Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology, La Trobe University

Dana graduated with a Masters/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology (University of Western Australia) in 2005 and has since maintained active roles in clinical neuropsychology practice, education and research. She commenced her first academic appointment in 2007 at Monash University, and in 2018 took up a position as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She leads the eNACT (Neurorehabilitation And Clinical Translation) Research Group, which focuses on innovative neuropsychological rehabilitation techniques to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, and enhancing clinical implementation of and clinician competence in these evidence-based interventions. Dana founded and directed the Neurorehabilitation Clinic at the Monash Psychology Centre from 2014-2018 to provide evidence-based brain injury rehabilitation to the community, world-leading clinical training for doctoral students who learned to deliver these interventions, and a clinical and pedagogical research program. In recognition of this initiative, Dana was awarded the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education (Innovation in Teaching), and the 2016 Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Clinical Innovation Award. She is an Associate Investigator with the NHMRC Moving Ahead CRE in Brain Recovery and a Future Leader with the CRE in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery. In 2017 Dana led the development of BRAINSPaN, a multidisciplinary network of clinicians and researchers in the brain impairment field.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University
  • 2007–present
    Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre
  • 2016–2018
    Senior lecturer, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
  • 2007–2015
    Lecturer, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University

Education

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

Publications

  • 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 Behavior Therapy to treat sleep disturbance and fatigue following traumatic brain injury: a pilot randomized controlled trial, Archives of Physical Medicine & rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Role of valued living and associations with functional outcome following traumatic brain injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for post-stroke fatigue and sleep disturbance: a pilot randomised controlled trial with blind assessment, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2017
    Do smartphones have the potential to support cognition and independence following stroke?, Brain Impairment
  • 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
    Delivery of psychological interventions by clinical neuropsychologists: Current practice in Australia and implications for training, Australian Psychologist
  • 2014
    Development and predictors of psychological adjustment during the course of community-based rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury: A preliminary study, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • 2013
    Validity of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in assessing depression and anxiety following traumatic brain injury, Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2013
    Factor structure of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in individuals with traumatic brain injury, Brain Injury
  • 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
  • 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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences
  • 2017
    Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    National Stroke Foundation
  • 2017
    Development of a group facilitation competency checklist
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Monash University
  • 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
  • 2016
    Memory rehabilitation initiative
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health, Victorian State Government

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)