Group members

John Gardner is a sociologist and a Research Fellow in the School of Social Science’s ‘Health and Biofutures’ research programme.  His research has focused on the social and ethical dimensions of neurotechnologies and regenerative medicines: his recently published book, Rethinking the Clinical Gaze (Palgrave) explores the influence of patient-centred care on the provision of innovative new technologies, using deep brain stimulation as a case study. He has an interest in facilitating Responsible Research and Innovation within the neurosciences.

Narelle Warren is a lecturer in anthropology and sociology in the School of Social Science at Monash University. Her ethnographic research in Malaysia and Australia has explored how structural vulnerabilities impact on the lives of people and their family carers in the context of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or amputation. She works closely with neuropsychologists to undertake qualitative research on the cross-cultural salience of neuropsychological assessment following stroke, and the assessment and management of problematic behaviours after traumatic brain injury.

Juan Dominguez is a multidisciplinary researcher with training and experience in anthropology and imaging neuroscience. Currently at the Molenberghs Social Neuroscience Lab, Monash University, his research spans neuroanthropology (of which he is a leading proponent), social and cultural neuroscience, neurodegeneration, brain training, stimulation and rehabilitation, and neurofeedback. He has a keen interest in understanding the relationship between the brain, culture and the self via hybrid methods from anthropology and the neurosciences, as well as in philosophical, ethical, social and political implications of neuroscience and associated technologies.

Paul Mason is lecturer in anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. His current research is focused upon infectious disease care and prevention, which touches upon global mental health as well as the co-morbidity of mental illness and tuberculosis disease. Paul has worked with Professor Greg Downey and Dr Juan Dominguez to pioneer the field of neuroanthropology and to develop ethnographic fieldwork methods that are compatible with the latest knowledge and research findings in the brain sciences.

Adrian Carter is a leading figure in the field of Addiction Neuroethics: research examining the impact that neuroscience has on our understanding and treatment of addiction and other compulsive behaviours. His latest research investigates the ethical, legal and social impact of medically induced compulsive behaviours in patients treated for Parkinson’s disease. Adrian is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Prior to joining Monash, Claire worked in the community and government sectors, developing a range of social and criminal justice projects which advocated for the rights and needs of marginalized populations.

Julia Vassilieva’s inter-disciplinary research work takes place at the intersection of cinema studies, cultural studies, Slavic studies, philosophy and psychology. Current projects include a book-length study of narrative theories, further work on the interaction of old and new media, and an investigation of how contemporary film theory intersects with the integrative science of mind and brain.

Ella Dikles-Frayne’s research builds on a background in qualitative research in sociology and criminology, and focuses on online counselling for family members concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug consumption. Her research addresses the social and spatial contexts of both recreational and problematic alcohol and other drug use. She has a particular interest in posthumanist and new materialist approaches and Actor-Network Theory.

Alice Gaby is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. Her research interests lie in three intersecting domains: semantic and structural typology; the relationship between language, culture and cognition; and the documentation and analysis of endangered languages, especially those of the Australian continent. Much of her research focuses on the Paman languages spoken in and around the community of Pormpuraaw (Cape York Peninsula, Australia). Underlying this research program is the belief that linguistic analysis can be enriched by viewing grammatical structures as part of a larger communicative system, encompassing multiple languages, registers and modalities.

Jamie Walvisch is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He has previously worked at the Judicial College of Victoria, the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Victorian Law Reform Commission. He has co-authored law reform reports on a wide-range of topics, including defences to homicide, fraud and electronic commerce-related crime and road rage. His current research focuses on the intersection between law and mental health, especially in the sentencing context.