Ms Alana Fisher

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Matilda Centre

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Biographical details

Alana completed her PhD in Psychology at The University of Sydney in 2018. Her doctoral research investigated patient, family and clinician views and experiences of treatment decision-making in bipolar II disorder, which informed the design and evaluation of two decision-support tools (a decision-aid booklet and website). These world-first patient decision-aids aimed to assist patients to make more active and informed treatment decisions with their clinician and family, based on the best available evidence and their personal preferences. Alana joined The Matilda Centre in January 2019 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she plans to develop and evaluate a suite of decision-aids for patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders deciding on early intervention and treatments. In addition to her research work within the Matilda Centre, Alana is a current associate lecturer and supervisor to students within the University's School of Psychology.

Research interests

  • Clinician-patient(-family) communication and decision-making in healthcare
  • Shared decision-making in medical, mental health and substance use treatment settings
  • Development and evaluation of patient information and decision-support resources
  • E-mental health interventions
  • Mood and bipolar-related disorders
  • Comorbid mental health disorders and substance use disorders
  • Early intervention and treatment

Teaching and supervision

  • Lecturer in PSYC2010/2910 Brain and Behaviour (Depression and bipolar disorders)

Selected grants

2017

  • Enhancing treatment decision-making in bipolar II disorder: Evaluation of a decision-aid for young adults; Juraskova I, Manicavasagar V, Sharpe L, Fisher A, Anderson J; Australian Rotary Health/Mental Health Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2018). A qualitative exploration of patient and family views and experiences of treatment decision-making in bipolar II disorder. Journal of Mental Health, 27(1), 66-79. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Anderson, J., Manicavasagar, V., Juraskova, I. (2018). Development and pilot of a decision-aid for patients with bipolar II disorder and their families making decisions about treatment options to prevent relapse. PloS One, 13(7), e0200490. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2018). Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Treatment Decision-making in Bipolar II Disorder: Clinicians' Perspective. Australian Psychologist, 53(1), 40-51. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Costa, D., Anderson, J., Manicavasagar, V., Juraskova, I. (2018). Phase II Randomised Controlled Trial of a patient decision-aid website to improve treatment decision-making for young adults with bipolar II disorder: A feasibility study protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 12, 137-144. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A Qualitative Exploration of Clinician Views and Experiences of Treatment Decision-Making in Bipolar II Disorder. Community Mental Health Journal, 53, 958-971. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Flanagan, S., Honan, C. (2017). Impaired perception of sincerity after severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuropsychology, 11(2), 291-304. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2017). Oncologists' and oncology nurses' attitudes and practices towards family involvement in cancer consultations. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., Allen, S., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., McDonald, S. (2017). Social Disinhibition: Piloting a New Clinical Measure in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 74-87. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Attitudes and experiences of family involvement in cancer consultations: a qualitative exploration of patient and family member perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(10), 4131-4140. [More Information]
  • Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Kornfeld, E., De Blasio, F., Parks, N., Piguet, O. (2016). Brain volume loss contributes to arousal and empathy deregulation following severe traumatic brain injury. NeuroImage: Clinical, 12(2016), 607-614. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Kiln, F., Juraskova, I. (2016). Communication and decision-making in mental health: A systematic review focusing on Bipolar disorder. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1106-1120. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Dear, R., Fisher, A., Coll, J., Juraskova, I. (2016). Exploring the communication of oncologists, patients and family members in cancer consultations: development and application of a coding system capturing family-relevant behaviours (KINcode). Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 787-794. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Family involvement in cancer treatment decision-making: A qualitative study of patient, family, and clinician attitudes and experiences. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1146-1155. [More Information]
  • Francis, H., Fisher, A., Rushby, J., McDonald, S. (2016). Reduced heart rate variability in chronic severe traumatic brain injury: Association with impaired emotional and social functioning, and potential for treatment using biofeedback. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 26(1), 103-125. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Flanagan, S. (2016). When diplomacy fails: difficulty understanding hints following severe traumatic brain injury. Aphasiology, 30(7), 801-814. [More Information]
  • Connors, E., Jeremy, R., Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Juraskova, I. (2015). Adjustment and Coping Mechanisms for Individuals with Genetic Aortic Disorders. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 24(12), 1193-1202. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Togher, L., Tate, R., Rushby, J., English, T., Kelly, M., Mathersul, D., Froreich, F., Francis, H. (2015). Adolescent Performance on The Awareness of Social Inference Test: TASIT. Brain Impairment, 16(1), 3-18. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Fisher, A., Randall, R. (2015). Deficits in comprehension of speech acts after TBI: The role of theory of mind and executive function. Brain and Language, 150, 69-79. [More Information]
  • Juraskova, I., Butow, P., Fisher, A., Bonner, C., Anderson, C., Bu, S., Scarlet, J., Stockler, M., Wetzig, N., Ung, O., et al (2015). Development and piloting of a decision aid for women considering participation in the Sentinel Node Biopsy versus Axillary Clearance 2 breast cancer trial. Clinical Trials, 12(4), 409-417. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Parks, N., Piguet, O. (2015). Neurophysiological correlates of dysregulated emotional arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126(2), 314-324. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., McDonald, S., Fisher, A. (2015). Visuospatial learning in traumatic brain injury: an examination of impairments using the computerised Austin Maze task. Brain Impairment, 16(1), 19-27. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Randall, R., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Honan, C. (2014). Cognitive factors underpinning poor expressive communication skills after traumatic brain injury: theory of mind or executive function? Neuropsychology, 28(5), 801-811. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Randall, R., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Honan, C. (2014). Cognitive factors underpinning poor expressive communication skills after traumatic brain injury: Theory of mind or executive function? Neuropsychology, 28(5), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kiln, F., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2014). Which disease and individual-based factors predict intentions to undergo whole genome sequencing? International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5, 1248-1260. [More Information]
  • Rushby, J., Fisher, A., McDonald, S., Murphy, A., Finnigan, S. (2013). Autonomic and neural correlates of dysregulated arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 460-465. [More Information]
  • Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Randall, R., De Sousa, A., Trimmer, E., Fisher, A. (2013). Impaired emotional contagion following severe traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 466-474. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Bonner, C., Biankin, A., Juraskova, I. (2012). Factors influencing intention to undergo whole genome screening in future healthcare: A single-blind parallel-group randomised trial. Preventive Medicine, 55, 514-520. [More Information]

