Dr Alinka Fisher

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

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

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)