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ASSBI Student Ambassadors

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.

Student roles with ASSBI include a National Student Co-ordinator, Regional Team Leaders and Student Ambassadors.  

The National Student Co-ordinator is responsible for supporting ASSBI's student team leaders and ambassadors across Australia and NZ. The student Co-ordinator liases with the executive committee regarding student events and provides updates to students about opportunities for students.

Team Leaders & student ambassadors are responsible for coordinating and organising events to promote ASSBI in their region throughout the year.

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 DANA WONG
Student Liaison Officer


 TEAM ADELAIDE


Alinka Fisher

Team Leader 2016-2018
PhD candidate, Flinders University

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 SYDNEY


Isabella Hoi Kei Leung

Team Leader 2017
PhD (Medicine) candidate, University of Sydney

ileu6691@uni.sydney.edu.au

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 to the wider community and regularly participates in professional activities such as the annual Brain Awareness Program by the Australian Neuroscience Society and the Scientists in Schools Program by the CSIRO. An hopes to bring this enthusiasm and a young researcher’s perspectives to ASSBI and assists in promoting the organisation’s influence and objectives both within Australia and internationally.

EMMA MAY

Student Ambassador 2017
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Australian Catholic University


 Team Newcastle


Joel Wolfgram

Team Leader 2017
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), University of Newcastle

Joel is a 3rd Psychology student at the University of Newcastle. His interest and passion lies with early intervention with particular focus on how the brain plays in the development of children as well of as the effects brain injuries at an early age may have and how they can be treated. Currently Joel works in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy with autistic children as well as working with children with additional needs in preschools. Joel was a student ambassador with ASSBI in 2016. 



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 Melbourne 


Hannah Coyle

Team Leader 2017
Doctor of Psychology (Clin Neuro) candidate, Monash University

hannah.coyle@monash.edu

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 BRISBANE


Seline Fallon

Team Leader 2017
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons), The University of Queensland

seline.fallon@uq.net.au

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), University of Queensland


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. 


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t: 0425 220622

PO Box 64, 
Randwick
NSW 2031
Australia

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