2018

  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2018). A qualitative exploration of patient and family views and experiences of treatment decision-making in bipolar II disorder. Journal of Mental Health, 27(1), 66-79. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Anderson, J., Manicavasagar, V., Juraskova, I. (2018). Development and pilot of a decision-aid for patients with bipolar II disorder and their families making decisions about treatment options to prevent relapse. PloS One, 13(7), e0200490. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2018). Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Treatment Decision-making in Bipolar II Disorder: Clinicians' Perspective. Australian Psychologist, 53(1), 40-51. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Costa, D., Anderson, J., Manicavasagar, V., Juraskova, I. (2018). Phase II Randomised Controlled Trial of a patient decision-aid website to improve treatment decision-making for young adults with bipolar II disorder: A feasibility study protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 12, 137-144. [More Information]

2017

  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A Qualitative Exploration of Clinician Views and Experiences of Treatment Decision-Making in Bipolar II Disorder. Community Mental Health Journal, 53, 958-971. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Flanagan, S., Honan, C. (2017). Impaired perception of sincerity after severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuropsychology, 11(2), 291-304. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2017). Oncologists' and oncology nurses' attitudes and practices towards family involvement in cancer consultations. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., Allen, S., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., McDonald, S. (2017). Social Disinhibition: Piloting a New Clinical Measure in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 74-87. [More Information]

