Meet the AEP team: Elise Honey

December 18, 2023
AEP team member

Elise is a valued member of the AEP Neuropsychology team responsible for administering cognitive assessments for participants and control group volunteers via telehealth.

Why did you choose to work at the AEP?

Working for the AEP means I get then opportunity to learn from many talented researchers and clinicians. Being part of such an inspiring, driven, and hard-working team – it doesn’t get better than that!

What do you hope to achieve at the AEP?

I hope to continue improving my clinical skills administering neuropsychological assessments and thereby contribute to epilepsy research that will assist in achieving positive health outcomes for people living with the condition.

Your proudest moment or achievement?

Graduating last year with First Class Honours was one of my proudest moments. The day I began Honours I printed a sign with H1 and stuck it next to my desk to remind me every day of my goal. To have actually achieved this at the end was so rewarding.

All-time favourite meal?

Japanese cuisine. There is no such thing as recommended energy intake when it comes to sushi.

Current streaming recommendation?

I’m going to give a pretty boring answer here and say the ‘Australian Finance Podcast’ on Spotify.

Current book you are reading?

I’m reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius because I’ve gone down a stoic philosophy wormhole on YouTube this year. I don’t always exactly understand what he’s saying, but it makes me feel as though I’ve got my life in order when reading it.

What advice would you give your 12-year-old self?

I’d probably tell myself something cliché like “stress less and focus on enjoying your childhood”, but I’d also recommend to start investing in the property market before it’s too late.

Who would you most like to meet?

Margaret Fly Washburn. She was the first woman granted a PhD in Psychology and she was girl-bossing ahead of her time.

Finish the following sentences:

My ideal weekend involves…

A good balance of catching up with friends, going to the gym/for walks, relaxing, going to the movies or spending too much money at Mecca.

I believe the most important thing in life is…

To act in alignment with your value system and surround yourself with likeminded people. Also, to surround yourself with people who can make good spicy margaritas – this is super important in life!

AEP Research Assistant publishes first paper as lead-author

AEP Research Assistant, Remy Pugh, recently had her first paper as lead-author published in Epilepsia Open. The study explores the cognitive and psychological functioning in adults after their first seizure, but prior to an epilepsy diagnosis or treatment plan. A great achievement, congratulations to all involved.

First AEP Health Economics paper published

The Australian Epilepsy Project’s first health economics paper based on our pilot study data has been recently published. Congratulations to all involved, including Dr Clara Marquina, Emma Foster and the AEP’s Health Economics Lead, Prof. Zanfina Ademi of Monash Uni Pharmaceutical Sciences.

AEP Participant: Chloe Falzon

Chloe was only recently diagnosed with epilepsy after experiencing seizures over an 18 month period. Her initial seizures occurred during sleep and saw Chloe hospitalised a number of times. The results of her scans were inconclusive but additional seizures over the ensuing 12 months lead to her epilepsy diagnosis.