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Alex Bahar-Fuchs - Resume

Curriculum Vitae - Alex Bahar-Fuchs

 

Address:

287 Glenhuntly Rd.

Elsternwick

Victoria 3185

Tel:               M: (61) 0425 804191

Email:               alex@psych-it.com.au

                 bfalex@gmail.com

 

Recent/Current Employment

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist- April 09- Ongoing (part-time)- Casey Hospital, Melbourne
  • Research Officer- May 2008- Ongoing (part-time)- Nuclear Medicine, Austin Health, Melbourne
  • Private Practice - 2008 - Ongoing (Part-Time) - Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Research Design and Analysis Tutor- March 09- June 09 (part-time) - School of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, Monash University
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Locum - September-November 2008, Caulfield Hospital
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Locum - February, April, June 2008, Epworth Hospital

 

Education Summary

 

  • PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology), Full-time, 2005 - 2009, Monash Univ., Melbourne, Australia.

Thesis Title: Olfaction and the Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease (Supervision: A/Prof Greg Savage & Dr Simon Moss).

  • The equivalent of a masters degree were also completed during the first two years of my studies, including coursework and practica.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology 2004, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia (H1)
  • Thesis Title: Screening for Cognitive Deterioration in the Elderly: Detection of Clock-Anomalies, and Object-Place Association (Supervision: A/Prof Michael Saling)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) 1999-2002, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheba, Israel

 

Relevant Skills Summary

  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychological and neuropsychological test administration, and interpretation
  • Clinical interviewing skills
  • Clinical report writing
  • Experience employing brief therapeutic interventions including CBT, cognitive rehabilitation
  • Writing research manuscripts
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in three languages (English, Hebrew, Spanish)
  • Proficient in the use of Statistical software and multivariate analyses
  • Active in research (see details below)
  • Basic Computer Programming Skills

 

 

Relevant Employment Details

April 2009- Ongoing (Permanent, Part Time)

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Casey Hospital, Melbourne

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of persons with acquired brain injuries and neurological disorders
  • Assessments of decision-making capacity
  • Counseling and psycho-education of patients and their families
  • Contribution to multidisciplinary case meetings
  • Clinical report writing
  • Development and promotion of quality projects, education sessions, and professional development

 

May 2008 - Ongoing (Part Time)

  • Research Neuropsychologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Austin Hospital

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of persons enrolled in various imaging studies in the Nuclear Medicine Department
  • Participation in team meetings
  • Contribution to manuscript preparation

 

September- November 2008 (Locum)

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Caulfield Hospital

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of persons with acquired brain injuries and neurological disorders
  • Assessments of decision-making capacity
  • Counseling and psycho-education of patients and their families
  • Contribution to multidisciplinary case meetings
  • Clinical report writing

 

February- June 2008 (Locum)

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Epworth Hospital

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of persons with acquired brain injuries
  • Monitoring of recovery from post-traumatic amnesia
  • Contribution to multidisciplinary case meetings
  • Psycho-education and consultations to patientsÔÇÖ families
  • Clinical report writing

 

January- June 2007

  • Probationary Psychologist, Osborn Sloan & Associates, Melbourne.

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of persons with acquired brain injuries
  • Feedback sessions with clients and families
  • Special focus given to the provision of practical recommendations to increase participation levels
  • Development of treatment plans
  • Development of behavioural guidelines for carers when working with clients presenting challenging behaviours
  • Worked within a multi-disciplinary health team
  • Participated in carer meetings and training
  • Participated in the observation and recording of target behaviours
  • Work Within a community-based framework
  • Worked with a wide variety of client populations
  • Provided ongoing cognitive-behavioural therapeutic intervention
  • Worked with clients in rural settings
  • Case formulation & report writing

 

June - December 2006

  • Probationary Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)- Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne.

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of children & adolescents with a range of neurological & psychiatric conditions
  • Inpatient and outpatient experience
  • Use of neuropsychological tests with special relevance to this client population
  • Provision of family feedback
  • Provided feedback within a school setting
  • Case formulation & report Writing
  • Independently managed a workload and liaised with other staff

 

January - June 2006:

  • Probationary Psychologist, Neuropsychology Unit, Neurosciences, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne.

Main Responsibilities

  • Neuropsychological assessment of adult clients with a wide range of neurological conditions
  • Case formulation & report writing
  • Observation of speech pathology and occupational therapy Assessments
  • Observation of neurosurgery

 

May 2005- May 2007:

  • Research Assistant, Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne.

Main Responsibilities

  • Management of large data-base of TBI outcome data
  • Main statistical analyst within the team
  • Contributed to report-writing to funding body (TAC)
  • Contributed to manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed journals
  • Worked within a team of seven other research assistants

 

March - December 2005:

  • Tutor, School of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Units Taught: Developmental Psychology & Research Methods

Main Responsibilities

  • 4 Weekly in-class hours
  • Preparation of class material
  • Assignment marking

 

March- December 2004:

  • Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Melbourne University, Melbourne.

