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.
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
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
Chair, PBS Community of Practice South Australia
Full member, Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI)
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