College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr Alinka Fisher is a Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She began her career as a Developmental Educator specialising in behaviour support for people with disability. She has 18 years of practice-based experience in providing positive behaviour support to people with brain injury, autism spectrum disorders and dementia, and completed her PhD in positive behaviour support for adults with acquired brain injury.
Alinka is an active researcher in positive behaviour support, and a regular presenter at conferences. Her research focusses on establishing effective systems and building family and community capacity to support effective behaviour support practices that increase quality of life and reducing risk of harm to people with disability. She also coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support at Flinders University, and is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA) and Chair of the National Disability and Community Services Network, APBSA.
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
2020 VPED Education Award
2019 Research Award - Early Career Researcher
2019 Vice President's Teaching Excellence Award
2016 Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) Development Grant
2015 Research Higher Degree Publication Award, Flinders University
2013 Peter Meffin Memorial Scholarship, Flinders University
2013 Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) Scholarship
Board of Directors, 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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