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Dr Amee Baird

BA Melb, MPsychClinNeuro Melb, PhD Melb.

Amee Baird

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : amee.baird@mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Psychology
Macquarie University

Profile

Dr Amee Baird completed a PhD and MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne. Since then she has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in both clinical and research positions overseas and in Australia, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, where she completed postdoctoral research on the topic of music and memory and her interest in music and dementia was inspired.

She is currently funded by an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (part time Health Professional) for the project ‘Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music in persons with dementia’. She is also co-director of a private practice, Newcastle NeuroHealth, where she conducts clinical and medico-legal neuropsychological assessments of adults with neurological disorders.

Her research interests are wide ranging and include psychosocial effects of neurological disorders, neural correlates of social and emotional functions and retrograde amnesia. Her main current research is in music and memory in people with dementia, including music evoked autobiographical memory and music and non music cognitive functions in musicians with dementia.

Recent External Appointments

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist - Dementia Service, Aged Care Services Hunter New England Health. (2016)
  • Co-Director and Clinical Neuropsychologist, Newcastle NeuroHealth. (2016 continuing)
  • Honorary Associate, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. (2013 continuing)
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland. (2011 - 2014)
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Hunter Brain Injury Service, Newcastle. (2009 - 2015)
  • Conjoint Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle. (2008 continuing)

Awards

  • Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Early Career Researcher Grant Income Award (2017), Baird, A.
  • Australian Dementia Forum Best Presenter (2016), Baird, A. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane
  • High commendation for poster (2012), Baird, A., & Robinson, G. 9th Conference of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation, Bergen, Norway

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "Investigating the effect of musical priming on language processing in individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia." Tieu, L., Fiveash, A., Crain, S., Brancatisano, O., Thompson, W., & Piguet, O., & Baird, A. ($8,428)
  • Hunter New England and Central Coast Health Services, Collaborative Health Innovation Project (2017) "Music, Mind, and Movement (MMM) Program for aged care facilities." Baird, A., & Thompson, W. ($20,000)
  • NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship [APP1104833] (2016 - 2019) "Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music on persons with dementia." Baird, A. ($411,108)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury." Baird, A., Thompson, W., Bullot, N., Miller, L., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C. ($31,000)
  • Health Education and Training Institute Allied Health Education Scholarship (2013) “Travel funding to attend the Music, Mind and Health Conference, Melbourne”. Baird, A. ($1,000)
  • Department of Health & Ageing, Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grant (2012) ‘Music Moves - A music and movement program for people living in residential aged care facilities’. Haertsch, M., Baird, A., & Bell, J.P. ($232,249)
  • Hunter New England Allied Health Research Grant (2011) Music as a memory aid after traumatic brain injury’ Baird, A. ($1,000)
  • Richard Adams Fund (2011) Hunter New England Health Baird, A. ($1,000)
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Scholarship (2011) Hunter New England Health Baird, A. ($2,000)
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care (2011) ‘Song as a memory aid in Alzheimer’s Disease’ Baird, A., Chalmers, K., & Samson, S. ($25,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2015). Music and dementia. In E. Altenmüller, F. Boller, & S. Finger (Eds.), Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience: History and Modern Perspectives (Progress in Brain Research Series). London, UK: Elsevier.
  • Baird, A. (2014). Dementia. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopaedia. (Vol.1) (pp. 327-330). New York: Sage Publications, Inc.

