Breakfast Club Lecture 4

  • October 2nd, 2019 7:30 am
  • Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, 1 Yarra Blvd, Kew

LECTURE FOUR: Light therapy for fatigue following TBI

PRESENTER: Laura Connolly (2017 Allen Martin Scholarship Winner), is completing a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University

One of the most common and persistent complaints after experiencing an acquired brain injury or a stroke is fatigue and sleep disturbances. Developing an effective intervention for these disturbances is critical given their contribution to functional disability status.

There are currently no treatments for post-ABI fatigue that adequately address this issue or shows long-lasting effects. The lecture will discuss how a novel in-home light intervention was developed to treat post-injury fatigue and sleep problems in a randomised controlled trial conducted at the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre.

Laura Connolly is completing a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University, investigating how light therapy can be adapted in the home to treat post-acquired brain injury fatigue. She is also training to be a clinical neuropsychologist, and is currently completing her specialised placement at a Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS), working with older adults. She completed her Honours in Psychology at Monash University, with a thesis investigating the impact of REM sleep on emotional memory consolidation. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant undertaking developmental assessments of infants, and as a Teaching Associate within the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University.

Download the 2019 program here. For more information contact Alana Dobra at or phone 03 9894 7006.
Please note a summary and podcast links for the 2018 lectures are available on our past events page.

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