PhD Candidate and Research Associate, University of Technology Sydney

Melissa (Liss) Brunner is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) investigating the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her research will yield important insights into how people with TBI might be supported to use Twitter for communication, participation, and inclusion in online communities. The research is supervised by Professor Bronwyn Hemsley at UTS, Associate Professor Stuart Palmer at Deakin University, Dr Stephen Dann at the Australian National University, and Professor Leanne Togher at the University of Sydney. Melissa’s research is supported in part by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship through UTS.
Liss is a clinician and early career researcher with over fifteen years of experience in the assessment and management of adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. Her clinical and research expertise is in acquired neurologic disorders, particularly working with people who experience stroke and traumatic brain injury. She has also developed specialist skills in evaluating research methodology and proficiency in electronic data management, including social media platforms through her ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice and involvement in


  • 2018–present
    Research Associate, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2012–2018
    Research Assistant, University of Sydney
  • 2014–2018
    PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle


  • 2012 
    University of Newcastle, MHlthSc(StrokeManagement)
  • 2001 
    University of Sydney, BaAppSc(SpeechPath)