Alinka Fisher is a Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career as a Developmental Educator, with 15 years of experience 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 for adults with brain injury.
Alinka coordinates and lectures in PBS within the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support and Bachelor of Developmental Education. She is an active researcher in this field, and a regular presenter at conferences. Alinka is also co-Director of the Association of PBS Australia (APBSA) and Chair of the National Disability and Community Services Network, and provides PBS consultation in the disability sector, including professional development workshops for staff and families.
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
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
Executive Director, Association of Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA)
Chair, National Disability and Community Service Network, APBSA
Chair, PBS Community of Practice South Australia
Full member, Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI)
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