Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology, Monash University

Dana leads a clinical translational body of scholarship in innovative neuropsychological rehabilitation techniques to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, and enhancing clinician competence in delivering cognitive and psychological interventions. Dana leads the Neurorehabilitation Clinic at the Monash Psychology Centre, which combines provision of evidence-based acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation to the community, world-leading clinical training for doctoral students who learn to deliver these interventions, and a clinical and pedagogical research program. Dana’s clinical research projects focus on the treatment of emotional and cognitive difficulties following ABI. In addition, Dana leads a number of projects focusing on clinician competence, including the development of novel methods of evaluating skill development in clinicians working with people with acquired brain injury, and evaluation of methods of training clinicians in ABI rehabilitation techniques.
Dana completed a Masters/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Western Australia in 2005. She is a registered clinical neuropsychologist, as well as being a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University since 2007.

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre
  • 2007–present
    Senior lecturer, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Western Australia, MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) & PhD

Publications

  • 2017
    Role of valued living and associations with functional outcome following traumatic brain injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Do smartphones have the potential to support cognition and independence following stroke?, Brain Impairment
  • 2017
    Feasibility and efficacy of brief computerized training to improve emotion recognition in premanifest and early-symptomatic Huntington's disease, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
  • 2017
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for post-stroke fatigue and sleep disturbance: a pilot randomised controlled trial with blind assessment, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat sleep disturbance and fatigue following traumatic brain injury: a pilot randomized controlled trial, Archives of Physical Medicine & rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Exploring predictors of treatment outcome in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for sleep disturbance following Acquired Brain Injury, Disability & Rehabilitation
  • 2016
    Efficacy of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression Symptoms following Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychological Medicine
  • 2016
    Smartphones as assistive technology following traumatic brain injury: A preliminary study of what helps and what hinders, Disability & Rehabilitation
  • 2014
    Are Cognitive Screening Tools Sensitive and Specific Enough for Use After Stroke?: A Systematic Literature Review, Stroke
  • 2014
    Development and predictors of psychological adjustment during the course of community-based rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury: A preliminary study, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2014
    Delivery of psychological interventions by clinical neuropsychologists: Current practice in Australia and implications for training, Australian Psychologist
  • 2013
    Factor structure of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in individuals with traumatic brain injury, Brain Injury
  • 2013
    Validity of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in assessing depression and anxiety following traumatic brain injury, Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2012
    Motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety following traumatic brain injury: A pilot randomised controlled trial, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2012
    Exploring variables associated with change in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for anxiety following traumatic brain injury, Disability & Rehabilitation
  • 2012
    A cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) programme for anxiety following moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI): Two case studies, Brain Injury
  • 2012
    Development of a motivational interviewing programme as a prelude to cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety following traumatic brain injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences
  • 2017
    Development of a group facilitation competency checklist
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Monash University
  • 2017
    Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    National Stroke Foundation
  • 2016
    Memory rehabilitation initiative
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health, Victorian State Government
  • 2016
    Pilot randomised controlled trial comparing computer-based memory training and compensatory memory rehabilitation in acquired brain injury
    Role:
    CIG
    Funding Source:
    Epworth Research Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
  • World Federation for Neurorehabilitation
  • International Neuropsychological Society (INS)