Dr Amee Baird
PhD (Melb), MPsych (Clin Neuro),
BA (Hons), MAPS, CCN.
Dr Amee Baird completed her PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) and undergraduate studies in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in Australia and overseas since 2003. She has experience in undertaking diagnostic and medico-legal clinical neuropsychological assessments and providing cognitive rehabilitation strategies and psychological support for adults with neurological conditions. She spent 2 years at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London where she worked in specialist brain injury, dementia, stroke and neuropsychiatry clinics. She also completed postdoctoral research on memory for music at the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and Lille University in France. Since living in Newcastle she has worked with the Hunter Brain Injury, Dementia/Aged Care, Neuropsychiatry and Central Coast Adult Neuropsychology Services.
Amee has worked as a sessional Senior Lecturer for the postgraduate clinical neuropsychology training programs at the University of Queensland and Macquarie University, and is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, and Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. She has a passion for clinical research and is dedicated to the scientist practitioner model of practice. Her main topic of research over the last decade was the relationship between music and memory in people with dementia. She was awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (part time Health Professional 2016-2019) for the project ‘Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music in persons with dementia’. She has developed an increasing interest in ‘neurolaw’, and how evidence from brain imaging and neuropsychology is being used in criminal cases in which the diagnosis of dementia has been raised in an offender.