Periodicals

  • Abell, R.V., Baird, A.D., & Chalmers, K.A. (2017). Group singing and health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease. Health Psychology, 36(1), 55-64. doi:10.1037/hea0000412
  • Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (In Press). The impact of music on the self in dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2017). Does music training facilitate the mnemonic effect of song? An exploration of musicians and nonmusicians with and without Alzheimer’s dementia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39(1), 9-21. doi:10.1080/13803395.2016.1185093
  • Baird, A., Umbach, H., & Thompson, W.F. (2017). A non-musician with severe Alzheimer’s Dementia learns a new song. Neurocase, 23(1), 36-40. doi:10.1080/13554794.2017.1287278
  • Baird, A. (2014). Invited commentary on Gurr & Foxhall's ‘Rebuilding identity after brain injury: Standard cognitive and music evoked autobiographical memory training’. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21(6), 296.
  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2014). Music evoked autobiographical memory after severe acquired brain injury: Preliminary findings from a case series. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 24(1), 125-143.
  • Baird, A., Walker , D., Biggs, V., & Robinson, G. (2014). Selective preservation of the beat in apperceptive music agnosia: A case study. Cortex, 53, 27-33.
  • Samson, S., Baird, A., Moussard, A., & Clement, S. (2012). Does pathological aging affect musical learning and memory? Music Perception, 29, 493-500.
  • Baird, A.D., Scheffer, I.E., & Wilson, S.J. (2011). Mirror neuron system involvement in empathy: A critical look at the evidence. Social Neuroscience, 10, 1-9.
  • Sammler, D., Baird, A., Valabrègue, R., Clément, S., Dupont, S., Belin, P., & Samson, S. (2010). The relationship of lyrics and tunes in the processing of unfamiliar songs: A functional magnetic resonance adaptation study. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 3572-3578.
  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2009). Memory for music in Alzheimer’s Disease: Unforgettable? Neuropsychology Review, 19, 85-101.
  • Baird, A.D., & McKay, R. (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart. Neurocase, 14(5), 400-413.
  • Baird, A.D., Wilson, S.J., Bladin, P.B., Saling, M.M., & Reutens, D.C. (2007). Neurological control of human sexual behaviour: Insights from lesion studies. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 78, 1042-1049.
  • Baird, A., Dewar, B.K., Critchley, H., Dolan, R., Shallice, T., & Cipolotti, L. (2006). Social and emotional functions in three patients with medial frontal lobe damage including the anterior cingulate cortex. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 11, 369-88.
  • Baird, A., Dewar, B.K., Critchley, H., Gilbert, S., Dolan, R., & Cipolotti, L. (2006). Cognitive functioning after medial frontal lobe damage including the anterior cingulate cortex: A preliminary investigation. Brain and Cognition, 60, 166-75.
  • Baird, A., Papadopoulou, K., Greenwood, R., & Cipolotti, L. (2005). Memory function after resolution of post traumatic amnesia. Brain Injury, 19, 811-17.
  • Baird, A.D., Wilson, S.J., Bladin PB, Saling, M.M., & Reutens, D.C. (2004). The amygdala and sexual drive: Insights from temporal lobe resection in intractable epilepsy. Annals of Neurology, 55, 87-96.
  • Baird, A.D., Wilson, S.J., Bladin, P.B., Saling, M.M., & Reutens, D.C. (2003). Sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy and Behavior, 4, 268-78.
  • Baird, A.D., Wilson, S.J., Bladin, P.B., Saling, M.M., & Reutens, D.C (2002). Hypersexuality after temporal lobe resection. Epilepsy and Behavior, 3, 173-81.

