Professor Ashley Craig
Phone: +61 2 9514 1358
Fax: +61 2 9514 1359
BSc (Hons), PhD (UNSW), Hon Doct (SWU)
Professor Craig teaches Behavioural Sciences to Medical Science students and this involves such topics as an introduction to the Behavioural Sciences, the psychology of learning, cognitive development in children, brain and behaviour, and brain and language. He also teaches the philosophy of science and research methods at a Masters Coursework level.
Research Interests and activities
Professor Craig is mostly involved in studying brain activity and neurological disability. For example, he investigates brain activity in both the neurologically diseased (eg spinal injury) and non diseased people using techniques such as EEG, MRS, and autonomic measures. He is also interested in the relationship between brain activity and personality, cognitive function and the emotions. His work has resulted in applications such as Mind Switch, that is, using brain signals to activate electrical devices. His latest work in brain activity is the study of reorganisation of the brain following injury and following rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury. He is also interested in the neuroscience of fatigue and stress, with applications to driver fatigue. Additionally, he has been involved researching the treatment and cause of stuttering, a neurological disease of speech.
He has a number of projects currently running, funded by two ARC Discovery grants (brain signals and Mind Switch signal processing 2005-2007; using head motion and brain signals to control a wheel chair: 2006-2008); an ARC Linkage Grant (studying brain activity associated with emotions such as fatigue and anxiety as a function of personality and cognitive activity in non neurological disordered and the neurologically disordered: 2005-2008), an ARC research infrastructure grant (2006) and a 1 million collaborative grant provided by the NSW State Government to study the neurophysiology of persons with spinal cord injury as a function of state of the art rehabilitation techniques (2005-2008).
Research topics for Honours and Postgraduate Students
Professor Craig has a number of PhD students who are working in the area of brain activity and disability. Areas available are (i) fatigue and brain activity / autonomic activity / personality (ii) brain activity and emotions such as anxiety and frustration (iii) neuropsychophysiology of spinal cord injury and (iv) stuttering impact on quality of life.
Research staff and students
Dr Yvonne Tran: Senior Research Fellow; Ms Elaine Blumgart, PhD student; Ms Judy Lovas, PhD student; Ms Nirupama Wijesuriya, PhD student.
Selected publications (last 5 years)
Refereed journal publications
Tran, Y., Craig, A., & McIssac, P. (2001). Extraversion/ Introversion and 8-13 Hz wave in frontal cortical regions. Personality and Individual Differences, 30, 205-215.
Craig, A., Bartrop, R., Lal, S., Henderson, R., Hart, M., & Hunyor, S. (2001) Optimizing blood pressure reduction: predicting success in the home environment.Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 8, 33-40.
Lal, S. & Craig, A. (2001). A critical review of psychophysiological of driver fatigue. Biological Psychology, 55, 173-194.
Lal, S., & Craig, A. (2001). Electroencephalography activity associated with driver fatigue: implications for a fatigue countermeasure device. Journal of Psychophysiology, 15, 183-189.
Maher A. M. KL, Swift P., Martin D., Searle A., Tran Y., and Craig A. November (2001). Effect of luminance level on electro-encephalogram alpha-wave synchronisation. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing 39: 672-7.
Craig, A., Hancock, K., & Cobbin, D. (2002). Managing adolescents who relapse following treatment for stuttering. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing. Asia-Pacific, 7, 79-91.
Hancock, K., & Craig, A. (2002). The effectiveness of re-treatment for adolescents who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing. Asia-Pacific, 7, 138-156.
Lal, S & Craig, A. (2002). Driver fatigue: electroencephalography and psychological assessment. Psychophysiology, 39, 313-321.
Craig, A., Moses, P., Tran, Y., McIsaac, P., & Kirkup, L. (2002). The effectiveness of a “hands free” environmental control system for the profoundly disabled. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83, 1455-1458.
Lovas, J. M., Craig, A. R., Raison, R. L., Weston, K. M., Segal, Y. D., & Markus, M. R. (2002). The effects of massage therapy on the human immune response in healthy adults. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, July, 143-150.
McIsaac, P., Craig, A., Tran, Y., & Boord, P. (2002). The Mind Switch environmental control system: remote hands free control for the severely disabled. Technology and Disability, 14, 15-20.
Craig, A. R. (2002). Fluency outcomes following treatment for those who stutter. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 94, 772-774.
Craig, A., Hancock, K., Tran, Y., Craig, M., Peters, K. (2002). Epidemiology of stuttering in the community across the entire lifespan. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 45, 1097-1105.
Craig, A., Hancock, K., Tran, Y., Craig, M., Peters, K. (2003). Anxiety levels in people who stutter: A randomized population study. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 46, 1197-1206.
Lal, S., Craig, A., Boord, P., Kirkup, L., & Nguyen, H. (2003). Development of an algorithm for an EEG-based driver fatigue countermeasure. Journal of Safety Research, 34, 321-328.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., & Craig, M. (2003). Stereotypes towards stuttering for those who have never had direct contact with people who stutter: A randomized and stratified study. Perceptual Motor Skills, 97, 235-245.
Craig, A. (2003). Clinical psychology and neurological disorders: Psychological therapies for stuttering. Clinical Psychologist, 7, 93-103.
