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Amanda Miller Amberber


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Currently Involved in research at Charles Sturt University.

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Amanda Miller Amberber is a Lecturer in Speech Pathology in the School of Community Health, at the Albury-Wodonga campus of Charles Sturt University. Dr. Miller Amberber has a PhD in Human Cognition and Brain Science from Macquarie University, a research MA in Linguistics from McGill University, Canada, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology from La Trobe University, and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from ACU. Amanda has extensive clinical and research experience as a speech pathologist in rehabilitation, aged care, stroke and dementia, along with substantial paediatric clinical experience, and a particular focus on language and communication in multi/bilingual adults and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In addition, as a postdoctoral fellow, Amanda contributed to the coordination, design and development of a multi-state, multi-agency translational research project in aged care.

Amanda’s PhD research investigated language switching, language selection and intervention in bilingual adults with aphasia speaking Rarotongan Cook Islands Maori, Maltese, French and English and showed the first experimental evidence of grammatically impaired language switching after stroke, along with unimpaired language selection in conversation, and lack of generalisation from the treated to the untreated language following intervention. Her thesis was awarded the Michael Clyne Prize 2013 for the best Australian thesis on bilingualism. Following this she investigated language changes in the first and second languages associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older bilingual adults, and worked as a researcher at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, UNSW while continuing to practise as a senior clinical speech pathologist in aged care. She has extensive experience in working with multi/interdisciplinary teams to implement health services in NSW, WA, ACT and Victoria. Amanda's postdoctoral role was followed by lecturing in Speech Pathology, particularly in linguistics and phonetics for speech pathology, acquired adult language impairment, research methods and complex professional practice.

Amanda has published in international journals, edited a special issue of the Journal of Neurolinguistics, presented internationally and nationally at leading bilingualism, aphasia and dementia conferences and laboratories including invited presentations at the International Symposium on Bilingualism 9, Singapore (2013) and the Australian Linguistics Society (2013) and previous presentations at the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain, Cambridge University, Science of Aphasia XII Conference, Barcelona, and on the ABC Radio National ‘All in the Mind’ programme (October 2012). She is a reviewer for a range of international journals and is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University. Most recently Amanda's research has featured on the SBS evening news and online article (April 2017) and she has delivered workshops and presentations at the national Speech Pathology Australia Conference 2018 on multilingual aphasia, working with the media and treatment in the first versus second language.

Amanda has a keen interest in facilitating optimal communication, health and quality of life across the lifespan. She is committed to the translation and adaptation of research and assessment materials across languages and has a keen interest in working with Indigenous Australians and communities to ensure culturally appropriate communication tests are available in all languages spoken.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Human Cogn/Cogn Sc), Macquarie University

Research MA (Ling), McGill University

BAppSc (Speech Pathology), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria

GradCertHEduc, Australian Catholic University

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Research Output 2011 2019

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial (RCT) and realist evaluation of the interdisciplinary home-bAsed Reablement program (I-HARP) for improving functional independence of community dwelling older people with dementia: An effectiveness-implementation hybrid design

Jeon, Y. H., Simpson, J. M., Low, L. F., Woods, R., Norman, R., Mowszowski, L., Clemson, L., Naismith, S. L., Brodaty, H., Hilmer, S., Amberber, A. M., Gitlin, L. N. & Szanton, S., 29 Jul 2019, In : BMC Geriatrics. 19, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 199.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Independent Living
Randomized Controlled Trials
Quality of Life
1 Citation (Scopus)

The assessment of language and communication in Dementia: A synthesis of evidence

Krein, L., Jeon, Y. H., Amberber, A. M. & Fethney, J., Apr 2019, In : American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 27, 4, p. 363-377 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Speech-Language Pathology
Communication Disorders

Communication difficulties: A synthesis of evidence of currently available tools used to assess language and communication in dementia

Krein, L., Jeon, Y-H., Miller-Amberber, A. & Fethney, J., 2018, In : Alzheimer's and Dementia. 14, 7, Supplement, p. 941-941 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

1 Citation (Scopus)

Prevalence of Vitamin D supplement use in Australian residential aged care facilities in November 2014

Walker, P., Miller Amberber, A., Kurrle, S., Kifley, A. & Cameron, I. D., 08 Oct 2017, In : BMC Research Notes. 10, 1, p. 1-4 4 p., 385.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Vitamin D
Homes for the Aged
Home Care Services
1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessment and treatment of bilingual aphasia and dementia using the Bilingual Aphasia Test

Miller Amberber, A. & Cohen, H., 01 Nov 2012, In : Journal of Neurolinguistics. 25, 6, p. 515-519 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2018 2018

  • 4 Oral presentation