Published Abstracts

  • Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2015). Does music training modulate the mnemonic effect of song in Alzheimer’s dementia? A comparison of musicians and non-musicians [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(Suppl. 2), 27.
  • Baird, A., & Robinson, G. (2012). Dissociation between words and number words: a case study in global aphasia. Dissociation between words and number words: a case study of traumatic brain injury [Abstract]. Brain Impairment, 13(1), 149.
  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2012). Rehabilitation of retrograde amnesia: A case study of music evoked autobiographical memory after severe traumatic brain injury [Abstract]. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neurorepair, 26(6), 654-694.
  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011). Social factors in focal retrograde amnesia [Abstract]. Brain Impairment, 12, 16.
  • McKay, R., & Baird, A. (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart [Abstract]. Abstracts of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14(Suppl. 2), S3.
  • Baird, A.D., Wilson, S.J., Bladin, P.B., Saling, M.M., & Reutens, D.C. (2002). The amygdala and sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery: Does size matter? [Abstract]. Epilepsia, 43(Suppl. 7), 316.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Baird, A., & Tamplin, J. (2017, October). How can music benefit people with dementia? Paper presented at the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, October). Musical expertise and the self in people with dementia. Paper presented at the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise & Training Annual Conference, Macquarie University.
  • Baird, A., Brancatisano, O., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, October). A comparison of autobiographical memory cues in people with different types of dementia. Poster session presented at the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, Australian Dementia Forum, Melbourne.
  • Brancatisano, O., Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, October). Smiles are more frequent during autobiographical memories triggered by music than those triggered by photos. Poster session presented at the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, Australian Dementia Forum, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A. (2017, September). Sex on the brain: Hypersexuality and the law. Poster session presented at the Neuroscience & Society: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research, The University of Sydney/Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Brancatisano, O., & Thompson, W. (2017, September). Preservation of music evoked autobiographical memories is dependent on the type but not the severity of dementia. Paper presented at the World Congress of Neurology, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Kennett, J., & Baird, A. (2017, September). Murder and dementia: An exploration of neuropsychological and legal factors of Australian cases. Paper presented at the Neuroscience & Society: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research, The University of Sydney/Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Baird, A. (2017, August). Music, memory and the self in dementia. Presentation given at the Hunter Dementia Alliance Forum, Newcastle.
  • Brancatisano, O., Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, August). Music-evoked versus photo-evoked autobiographical memories in people with dementia. Poster session presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, San Diego, USA.
  • Baird, A. (2017, June). Music and memory in dementia. Paper presented at the Arts: Engaging with Disability., The University of Newcastle.
  • Baird, A., Brancatisano, O., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, June). Is music more efficient at evoking autobiographical memories in people with dementia? Poster session presented at the The Neurosciences and Music - VI, Boston, USA.
  • Brancatisano, O., Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, June). Music evoked autobiographical memories in Alzheimer's dementia are associated with a reminiscence bump and smiling. Poster session presented at the The Neurosciences and Music - VI, Boston, USA.
  • Baird, A., Brancatisano, O., & Thompson, W.F. (2017, January). Music, autobiographical memory and identity in persons with dementia. Paper presented at the Memory, Performance and the Arts Symposium, 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference (SARMAC XII), The University of Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Brancatisano, O., & Thompson, W. (2016, November). Music, memory and the self in dementia. Invited paper presented at the Music, Mind and Wellbeing Postgraduate Research Symposium, The University of Melbourne.
  • Thompson, W., & Baird, A. (2016, September). The healing power of music. Presentation given at the "Stories of Me" Baptist Care Dementia Forum: Connecting Experience and Theory, Sydney.
  • Baird, A. (2016, August). Music and memory in dementia. Paper presented at the 'Using Music and Technologies to enhance psychological practice': Centre for Health Outcomes Innovation and Clinical Education (CHOICE) Workshop, Brisbane.
  • Baird, A., & Thompson, W. (2016, August). The power of music. Presentation given at the Charles Bridges-Webb Oration for the Royal Australian College of General Physicians, Newcastle.
  • Baird, A., & Thompson, W.F. (2016, August). Music, memory and me: An investigation of the beneficial effects of music on autobiographical memory and self identity in persons with dementia. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Baird, A., Garrido, S., & Tamplin, J. (2016, August). Music and dementia [Panel member]. Invited presentation given at the Music on the Mind: Alive Inside initiative, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A., Thompson, W.F., Bullot, N., Miller, L.A., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C. (2016, August). Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Baird, A., Umbach, H., & Thompson, W. (2016, July). A non-musician with severe Alzheimer's dementia learns a new song. Paper presented at the 14th International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC14), San Francisco, USA.
  • Baird, A. (2016, May). Dementia (general overview). Invited colloquium at the Collaboration Enhancement Scheme, Edith Cowan University, Perth.
  • Baird, A. (2016, May). Music and dementia. Invited colloquium at the Collaboration Enhancement Scheme, Edith Cowan University, Perth.
  • Baird, A. (2016, May). Music, language and dementia. Invited colloquium at the Collaboration Enhancement Scheme, Edith Cowan University, Perth.