Tran, Y., Boord, P., Middleton, J., & Craig, A. (2004). Levels of brain activity (8-13Hz) in persons with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 42, 73-79.
Craig, A. (2004). Stuttering therapy: Rationale and procedures. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 29, 79-81.
Tran, Y., Craig, A., Bartrop, R., & Nicholson, G. (2004). Time course and regional distribution of cortical changes during acute alcohol ingestion. International Journal of Neuroscience, 114, 863-878.
Boord, P., Barriskill, A., & Craig, A., (2004). Brain-Computer Interface – FES Integration: Towards a hands-free neuroprosthesis command system. Neuromodulation,7, 267-276.
Tran, Y., Craig, A., Boord, P., & Craig, D. (2004). Using independent component analysis to remove artifact from EEG measured during stuttered speech. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 42, 627-633.
Lal, S., & Craig, A. (2005). Reproducibility of the spectral components of the electroencephalogram during driver fatigue. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 55, 137-143.
Craig, A. & Tran, Y. (2005). The epidemiology of stuttering: the need for reliable estimates of prevalence and anxiety levels over the lifespan. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 7, 47-52.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., McIsaac, P., & Boord, P. (2005). The efficacy and benefits of environmental control systems for the severely disabled. Medical Science Monitor, 11, RA32-RA39.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., Craig, D., & Thuraisingham, R. (2005). Improving Correct Switching Rates in a “Hands-free” Environmental Control System. Journal of Neural Engineering, 2, L9-L13.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., Wijesuriya, N., & Boord, P. (2006). A controlled investigation into the psychological determinants of fatigue. Biological Psychology, 72, 78-87.
Craig, A., & Tran, Y. (2006). Chronic and social anxiety in people who stutter. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 12, 63-68.
Tran, Y., Craig, A., Boord, P., Connell, K., Cooper, N., & Gordon, E. (2006). Personality traits and its association with resting regional brain activity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 60, 215-224.
Wijesuriya, N., Tran, Y., & Craig, A. (in press). The psychophysiological determinants of fatigue. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Book Chapters/ Books
Craig, A. & Lal, S. (2002). Optimising blood pressure in mild un-medicated hypertensives. Chapter 9: Advances in psychology research. Volume 12, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Craig, A. (2002). Life without stuttering: A guide for school counsellors. Sydney: Australian Stuttering Foundation.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., & Craig, M. (2004). Stereotypes towards stuttering. In M. L. Pan (Ed.). Preparing literature Reviews: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (2nd Edition). Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing.
Craig, A. (2004). Treating stuttering in older children, adolescents and adults. In Georgieva, D. (Ed.). Fluency disorders: New research perspectives. Sofia: Grafis.
Craig, A. (2005). Combination treatment for the older child: Fluency shaping and speech muscle feedback therapy within a behavioural regimen. In R. Lees (Ed.) The treatment of stuttering in the school aged child. London: John Wiley.
Craig, A. & Tran, Y. (2005). Epidemiology of stuttering In R. Lees (Ed.) The treatment of stuttering in the school aged child. London: John Wiley.
Craig, A. (2006). The nature and treatment of stuttering. In Gert Rickheit & Hans Strohner Communicative competence: Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton-de Gruyter Handbooks of Applied Linguistics series.
Craig, A. (in press). Stuttering treatment for the older child: speech muscle biofeedback therapy within a behavioral therapy regimen. New Research in Biofeedback. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Craig, A. (in press). Fluency shaping treatment for the treatment of older children and adolescents who stutter. In Barry Guitar and Rebecca McCauley (Eds.) Treatment of Stuttering: Conventional and Controversial Interventions. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
Craig, A. & Tran, Y. (in press). Psychological dynamics associated with spinal cord injury rehabilitation: New directions and best evidence. A. Craig and Y. Tran (Eds.). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Refereed Conference Papers
Carmichael, G., Craig, A., Tran, Y. & Hancock, K. (2003). What is Stuttering? SPA Conference, Hobart.
Boord, P., Craig, A., Barriskill, A., Nguyen, H. (2003). Developing a “hands-free” neuroprosthesis command system. International Functional Electrical Stimulation Conference, July, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Boord, P., Tran, Y., Middelton, J., Barriskill, A., Craig, A. (2003). Alpha Band activity during eye-closure in people with spinal cord injury. International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society Conference, From Technology to Market.Bridging the Gap. 1 - 5 July 2003. Queensland.
Tran, Y., Craig, A., Wijesuriya, N. (2005). Using brain activity as a “hands free” assistive control for severely disabled people. Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference, Melbourne, 28 September to 2 October, p.348-351, Melbourne: APS.
Craig, A., Tran, Y., & Wijesuriya, N. (2006). The Association between Fatigue and ANS Sympathetic Arousal. Proceedings of the 41st APS Combined Australian and NZ Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ, 26 to 29th September, in press.
Tran, Y., Craig, A., Wijesuriya, N. (2006). Brain Activity Associated with Personality. Proceedings of the 41st APS Combined Australian and NZ Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ. 26 to 29th September, in press.
Wijesuriya, N., Tran, Y., & Craig, A. (2006). Risk factors associated with driver fatigue. Australasian Road Safety Research Policing and Education Conference, Gold Coast, Qld, in press.