Dr Alinka Fisher

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Dr Alinka Fisher (BDisRehab, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career as a Developmental Educator specialising in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for people with disability, with 18 years of practice-based experience, including clinical supervision, training and consultation. Alinka completed her PhD in PBS for adults with brain injury, with a focus on family involvement. Her research focusses on examining and promoting evidence-based PBS practices for people living with disability, including brain injury and dementia, with emphasis on building community capacity, workorce development and PBS practices that uphold and protect a person's human rights.

Alinka also coordinates the PBS teaching program at Flinders, including topics in the Graduate Certificate in PBS and Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education, and is Chair and Director of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA).


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

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

Topic coordinator
DSRS8131 Positive Behaviour Support: Asssessment and Functional Analysis
DSRS8130 Positive Behaviour Support: Implementation
DSRS8132 Positive Behaviour Support: Practicum and Mentoring Program
Topic lecturer
DSRS8130 Positive Behaviour Support: Implementation
DSRS8131 Positive Behaviour Support: Assessment and Functional Analysis
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
Principal supervisor: Behaviour Support (2)