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Research Biography

Michelle Bellon is an Associate Professor in the Disability and Community Inclusion, and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career working as a Developmental Educator providing education, community integration and counselling support to adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) within community-based and private consultancy services. Her research, teaching and professional involvement combine interests in epilepsy, acquired brain injury, family/care-giver supports and access to health care for people with disability. She has held a range of management roles including President of the Epilepsy Association of SA and NT, Director of Epilepsy Australia, and Board member of the Community Re-entry Program. Michelle is currently an Epilepsy Ambasador, committed member of Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI), member of the Editorial Board of Brain Impairment, Expert Review Panel member for Lifetime Support Authority, and on the Advisory Reference Group for Brain Injury SA.

Research Interests

Michelle has held the following research roles:

  • Process and Impact Evaluation of the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO). $100,000 (2021-2023). Fisher, K., Kayess, R., Gendera, S., Robinson, S., & Bellon, M. The final evaluation report is available here:
  • Our Voice SA: Evaluation of Our Voice Reching Out Project (2021-2023). Fisher, K., Robinson, S., Bellon, M., Gendera, S., & Calahan, T. $45,000. This research was funded by Purple Orange, and evaluated the impact and process of the OVSA project to build capacity for self-advocacy and connection for people with intellectual disability in South Australia. Final research reports and easy read versions are available here:
  • Alone Together: A research project about getting through Covid: Experiences from people with disability and their families. $49,935 (2020). Robinson, S., Xiao, L., Muir Cochrante, E., Bickford, J., Bellon, M., Lante, K., Idle, J., Parry, Y., Willis, E., & Silerston, N. Flinders University COVID grant.
  • Principal Investigator on a 2 year research study examining Postivie Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. $155,000 in funding from the Lifetime Support Authority (2017-2019), to examine the feasability of a family-directed behaviour support training proram for caregivers following a TBI. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas.
  • Evaluation of Brain Injury SA's SSAYiT program for young people aged 15-24 with an acquired brain injury or other cognitive disability which aims to connect youth into employment, education and their community (2016-2018).
  • Supporting Upper limb reCovery through Exercise for Stroke Survivors (SUCCESS): group constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) (2016-2017) S Lennon, M Bellon
  • Principle Investigator, Families4Families: evaluating longitudinal effects of a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury in South Australia ($100,000 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund; 2014-2015) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker
  • Principle Investigator, Families4Families: exploring the experiences and neds of families following acquired brain injury in South Australia. ($162,500 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund;  2012-2014) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker, J Gardner
  • research relating to epilepsy and seizure disorders with research teams from the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria on the Australian Epilpesy Longitudinal Survey and Epilepsy management in the disability sector (NDIS Practical Development Fund); Reducing epilepsy-related deaths (Epilepsy Australia); and Seizure-related hopsitalisations: comparisons with asthma and diabetes (Epilepsy Centre).

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • A systematic review of qualitative research examining barriers and facilitators to employment for people living with mental illness: implications for developing Asian countries (1)
  • Care-giving after traumatic brain injury: the impact on Care-givers quality of life (1)
  • Evaluating outcomes of the SSAYiT transition support program for youth with cognitive difficulties (1)
  • Experiences of disability students in an international work integrated learning placement (1)
  • Exploring the factors which influence employment following spinal cord injury in Vietnam: A preliminary qualitative study (1)
  • Parents' experiences of their child's return to school following acquired brain injury (1)
  • Rehabilitation collaboration: experiences of people with Acquired Brain injury and their families when accessing services from multiple agencies in the community (1)
  • The Management of Challenging Behaviours following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in Community Settings: A South Australian Family Perspective (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • An exploration of the service quality of Community Access Services for people with disabilities in Australia (1)
  • Examining the nature of resilience and executive functioning in people with brain injury and people with multiple sclerosis (1)
  • Friendships, intimacy and sexual relationships: The perceptions and experiences of young adult's use of social media for love, leisure and pleasure (1)
  • Why would you want to be a Disability Support Worker? A qualitative analysis of long-term Disability Support Workers. (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Management of posttraumatic epilepsy for people with brain injury: a psycho-educational perspective

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor (Honours), An examination of the effects of changing contexts on the language and communication skills of adults with acquired brain injury

Award Date: 20 Dec 2000


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Supervisory Interests

  • Brain injury
  • Community based rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Family supports
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders


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