Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Amanda Olley

Dr Amanda Olley

B.Sc(Psych) Hons, M.Clin.Neuropsych, PhD

Profile

Dr Amanda Olley is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specialises in adult neuropsychology, with a particular interest in neuropsychiatry and healthy ageing. She completed her Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University, and both undergraduate (Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Honours) and PhD at the University of New South Wales. Her PhD proposed a decision-making model of OCD empirically tested through neuropsychological and functional neuroimaging studies, following from her Master’s dissertation on social and cognitive functioning in Bipolar Disorder.

Amanda has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist since 2004, across a number of public health settings including neuropsychiatry, older adult mental health, neuro rehabilitation. She has extensive experience as a supervisor within health and university clinic settings and works privately when time allows.

Amanda commenced as a Lecturer at CSU in 2016, and is passionate about teaching in the post-graduate psychology programs

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Teaching

  • Adult Assessment (Masters)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (Masters)
  • Neuropsychological clinical research supervision

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Research Interests

  • Healthy Ageing
  • Carer support in dementia
  • Neuropsychology of Mental Health
  • Adult ADHD
  • Cognitive Remediation

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Publications

Journal Articles

Parker, G., Hilton, T., Walsh, W., Owen, C., Heruc, G., Olley, A., Brotchie, H., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D. (2008) Timing is everything: the onset of depression and acute coronary syndrome outcome. Biological Psychiatry, 64(8):660-6.

Olley, A., Malhi, G., and Sachdev, P. (2007)Memory and executive functioning in obsessive compulsive disorder: a selective review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 104, 15-23.

Parker, G., Heruc, G., Hilton, T., Olley, A., Brotchie, H., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., Owen, C., Friend, C., Walsh, W.F. (2006) Explicating links between cardiac illness and depression: study design and methods. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 245-252.

Parker, G., Heruc, G.A., Hilton, T.M., Olley, A., Brotchie, A., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., Friend, C., Walsh, W.F., and Stocker, R.(2006) Low levels of docosahexaenoic acid identified in acute coronary syndrome patients with depression. Psychiatry Research, 141(3), 279-286.

Parker, G., Tully, L., Olley, A., and Hadzi-Pavlovic, D. (2006) SSRIs as Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar II Disorder: A Proof of Concept Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 92 (2-3), 205-214.

Hilton, H., Parker, G., McDonald, S., Heruc, G., Olley, A., Brotchie, H., Friend, C., Walsh, W. (2006) A validation study of two brief measures of depression in the cardiac population: the DMI-10 and DMI-18. Psychosomatics, 47, 129-135.

Olley, A.L., Malhi, G.S., Bachelor, J., Cahill, C.M., Mitchell, P.B., Berk, M. (2005) Executive Functioning and Theory of Mind in Euthymic Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 7 (Suppl 5), 43-52.

Olley, A., Malhi, G., Mitchell, P., Batchelor, J., Lagopoulos, J., and Austin, M-P. (2005) When ‘euthymia’ is just not good enough: The neuropsychology of bipolar disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193 (5), 323-30.

Parker, G., Tully, L., Olley, A., Barnes, C. (2005) The validity and utility of patients’ daily ratings of mood and impairment in clinical trials of bipolar disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(supp 2), A50-A51.

Malhi, G., Ivanovski, B., Szekeres, V., and Olley, A. (2004) Bipolar disorder: it's all in your mind? The neuropsychological profile of a biological disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 49 (12), 813-9.

Parker, G., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., Both, L., Kumar, S., and Olley, A. (2004) Measuring disordered personality functioning: To love and to work reprised, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 110, 230-239.

Parker, G., Both, L., Olley, A., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., Irvine, P., Jacobs, G. (2002). Defining disordered personality functioning, Journal of Personality Disorders, 16 (6), 503-522.

Conference proceedings: Papers

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2011) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Failure to Inhibit or Failure to Decide?  Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society/34th Annual Conference for the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, Auckland, New Zealand

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2009) Is faulty decision making the underlying mechanism of OCD? APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia

Malhi, G., Lagopoulos, J., Cahill, C.M., Olley, A., Schnier, R.C. (2007) An fMRI study of theory of mind in bipolar disorder. 7th International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar Disorders / Vol. 9, Supplement 1, pp.71) Pittsburgh, United States

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2006) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Time to decide on a new model.  Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia

Wijeratne, C., Olley, A., Mitchell, P., and Sharpley, A (2006) Late Onset Bipolar Disorder. Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2006) Symposium: The utility of fMRI in human decision making. 6th International Neuropsychiatric Association World Congress, Sydney, Australia

Olley, A., Wijeratne, C., Mitchell, P., and Sharpley, A (2006) Late Onset Bipolar Disorder. 6th International Neuropsychiatric Association World Congress, Sydney, Australia

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2006) Obsessive or Compulsive? Time to decide (2006). 6th International Neuropsychiatric Association World Congress, Sydney, Australia

Olley, A.L., Malhi, G.S., Bachelor, J. (2004) Executive Functioning and Theory of Mind in Bipolar Disorder: Stage 1 Euthymia. APS College of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Conference, Sydney Australia

Burnham, D., Francis, E., Vollmer-Conna, U., Kitamura, C., Averkiou, V., Olley, A., Nguyen, M., and Paterson, C. (1998). Are you my little pussy cat? Acoustic, phonetic and affective qualities of infant- and pet-directed speech, 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Incorporating The 7th Australian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, Sydney, Australia

Conference proceedings: Poster presentations

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2011) Evidence of Disrupted Decision Making in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Cognitive Building Blocks of Decision Making. Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society/34th Annual Conference for the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, Auckland, New Zealand

Olley, A., Sachdev, P., and Malhi, G. (2009) Is faulty decision making the underlying mechanism of OCD? Yes, No, Maybe? UNSW brain symposium

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Memberships

  • Registration with Psychology Board of Australia, Area of Endorsed Practice: Clinical Neuropsychology, Board Approved Supervisor
  • Member Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN)
  • Committee Member, NSW CCN State Committee
  • Scientific Chair, CCN 2020 Conference
  • Member Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
  • Member International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

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