About Roger Rees

Roger Rees was educated at the London School of Economics and Kings College London, Monash University and the University of New England. He has taught in Australia at the University of Canberra and Flinders University. He has held teaching fellowship positions at Arizona State University, the Bureau of Child Research University of Kansas, the brain trauma unit at New York University and at the Medical Research Centre (MRC) Cambridge University. His principal research interests have been in the neuro-sciences with a focus on rehabilitation from brain injury. He has run a trauma rehabilitation program for people with; brain injury, neurological disorders such as primary and secondary MS and for people diagnosed with HIV. He has received Australian Research Council grants for his research along with nation-wide insurance company funding for his organisation and script writing for the Australian Schools National video Prevention of Brain Injury competition 1990-1996. He travelled in Ethiopia and walked with the Hamar tribe as part of his preparation for No Turning Back. A sample of Roger Rees’s published books and journal articles include: 


Parents as Language Therapists. San Diego, California: College Hill Press.

DELSC (Developmental Language Skills Curriculum) Volumes: 1 Orientation Skills 2. Receptive Language 3. Expressive Language. Tucson, Arizona: Therapy Skill Builders.

Plateaus and Summits Transition to Employment for People with Brain Injury. Canberra: Dept of Health & Family Services

Locked In State, in; Science at its Sharpest (edited by Robyn Williams) Sydney: ABC Books.

Re-writing the Script –Influence of Context on Behaviour; Adelaide: ISLD Flinders University (including Re-writing the Script video for Television)

The Art of the Possible. Review of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney (RRCS) Sydney: RRCS

Interrupted Lives: Rehabilitation and Learning following Brain Injury. Melbourne: IP Communications.

Out of Calamity – Stories of Trauma Survivors (Preface by Dr Norman Swan) Adelaide: Axiom Australia

No Turning Back – Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers - to be published October 2017

Broadcast Scripts for ABC Science Show include:*

Buz Kashi and the Kempsey Bus Crash
Community based Rehabilitation
Locked-In Syndrome
Concussion Syndrome Ebb & Flow
Humour as Medicine –the Effect of Humour on the CNS,
Music and the Mind – the Recovery of Gabriel Gifford.
Sailability and Stroke Rehabilitation
The Battle for the Injured Brain - A Case of Professional Prejudice
Seeing with the Brain is Imagination: a Profile of Oliver Sacks

*recent broadcasts available on audio: see ABC Science Show - Ockhams – Roger Rees

Publications in Journals and Newspapers include:

The Age - Driven to Destruction (invited Saturday Essay)
The Advertiser Sailability as Rehabilitation (Saturday feature article)
The Australian (profile of Shirley Dibden AO)
Link for Review of A Flower Between the Cracks and poem King Hit)
ARENA Short Stories and Poems
In Psych
Neuro-Rehabilitation & American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Children Australia and Speak Out

In addition Roger Rees has sixty published papers in refereed educational and neuroscience journals.
Roger J Rees is Emeritus Professor of Disability Research in the School of Medicine at Flinders University ADELAIDE
Email: rees1@iinet.net.au
Mobile +61 0419 850 386




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