  • Baird, A. (2016, May). Can music mend minds? An investigation of the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music in dementia. Invited paper presented at the National Australian Dementia Forum, Brisbane.
  • Baird, A., & Thompson, W. (2016, May). Music, memory and me: An investigation of the beneficial effects of music on autobiographical memory and self identity in persons with dementia. Poster session presented at the National Australian Dementia Forum, Brisbane.
  • Baird, A. (2016, March). Playing for time: Music and memory [Panel member]. Invited presentation given at the World Science Festival, Brisbane.
  • Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2014, October). Learning and recall of sung information: A comparison of musicians and non-musicians with and without Alzheimer's Dementia. Paper presented at the Memory in the Treetops Retreat, Avoca Beach.
  • Baird, A., Bullot, N., & Thompson, W. (2014, July). Music evoked memories and emotions: The effect of musical expertise and Alzheimer’s Dementia. Colloquium at the Cognition in Context Colloquium Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2014, June). Song as a memory aid in Alzheimer’s Dementia: The effect of musical experience. Poster session presented at the Neurosciences and Music V - Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation, Dijon, France.
  • Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2014, March). Enhanced learning and short delayed recall of sung information in musicians with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Colloquium at the Music, Cognition and Action Symposium, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2013, November). Music evoked autobiographical memory after severe acquired brain injury: Preliminary findings from a case series. Paper presented at the Music, Mind & Health Conference, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A., & Robinson, G. (2012, July). Dissociation between words and number words: a case study in global aphasia. Dissociation between words and number words: a case study of traumatic brain injury. Poster session presented at the 9th Conference of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation, Bergen, Norway.
  • Baird, A., & Samson, S. (2012, May). Rehabilitation of retrograde amnesia: A case study of music evoked autobiographical memory after severe traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the World Congress of NeuroRehabilitation, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A., & Kraiuhin, C. (2011, November). A case study of mood, effort and cognition pre and post onset of focal retrograde amnesia. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Conference, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Hornberger, M., Lah, S., & Miller, L. (2011, November). In Baird, A. (Chair), Retrograde amnesia. Symposium conducted at the College of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference, Sydney.
  • Baird, A. (2011, September). Music as a mnemonic in dementia and traumatic brain injury. Presentation given at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Memory node meeting on ‘Music, memory and the brain’, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011, August). Deception of self and others in focal retrograde amnesia. Paper presented at the 6th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology & Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011, July). Social factors in focal retrograde amnesia. Paper presented at the 4th Joint Meeting of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and the International Neuropsychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Sammler, D., Baird, A., Valabrègue, R., Clément, S., Dupont, S., Belin, P., & Samson, S. (2009, September). The Relationship of Lyrics and Tunes in the Processing of Unfamiliar Songs: The Separation of the Integrated. Poster session presented at the 3rd International Conference on Auditory Cortex, Magdeburg, Germany.
  • Baird, A. (2009, August). University challenge: A student with Asperger Syndrome shares his rage. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Samson, S., Clément, S., & Baird, A. (2009, May). Est-ce que la musique est inoubliable. Société de Neuropsychologie de Langue Française. Poster session presented at the Société de Neuropsychologie de Langue Française, Montréal, Canada.
  • McKay, R., & Baird, A. (2008, July). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Sociedad de Neuropsicología de Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Baird, A. (2007, October). Epilepsy and Sexuality. Paper presented at the Seminar funded by Novartis, Paris, France.
  • Baird, A. (2007, May). Neurological control of human sexual behaviour: Insights from studies in epilepsy. Paper presented at the Neurosciences and Epilepsy conference, Talloire, France.
  • Baird, A. (2007, March). Neurological control of human sexual behaviour: Insights from human lesion studies. Paper presented at the Guest lecture for Masters of Neuropsychology program, Psychology Department, University of Lille 3, France.
  • Baird, A. (2006, August). Social and emotional changes after stroke: The role of frontal lobe damage. Paper presented at the Centre for Mental Health Studies Research Seminars, James Fletcher Hospital, Newcastle.
  • Baird, A. (2006, June). Social and emotional changes after frontal lobe damage. Paper presented at the Neurology and Neurosurgery Meeting, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle.
  • Baird, A. (2005, January). Social and emotional functions in three patients with medial frontal lobe damage including the anterior cingulate cortex. Poster session presented at the 23rd European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy.
  • Baird, A. (2003, June). Sex and the single amygdala. Paper presented at the Neuroscience Seminars, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A. (2002, December). Sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery. Paper presented at the Neuropsychology Seminars, University of Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Baird, A. (2002, December). The amygdala and sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery: Does size matter? Poster session presented at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA.
  • Baird, A. (2002, September). The amygdala and sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery: Does size matter? Paper presented at the Eighth Annual Epilepsy Research Retreat, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A. (2001, September). Sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Epilepsy Research Retreat, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne.
  • Baird, A. (2000, July). Changes in sex drive and behaviour after epilepsy surgery. Paper presented at the Neurosurgical Outcome Workshop, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

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