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Michelle Olaithe

Dr Michelle Olaithe

Research Assistant
Psychological Science, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2977
Fax
+61 8 6488 1006
Email
michelle.olaithe@uwa.edu.au
Publications
Book chapters
Bucks, R.S.B. & Olaithe, M. (2016). Neuropsychological consequences of chronic disease in older adults. Encyclopaedia of Geropsychology. Editor Pachana, N.

Invited Papers
Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Hillman, D. & Bucks, R.S.B (Accepted February 2017). Cognitive deficits in obstructive sleep apnea: insights from a meta-review and comparison with deficits observed in COPD, insomnia, and sleep deprivation Sleep Medicine Reviews.
Bucks, R., Olaithe, M., Rosenzweig, I., Morrell, M. (Submitted, 2017).Reviewing the relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and cognition: where do we go from here? Respirology.
Olaithe, M., Nanthakumar, S., Eastwood, P. & Bucks, R.S.B. (2015). Cognition and mood in OSA; Implications for psychological research and practice, Translational issues in psychological science; 1(1); 67-78.
Bucks, R., Olaithe, M & Eastwood, P. (2013). Neurocognitive Function in Obstructive Sleep Apnea a Meta-Review. Respirology: Translational advances in respiratory diseases, 18(1); 61-70; doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012.02255.x.

Papers
Bennett, R.J., Meyer, C., Olaithe, M., Schmulian, D., Eikelboom, R.H. (Submitted December 2016) Are hearing aid owners able to identify and self-report handling difficulties? A pilot study. International Journal of Audiology.
Judd, N.A., Bucks, R.S., Loftus, A. M., Gasson, N., Dunlop, P. D., Olaithe, M., & Thomas, M.G. (Submitted December 2016). Psychometric Evaluation of the Multifactorial Memory Questionnaire (MMQ) in Parkinson’s disease. Psychological Assessment.
Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Hillman, D., Skinner, T.C. & Bucks, R.S.B. (Manuscript in Preparation). Impact of sleep disordered breathing on self-reported memory function. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Olaithe, M., Cribb, S., Di’Lorezo, R., Mayberry, M. (2016). Performance on the embedded figures test in the broader autism phenotype: A meta-analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Bennett, R., Taljaard, D.S., Olaithe, M., Eikelboom, R. (2017). Theoretical considerations and clinical applications of inter-observer reliability and inter-observer agreement: Reproducibility of the Practical Hearing Aid Skills Test – Revised (PHAST-R). International Journal of Audiology.
Olaithe, M., Taljaard, D.S., Brennan-Jones, C.G., Eikelboom, R. & Bucks, R.S. (2016). The relationship between hearing impairment and cognitive function: A meta-analysis in adults. Otolaryngology. doi: 10.1111/coa.12607. [Epub ahead of print]
Olaithe M, Skinner, T.S., Hillman, D., Eastwood, P. & Bucks, RSB (2014). Cognitive Dysfunction in OSA; The importance of controlling for age and premorbid intelligence, Sleep and Breathing, 19(1); 221-30; doi: 10.1007/s11325-014-1000-2.
Olaithe, M. & Bucks, R. (2012) Executive Function in OSA: A Meta-analysis, SLEEP, 36(9); 1297-1305; doi: 10.5665/sleep.2950.
Olaithe, M., Skinner, T.C., Clarke, J., Eastwood, P. & Bucks, R.S. (2013). Can we get more from the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) than just a single score? Sleep and Breathing, 17(2); 763-9; doi: 10.1007/s11325-012-0763-6. Epub 2012 Aug 28.
Skinner, T.C., McNeil, Olaithe, M., L., Eastwood. P., Hillman, D., Phang, J., de Regt, T. & Bucks, R.S. (2013). Predicting uptake of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA): a belief-based theoretical approach, Sleep and Breathing, 17(4);1229-40; doi: 10.1007/s11325-013-0828-1.
Mellor, A., Olaithe, M., Waters, F. & Bucks, R. (2013) Changes in sleep across the lifespan and the relationship with depression. Behavioural Sleep Medicine, 12(3); 222-34; doi: 10.1080/15402002.2013.801343.

