School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St Lucia Qld 4072
BSc(Psych) USQ; BSc(Psych-Hons) USQ; DPsych UQ
On completing my undergraduate and honours studies with The University of Southern Queensland, I began my Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology & Clinical Psychology) in 2008 with The University of Queensland, having always been interested in the specialist field of neuropsychology. Since then, my path seems to have slowly crept more and more closer to the field of older adults.
I have completed externships working with the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital - both in their neuropsychology and clinical psychology departments. While on my neuropsychology placement, I was involved in assessing older adults as part of the RBWH Memory Clinic services. During my clinical placement with the hospital, approximately half of my patients were older adults with issues from adjustment to amputation, from complicated grief to anxiety and depression. Given my new found passion for working with older adults, I gladly accepted a placement with Alzheimer's Australia, where I worked as a behavioural consultant, helping carers manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. On completion of my placement with Alzheimers Australia, I applied for and was successful in gaining a paid position with the organisation. Since then I have worked in locum positions with QHealth and continue to see older adult clients privately for therapy or assessment purposes.
Since completing my Doctor of Psychology, I have also been building on my teaching skills via sessional lecturing. I am also invited to give community group presentations and professional development sessions on topics related to older adults. My research interests include projects in the area of ageing.
I am currently in the throes of completing my next scholarly challenge - the furthering of my academic and research career via a PhD, in the area of wisdom, once again under the supervision of Dr Nancy Pachana.
Australian Psychological Society (member)
College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (member)
College of Clinical Psychologists (member)
Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (member)
American Psychological Association (international affiliate)
My main areas of research to date have focused on the areas of memory. My honours thesis (under the supervision of Dr Gerry Tehan, USQ) looked at the word-length effect in the context of the item/order processing paradigm.
My doctoral disseration (under the supervision of Dr Nancy Pachana, UQ) involved training aged care facility staff in the use of strategies to help people with dementia maintain current levels of functioning in activities reliant on procedural memory.
My PhD will take me on a different path, looking at the construct of wisdom and its relevance within the older adult population.
In general, my research interests extend to the following areas: older adults; capacity; wisdom & positive ageing; healthy ageing; teaching and learning in the field of psychology; improved practice in residential aged care facilities; dementia care.
Mitchell, L. K., & Pachana, N. A. (2013). Rehabilitation in residential aged care facilities: Barriers and facilitators in a dementia context. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 19(1), 57-63.
Mitchell, L., Byrne, G. J., Wilson, J., Tilse, C., & Pachana, N. A. (2012). Financial capacity in the presence of diffuse cortical atrophy: A single case study. Poster presentation in Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, 14-18 November 2012, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA.
Mitchell, L., Demakis, G., & Peisah, C. (2012). Capacity assessment: The importance of strengths in a deficit-biased assessment model. Oral presentation in International Psychogeriatrics Association Meeting, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Australia.
Massavelli, B. M., Mitchell, L., Pinsker, D., Vearncombe, K., Stone, V., Byrne, G. J., Wilson, J., Tilse, C., & Pachana, N. A. (2012). The utility of social vulnerability in the assessment of financial capacity. Poster presentation in International Psychogeriatrics Association Meeting, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Australia.
Mitchell, L. & Pachana, N. A. (2011). Deception in dementia. Oral presentation in National Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, 18-19 September 2011, Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Victoria.
Mitchell, L. (2011). Working with people with dementia: The perspectives of an Australian psychology student. Oral presentation in International Psychogeriatrics Association 15th International Conference, 6-9 September 2011, World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Mitchell, L., & Pachana, N. (2011). Memory books: Rebuilding the self. Poster presentation in Alzheimer’s Australia 14th National Conference, 17-20 May 2011, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland.
Smith, E. R., Broughton, M., Baker, R., Pachana, N. A., Angwin, A. J., Humphreys, M. S., Mitchell, L., Byrne, G. J., Copland, D. A., Gallois, C., Hegney, D., & Chenery, H. J. (2011). Memory and communication support in dementia: Research-based strategies for caregivers. International Psychogeriatrics. doi:10.1017/S1041610210001845
Mitchell, L. (2010). Cognitive rehabilitation strategies and dementia: Benefitting the professional caregiver. Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.
Mitchell, L., & Pachana, N. (2010). Rehabilitation in residential aged care facilities. Oral presentation in Emerging Researchers in Ageing conference, 21-22 October 2010, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales.
Mitchell, L., Pachana, N., Humphreys, M. S., Smith, E., Baker, R., Broughton, M., Copland, D., Angwin, A., Gallois, C., Hegney, D., Byrne, G., & Chenery, H. J. (2010). Rehabilitation in dementia: An aged care facility perspective. Poster presentation in 16th Annual Conference, APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, 30 September-2 October, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
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