2018 Conference - Confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers

Dr Margaret Dudley 

Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu

Lecturer, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Programme, University of Auckland

Margaret is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in the field of neuropsychology and has a particular interest in how neuropsychology interfaces with Māori. Margaret is the principal investigator on an Health Research Council funded project “A Māori approach to the assessment and management of dementia”. The aims of the project are to develop a Māori theory of dementia as well as a cognitive and functional tool to assist in the diagnosis of dementia in Māori. 

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Phyllis Fehr

Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, past Board member and Vice Chair

Phyllis Fehr was given a working diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s along with Lewy Body dementia when she was 53, working full time in the intensive care unit as a registered nurse. Phyllis promotes the abilities of people living with dementia by advocating for people living with this disease both locally and nationally.

Phyllis advocates change for people with dementia as an Ontario Dementia Advisory board co-chair with a focus on government policy.  Phyllis is also on a number of boards and steering committees, including membership on the Advisory Group for the Ontario Dementia strategy and the Early Stage Working Group.  She is an active board member for the Dementia LHIN board for HHNB, the Canadian Dementia Priority steering committee and numerous others. 

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Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low 

Associate Professor of Aging and Health, University of Sydney

Lee-Fay Low is a registered psychologist with a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. Her main areas of expertise are in home and residential care for older people, wellbeing in people with dementia, risk factors for dementia, dementia literacy, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of life of older people. She has extensive methodological skills in population studies, systematic reviews, clustered randomised trials, instrument development and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.

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Professor Alison Wray

Professor in Language and Communication, Cardiff University UK

Alison’s research has ranged across the nature of words and phrases, the evolutionary origins of language, how foreign languages are learned, and the genetic component of linguistic ability. For the past decade she has been drawing on her expertise in language processing to explore the nature of communication by and with people with dementia. Her focus is the way that linguistic and interactional behaviour changes in the face of cognitive challenges affecting the production and comprehension of language. 

She has also investigated how emotional responses to stressful situations can undermine our best intentions. Alison is a well -known dementia communicator and authored the animated film, “Understanding the Challenges of Dementia Communication” with narration by actor, Sir Tony Robinson. With very positive reviews, the film has been taken up by carer trainers worldwide.

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