Shawna is the Chief Radiographer at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health. In her current role, she leads a team of MRI research radiographers responsible for providing MR imaging protocols specifically developed to address the research aims of Scientists and Clinicians within the Australian and International neuroscience communities.
Shawna is currently serving as the Executive Member on the Policy Board for the International Society for MR Radiographers and Technologists (SMRT). She was Chair of the Program Committee for the 2017 annual meeting in Hawai’i, and presently serves as the radiographer representative of both Education Committee, and the Diffusion Imaging Study group for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
Shawna’s PhD research focussed on the ‘application of advanced diffusion imaging techniques to patient populations’, has received significant national and international acknowledgement. Highlights include receiving the President’s Award for most outstanding proffered paper at the SMRT 18th & 22nd annual meetings, and invitations to present at the ISMRM conferences in Montreal (2011), Singapore (2016), and Hawai’i (2017). Her 2013 Journal of Neurosurgery paper advocating for change in the methods utilised for diffusion MRI tractography, is ranked since publication in the top 1% (ISI Web of Science). Shawna was also recently awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award for receiving the highest score out of all Education sunrise sessions presented at the 2017 ISMRM meeting.