Conference Proceedings
Tan, S.H., Olaithe, M., Bertolino, L., Watson, E., & Bucks, R. (2014). The Relationship between Repetitive Negative Thought, Insomnia and OSA-risk in older adults. Sleep Down Under, Perth, Western Australia, 9 – 11, October, 2014. Chosen for Poster Blitz: 3-minute presentation.
Bertolino, L.B., Olaithe, M., Tan, S., Watkins, E.R., & Bucks, R.S. (2014). Greater general repetitive negative thinking directly predicts more severe insomnia in males: in females it is all about depression. 22nd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Journal of Sleep Research: 23; p. 132: Tallinn, Estonia, 16-20 September, 2014.
Olaithe, M. & Bucks, RSB (2013) Cognitive Dysfunction in OSA; contributions of sleep fragmentation and hypoxia, International Neuropsychological Association, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2013
Olaithe, M. & Bucks, RSB (2012) Executive Dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; A meta-analysis, School of Psychology Biannual conference, Perth, October 2012
Olaithe, M. & Bucks, RSB (2012) Executive Dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; A meta-analysis, Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia, October 2012
Olaithe, M., Holt, A., Wallace, A., Kashyap, S., Hatton, J.,Eastwood, P., Skinner, T.C., Wesnes, K., & Bucks, R.S., Investigating the Relationship Between Memory Accuracy and Speed of Memory Retrieval in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Journal of Sleep Research: 20; p. 64: Australasian Sleep Association, Sydney, Australia, October 2011
Olaithe, M., Skinner, T.C., Clarke, J., Eastwood, P. & Bucks, R.S., What does the Epworth measure? A confirmatory factor analysis of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Journal of Sleep Research:49; p. 64, Australasian Sleep Association, Sydney, Australia, October 2011
Mellor, A., Olaithe, M., Waters, F. & Bucks, R. Age-related changes in and their relationship to depression, Journal of Sleep Research: 20; p. 51, Australasian Sleep Association Conference “Sleep Down Under”, Sydney, Australia, October 2011.
Bucks, R., Olaithe, M., Marshall, M. Self-reported memory function in a community sample: more sleep difficulties lead to lower memory ability (self-appraisal of one’s memory capabilities). Journal of Sleep Research: 20; p. 50, Australasian Sleep Association Conference “Sleep Down Under”, Sydney, Australia, October 2011.
McNeil, L.D., Skinner, T.C., De Regt, T.L., Phang, J., Mellor, A., Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Whitworth, S., Holt, A., Nienaber, A.,Hillman, D. & Bucks, R.S., Illness representations in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: patients’ symptom identities, Australasian Sleep Association, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2010
De Regt, T.L., Skinner, T.C., Mellor, A., Holt, A., Olaithe, M., McNeil, L., Phang, J., Whitworth, S., Nienaber, A., Eastwood, P., Hillman, D., Wesnes, K. & Bucks, R.S. Cognitive deficits in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and their relationship to disease severity, Australasian Sleep Association, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2010
Skinner, T.C., Phang, J., McNeil, L., de Regt, T.,Mellor, A., Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Whitworth, S., Holt, A., Nienaber, A., Hillman, D., & Bucks, R.S.Patients’ beliefs about their sleep problems, Australasian Sleep Association, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2010
Bucks, R.S. McNeil, L., de Regt, T. Mellor, A., Phang, J., Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Whitworth, S., Holt, A., Nienaber, A., Hillman, D., & Skinner, T.C. (2010). Memory complaints in obstructive sleep apnoea. Australasian Sleep Association. Sleep DownUnder 2010 - Biodiversity of Sleep. Christchurch, New Zealand, 21-23 October 2010, Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8(Suppl. 1), A31
de Regt, T., Skinner, T.C., Mellor, A., Holt, A., Olaithe, M., McNeil, L., Phang, J., Whitworth, S., Nienaber, A., Eastwood, P., Hillman, D., Bucks, R.S. (2010). Cognitive deficits in obstructive sleep apnoea. Australasian Sleep Association. Sleep DownUnder 2010 - Biodiversity of Sleep. Christchurch, New Zealand, 21-23 October 2010, Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8(Suppl. 1), A29.
McNeil, L., Skinner, T.C., de Regt, T., Phang, J., Mellor, A., Olaithe, M., Eastwood, P., Whitworth, S., Holt, A., Nienaber, A., Hillman, D. & Bucks, R.S. (2010). Illness perceptions in obstructive sleep apnoea population: patients do not believe that their symptoms are due to their sleep problems. Australasian Sleep Association. Sleep DownUnder 2010 - Biodiversity of Sleep. Christchurch, New Zealand, 21-23 October 2010, Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8(Suppl. 1), A54.
Funding received
-Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme scholarship $12,000 per annum for 2 years, 2013
-Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship $24,000 per annum for 3 years, 2010
-University of Western Australia top-up scholarship $5,000 per annum for 3 years, 2010
Memberships
Memberships and Affiliations
-Australasian Sleep Disorders Association (2010 - current)
-American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2010 - current)
-Australasian Sleep Association (2010 - current)
-Australian Psychological Society (2013 – current)
-Provisionally registered psychologist – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; Psychology Board of Australia (2013 – current)
Honours and awards
-Award for Higher Degree by Research Achievement, Special Commendation ($250), for publication ‘Executive Dysfunction in OSA before and after treatment: A meta-analysis’, Sept 2014
-Awarded short course fees ($450), Insomnia workshop, Perth, Australasian Sleep Association, Oct 2014
-Allan Richardson Memorial Award for the best presentation, School of Psychology Biannual conference, Oct 2012
-Travel award ($425) for best poster from the Australasian Sleep Association conference, Oct 2012
-Life and Physical Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: programs that enhance student learning, Psychology 1101 team, 2010
-Runner-up ($50) University of Western Australia wide 3-minute Thesis, 2010
Previous positions
-Postdoctoral Researcher, Head of School & Professor Romola Bucks, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 2017-ongoing
-Sessional Lecturer, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, Sleep Certificate, University of Western Australia, 2016-ongoing
-Psychologist, The Olive Branch Wellness Centre, Mandurah, 2017-ongoing
-Psychologist, Sleep W.A., Perth, 2017-ongoing
-Research Assistant, Prof. Murray Mayberry (School of Psychology, University of Western Australia) & Prof. Rob Eikelboom (School of Audiology, University of Western Australia), 2015-2017
-Student representative, Research Committee, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 2015-2017
-Co-ordinating Tutor/Lecturer, Psychology 1102 Mind and Brain, University of Western Australia, 2012-2013
-Lecturer, Qualitative Research Methods, Curtin University, 2013
-Tutor, Psychology, University of Western Australia, 2010-2012
-Polysomnographer, Mount Hospital, 2008-2010
Teaching
Undergraduate
-Psychology 3310 Lecturer, Qualitative Research Methods, Curtin University, 2013
-Psychology Tutor, University of Western Australia, 2010 – current
Postgraduate
-Guest lecturer 5568, Meta-analysis, University of Western Australia, 2014, 2015
-Student supervision (Honours and Masters students)
Current external positions
Psychologist for Sleep W.A.
Useful links
www.researchgate.net/profile/Michelle_Olaithe2
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