Dr Alinka Fisher

Associate Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S259)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Alinka Fisher is a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Disability and Community Incusion Unit, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career as a Developmental Educator, with a background in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) with complex behavioural issues. As part of her PhD, Alinka developed and trialled the FAB-PBS program, which is now being trialled in a larger feasibility study funded by the Lifetime Support Authority.

Alinka coordinates and lectures in PBS within the Bachelor of Developmental Education. She also provides PBS consultation in the disability sector, including professional development training for staff and family support workshops through Families4Families Inc.

Qualifications

PhD - Flinders University (2017)

Family-Directed Approach to Brain Injury in Community Settings: The Development of a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Program

Bachelor of Disability and Community Rehabilitation with Honours (First Class) - Flinders University (2011)

An Exploration of the Psychosocial Effects of Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures

Honours, awards and grants

2017-2019 Lifetime Support Authority Research Grant: $155,000. Positive Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas

2016 Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) Development Grant

2015 Research Higher Degree Publication Award, Flinders University

2013 Peter Meffin Memorial Scholarship, Flinders University

Research expertise
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Disability
Research interests
  • Community-based supports following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Positive Behaviour Support

Alinka Fisher is the primary researcher in a two year research study examining Positive Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. This project is funded by the Lifetime Support Authority (2017-2018: $155,000) to examine the feasibility of the FAB-Positive Behaviour Support program for caregivers following TBI. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas

Topic coordinator
DSRS3221 Positive Behaviour Support
DSRS1216 Principles of Learning
Topic lecturer
DSRS3221 Positive Behaviour Support
DSRS1216 Principles of Learning
Supervisory interests
Acquired brain injury
Autism, behaviour intervention
Behaviour management
Dementia, behavioural intervention
Disability and community rehabilitation
Disability support workers
Disability, qualitative research
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Behaviour Support (2)
Publications

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