ASSBI Student AmbassadorsWe'd like to thank all those Ambassadors from 2021 and hope those of you who have finished your tenure as an ambassador will stay with us as student members. Click here to RENEW as a student member, to see all the benefits of being a member Click here. Membership is still only $80 ($144 for 2 years). ASSBI has student representatives in most States of Australia as well as in New Zealand. We have both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of universities and disciplines, Speech Pathology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, OT, Physiotherapy to name a few.
The National Student Co-ordinator is responsible for supporting ASSBI's student team leaders and ambassadors across Australia and NZ. The student Co-ordinator is supported by the student liaison officer and liases with the executive committee regarding student events and provides updates to students about opportunities for students.
All student representatives receive free ASSBI membership for one year, while Team Leaders and the National Student Co-ordinator also receive a complementary ASSBI conference registration during their tenure.
Dr NICCI GRACE
Student Liaison Officer
National Student Co-ordinator 2022-
Aishani Desai is a PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Macquarie
University in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from the University of
Warwick (UK) and a Master of Science in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from
University College London (UK) and Yale University (USA). Aishani’s current PhD research is focused
on investigating the different cognitive and psychological factors that are associated with return to
productive activity following a traumatic brain injury, under the supervision of Associate Professor
Jenny Batchelor, Dr Vincent Oxenham, Dr Jamie Berry, Dr Anthony Delaney and Dr Naomi Hammond
at Royal North Shore Hospital. She is also currently working as a research assistant in the
Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry at the University of New South Wales
(UNSW) in Sydney. Aishani is passionate about understanding brain-behaviour relationships and its
translational applications to better help diagnostic and interventional efforts.
Team Leader 2022
Donella graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Flinders University in 2020. Currently she is working as a Neurotherapist providing neurofeedback therapy to clients in a clinical setting. Donella also has a keen interest in psychological research, working as a research assistant investigating the psychological impacts of peanut allergy in children and their families, under the supervision of Chief Investigator Dr Billy Tao and Associate Professor Sarah Cohen-Woods. Donella has specific interest in how the brain influences behaviours and cognition, and she aims to pursue a Masters of Neuropsychology.
Student Ambassador 2021-2022
Graham is currently completing his Master of Leadership, and Graduate Certificate in Adult Vocational Education and Training at Deakin University, as well as his Master of Business Administration at Adelaide University. He is working as a Vocational Trainer and Assessor and Compliance Officer at a private College, where he teaches Diploma of Leadership and Management, Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Counselling, Certificate 4 Disability, Senior First Aid, and Child Safe Environments Training.
He has previously worked in various roles in the brain injury field for over 25 years and has dedicated himself to learning as much as possible about brain injury rehabilitation, since he himself is a brain injury survivor. He particularly has a passion to learn about Metacognitive strategies and errorless learning training in order to assist people living with brain injury to return to study and help them achieve their goals.