2016

  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Attitudes and experiences of family involvement in cancer consultations: a qualitative exploration of patient and family member perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(10), 4131-4140. [More Information]
  • Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Kornfeld, E., De Blasio, F., Parks, N., Piguet, O. (2016). Brain volume loss contributes to arousal and empathy deregulation following severe traumatic brain injury. NeuroImage: Clinical, 12(2016), 607-614. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Kiln, F., Juraskova, I. (2016). Communication and decision-making in mental health: A systematic review focusing on Bipolar disorder. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1106-1120. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Dear, R., Fisher, A., Coll, J., Juraskova, I. (2016). Exploring the communication of oncologists, patients and family members in cancer consultations: development and application of a coding system capturing family-relevant behaviours (KINcode). Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 787-794. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Family involvement in cancer treatment decision-making: A qualitative study of patient, family, and clinician attitudes and experiences. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1146-1155. [More Information]
  • Francis, H., Fisher, A., Rushby, J., McDonald, S. (2016). Reduced heart rate variability in chronic severe traumatic brain injury: Association with impaired emotional and social functioning, and potential for treatment using biofeedback. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 26(1), 103-125. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Flanagan, S. (2016). When diplomacy fails: difficulty understanding hints following severe traumatic brain injury. Aphasiology, 30(7), 801-814. [More Information]

2015

  • Connors, E., Jeremy, R., Fisher, A., Sharpe, L., Juraskova, I. (2015). Adjustment and Coping Mechanisms for Individuals with Genetic Aortic Disorders. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 24(12), 1193-1202. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Togher, L., Tate, R., Rushby, J., English, T., Kelly, M., Mathersul, D., Froreich, F., Francis, H. (2015). Adolescent Performance on The Awareness of Social Inference Test: TASIT. Brain Impairment, 16(1), 3-18. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Fisher, A., Randall, R. (2015). Deficits in comprehension of speech acts after TBI: The role of theory of mind and executive function. Brain and Language, 150, 69-79. [More Information]
  • Juraskova, I., Butow, P., Fisher, A., Bonner, C., Anderson, C., Bu, S., Scarlet, J., Stockler, M., Wetzig, N., Ung, O., et al (2015). Development and piloting of a decision aid for women considering participation in the Sentinel Node Biopsy versus Axillary Clearance 2 breast cancer trial. Clinical Trials, 12(4), 409-417. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Parks, N., Piguet, O. (2015). Neurophysiological correlates of dysregulated emotional arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126(2), 314-324. [More Information]
  • Honan, C., McDonald, S., Fisher, A. (2015). Visuospatial learning in traumatic brain injury: an examination of impairments using the computerised Austin Maze task. Brain Impairment, 16(1), 19-27. [More Information]

2014

  • McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Randall, R., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Honan, C. (2014). Cognitive factors underpinning poor expressive communication skills after traumatic brain injury: theory of mind or executive function? Neuropsychology, 28(5), 801-811. [More Information]
  • McDonald, S., Gowland, A., Randall, R., Fisher, A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Honan, C. (2014). Cognitive factors underpinning poor expressive communication skills after traumatic brain injury: Theory of mind or executive function? Neuropsychology, 28(5), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kiln, F., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2014). Which disease and individual-based factors predict intentions to undergo whole genome sequencing? International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5, 1248-1260. [More Information]

2013

  • Rushby, J., Fisher, A., McDonald, S., Murphy, A., Finnigan, S. (2013). Autonomic and neural correlates of dysregulated arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 460-465. [More Information]
  • Rushby, J., McDonald, S., Randall, R., De Sousa, A., Trimmer, E., Fisher, A. (2013). Impaired emotional contagion following severe traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 466-474. [More Information]

2012

  • Fisher, A., Bonner, C., Biankin, A., Juraskova, I. (2012). Factors influencing intention to undergo whole genome screening in future healthcare: A single-blind parallel-group randomised trial. Preventive Medicine, 55, 514-520. [More Information]

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