Responsibilities

  • Administration of experiments in the psycholinguistics laboratory

 

Community/Extra Curricular Work

  • Counselor, 2000-2001, "AMKHA" personal support & counseling to a holocaust survivor (Israel).
  • Volunteer, 2000-2001, Child & Adolescent Inpatient Service, Beer-Sheba Psychiatric Hospital (Israel)

 

Publications and Conference Presentations

Refereed Journal Articles/Abstracts

Kathryn A Ellis, Ashley I Bush, David Darby, Daniela De Fazio, Jonathan
Foster, Peter Hudson, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, et al. (2009) "The Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of ageing (AIBL): methodology and baseline characteristics of 1112 individuals recruited for a longitudinal study of Alzheimer's disease". International Psychogeriatrics, 21(4); 672-687


Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., & Savage, G. (2008). Unirhinal Olfactory Identification and Memory in Alzheimer's disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Aging. Brain Impairment, 9, 77-78.

Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., Pike, K., Villemgne, V., Rowe, C. & Savage, G. (2008) ÔÇ£The relationship between olfactory deficits and Beta-Amyloid burden in AD, MCI and healthy aging: A PIB-PET study. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 4(S4), T251-T252


Ponsford, J., Hill, B., Karamitsios, M., & Bahar-Fuchs, A. (2008). Factors influencing outcome after orthopedic trauma. J Trauma, 64(4), 1001-1009.

Bahar-Fuchs, A., Savage, G., Rowe, C., & Moss, S.  (2007). Decline of olfactory identification in MCI and AD: Evidence for the breakdown of olfactory semantics.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(S2), 102.


Ponsford, J., Whelan, R. & Bahar-Fuchs, A. (2007) Alcohol and Drug Use Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Prospective Study. Brain Injury 21(13) 1385-1392

Articles in Submission/Preparation


Bahar-Fuchs, A., Savage, G., Rowe, C., & Moss, S.  (2009). Unirhinal olfactory performance in MCI and AD: Evidence for asymmetry in performance. Chemical Senses (Submitted - under review)

Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., Pike, K., Villemgne, V., Masters, C., Rowe, C. & Savage, G.  (2009). The relationship between olfactory deficits and Beta-Amyloid burden in AD, MCI and healthy aging: A PIB-PET study. Biological Psychiatry (Submitted-under review).

Bahar-Fuchs, A., Savage, G., Rowe, C., & Moss, S.  (2008). Awareness of olfactory deficits in MCI, AD and healthy elderly. Neuropsychology (Submitted- under review).


Conference Proceedings & Invited Presentations

2008

  • Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., Pike, K., Villemgne, V., Rowe, C. & Savage, G. The relationship between olfactory deficits and Beta-Amyloid burden in AD, MCI and healthy aging: A PIB-PET study. Poster presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's disease, Chicago, USA, 25-31 July 2008.
  • Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., & Savage, G. ÔÇ£Unirhinal Olfactory Identification and Memory in Alzheimer's disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Aging. Poster presented at the 31st Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Conference, Melbourne, Australia, May 2008.

2007

  • Bahar-Fuchs, A., Moss, S., & Savage, G. Olfactory Processes in AD and MCI: Effects of Unirhinal Odour Presentation and the Semantic Similarity of Targets and DistractersTalk presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Bilbao, Spain, July 2007
  • Bahar-Fuchs, A., Semantics in Olfaction in Dementia Patients. Invited Speaker, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia, 12th June, 2007
  • Bahar-Fuchs, A., Decline in Olfactory Identification among AD & MCI Patients. Invited Speaker, Psychology Postgraduate Colloquium, Department of Psychology, Melbourne University, Melbourne 27th April, 2007

2006

  • Bahar-Fuchs, A. & Savage, G. Olfactory Decline in AD and MCI: Evidence for the Breakdown of Olfactory SemanticsTalk Presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the CCN, Manly, Sydney, November 2006

2004

  • Bahar-Fuchs, A. & Saling, M. Detection of Clock-Anomalies and Object-Place Associations in Early ADPoster Presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the CCN, Bondi, Sydney, November 2004

 

Memberships

  • Registered with the Victorian PsychologistsÔÇÖ Registration Board (Australia, Registration Number: 9255).
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (Member No. 030758)
  • Member of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment 
  • Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy

 

            Awards

  • Recipient of the ÔÇÿBest Poster Presentation Award', the 31st conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, May 1-3, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Monash International Research Scholarship (MIPRS) and Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS)
  • Awarded the University of Melbourne ÔÇÿInternational Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship' (awarded to 10 international students university-wide)

 

Personal Interests

  • Co-Founder and Co-Director of Psych-it.com.au - A Leading International Self-Awareness Initiative, and the Largest Self-Awareness website in Australia 
  • Psychodynamic and Existential Psychotherapy
  • Internet-based delivery of Psychological Services
  • History of Psychological Thought and Movements
  • Reading
  • Music, Film and Drums
  • Sports: swimming, running, tennis
  • Overseas Travel: South America, New-Zealand

 

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