the understanding of recovery and preventative interventions. She is also a Clinical Research Co-ordinator in Neurosurgery at the Townsville Hospital. Claire hopes to develop positive interventions aimed at treating the development of mental illness after traumatic brain injury. From her studies and experience, she has gained a particular interest in bridging the gap between neuropsychological, psychological and biological functioning in order to understand the development, progression and treatment of head injury and neurodegenerative diseases. Haydan Bonaccorsi  Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Psychological Science, James Cook University Hayden is a third year student at James Cook University studying a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. Hayden has become increasingly interested in neuropsychology through his coursework and volunteer positions, and hopes to become a registered psychologist in the future, specialising in clinical neuropsychology after completing his undergraduate degree. Team Adelaide Alinka Fisher Team Leader 2016-2018 PhD candidate, Flinders University, SA Alinka Fisher is a current PhD candidate at Flinders University. Her doctoral research is investigating family involvement in community-based neurobehavioural support for individuals with brain injury. She has developed and piloted a family-directed behaviour support (FDBS) program, which aims to empower family caregivers in promoting positive behaviours and responding to behaviours of concern following brain injury. Alinka has a Bachelor of Disability and Community Rehabilitation (First Class Honours), and specialises in positive behaviour support. She has broad experience in supporting adults with brain injury and children with autism with complex behaviour needs, with a strong focus on family collaboration Cassandra Lee Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Flinders University Cassandra Lee is a fourth year Bachelor of Speech Pathology student from Flinders University. She has completed clinical placements with both paediatric and adult populations in areas of speech, language and voice. In addition to this, she has undertaken observations in Singapore in inpatient and outpatient settings. Cassandra has a passion for learning languages and is particularly interested in in the loss of first and second languages in acquired and degenerative conditions.  Georgia Swain Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Flinders University Georgia is currently completing her final year of Honours in Psychology at Flinders University, South Australia. Following third year placement she has gained a stronger interest in neuropsychology and in particular, assisting individuals with brain injury in terms of rehabilitation and involvement within the community.   Team Melbourne Hannah Coyle Team Leader 2017 Doctor of Psychology (Clin Neuro) candidate, Monash University Hannah Coyle completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of  Wollongong in 2012 and worked as a Research Assistant in the Brain Stimulation team  at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) from 2014-2015. She commenced her PhD in 2016 and transferred to the Clinical Neuropsychology Doctorate in 2017. Her research is investigating the relationship between functional connectivity and cognitive function after traumatic brain injury under the supervision of A/Prof Kate Hoy and Prof Jennie Ponsford. Nicole Stefanac Student Ambassador 2017 Doctor of Psychology (Clin Neuro) candidate, Monash University Nicole Stefanac is a current Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Monash University. Her doctoral research is investigating attentional processes in developmental dyslexia using electrophysiological measures, under the supervision of Professor Mark Bellgrove. Nicole has experience working with individuals with acquired intellectual disability and children with learning difficulties, which served to spark her interest in the area of brain development and neuro-rehabilitation. Vincci Lee Student Ambassador 2017 Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Monash University Vincci is studying Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at Monash University. In mid-year 2016, she relocated to Melbourne from Canberra, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) at the Australian National University. Vincci has been enthusiastic in both psychology and occupational therapy research studies where she previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Occupational Therapy at Monash University and various psychology laboratories at overseas including the University of Hong Kong and University of British Columbia in Canada. She has been very interested in neuropsychology since her undergraduate and now ABI is one of her latest area of interest after studying Occupational Therapy. She likes music, yoga and riding her bike (back in Canberra!). Courtney Baxter Student Ambassador 2017 Doctor of Psychology (Clin Neuro) candidate, Monash University Courtney Baxter is a current Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Monash University. Her doctoral research is investigating agitation during the period of Post Traumatic Amnesia after a Traumatic Brain Injury, under the supervision of Professor Jennie Ponsford and Dr. Adam McKay. Courtney currently works as a research assistant at the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre. Prior to commencing her doctorate, she completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons in Psychology) at the University of Melbourne and her undergraduate Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Monash University, majoring in neuroscience and pharmacology. Team Perth Annique Lynch Team Leader 2017 Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Curtin University Annique is a current final year Speech Pathology student at Curtin University. Her interest in speech and language stems from family experience and she has a particular interest in the adult client population. Annique has completed clinical placements with both paediatric and adult populations but it is her current placement at Brightwater Oats Street, working with adult ABI clients, where she has found her niche Candy Cheung Student Ambassador 2017 PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Western Australia Candy Cheung is a final year student enrolled in the combined Masters/PhD program in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia. She completed her PhD in 2015 investigating memory updating ability in individuals with high and low autistic- like traits, under the supervision of Assoc/Prof Ullrich Ecker and Prof Murray Maybery. Candy has developed a keen interest in neurological and neurodegenerative disorders in neuropsychological assessments after a clinical placement at Flinders Medical Centre, supervised by Dr Tony Kneebone, and is looking forward to gaining more experience in neurology. She also has an interest in forensic and legal work within clinical neuropsychology, and has completed a clinical placement in a youth detention centre, and currently works at Patches Paediatrics assisting in the reports for referrals through the justice system. Phemie White Student Ambassador 2017 Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Curtin University Phemie is a 4th year Speech Pathology student at Curtin University. During her studies she has learnt about communication disorders in both paediatric and adult populations. Of particular interest to her is the speech, language, and swallowing impairments that result from progressive neurological disorders. Phemie has seen firsthand the impact that this can have on not only the sufferer, but also their support network. She is interested in learning more about the therapy and support available for both the patient and their families. Team Tasmania John Murphy Student Ambassador 2017 Master of Psychology (Clinical) University of Tasmania John Murphy is a provisionally registered psychologist, hoping to raise the profile of ASSBI in Tasmania. He completed his undergraduate psychology at Charles Sturt University, with a focus on Acquired Brain Injury. He is currently on placement at the Community Rehabilitation Unit helping people with various Neurological conditions maintain a meaningful life. John is also heavily involved in Multiple Sclerosis research, conducting an ongoing study into the link between sleep and fatigue, as well as being part of the development team for a CBT intervention to help people with MS stay in the workforce. Team New Zealand Sophie Hedley Team Leader 2017 PhD (Psychology) candidate, Victoria University of Wellington Sophie Hedley is currently a PhD student in cognitive neuroscience at Victoria University. She completed her bachelor of science (hons) at Victoria University primarily in the areas of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Her interests include cognitive models and neurological correlates of creativity and cognitive processing more generally. She is also a clinical psychology student with a particular interest in clinical neuropsychology. Emma Ashcroft Student Ambassador 2017 PhD (Neuroscience) candidate, Victoria University of Wellington Emma is a PhD student at Victoria University looking at dyslexia through the lens of cognitive neuropsychology. In doing so, her research aims test theoretical models of reading and dyslexia in the brain and mind. Her project primarily involves working with children and adolescents showing dyslexic reading patterns, developing tailored intervention techniques that she runs with each individual in one-on-one sessions. She hopes to continue to understanding more about reading, dyslexia and other development disorders.
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