Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive functioning
  • Psychological assessment
  • Microbiome-gut-brain interactions
  • Cognitive processing during sleep
  • Human behaviour in fire

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Michelle Ball

Dr Michelle Ball is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Head of the Psychology discipline.

She is the Co-Deputy Leader of the Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing research program within the Institute of Health and Sport.

Her research interests include:

  • cognitive psychology, with a particular focus on executive functioning and assessment
  • the interaction between the gut microbiome and psychological symptom expression
  • cognitive processing during sleep (what wakes people up)

She is also the leader of the Microbiome and Psychobiology group which investigates the relationship between the balance of intestinal microflora and the expression of mood, somatic, and cognitive symptoms in people with a range of disorders and symptoms. This work is conducted together with Industry Partner Bioscreen Medical Laboratory.

Michelle is also an expert in human behaviour in fire and her past research includes investigating why some people die in accidental residential fires, while others survive. She has also conducted research with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade on their Juvenile Firesetting Awareness and Intervention Program.

Qualifications

  • Phd with an approved course of study in Clinical Neuropsychology, Victoria University, Australia, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Victoria University, Australia, 2001

Key publications

Year Citation
2015 Thomas, I., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (150101). Fire alarm waking effectiveness for alcohol impaired adults In Boyce, K. (Ed.), Paper presented at Human Behaviour in Fire 2015 : 6th International Symposium, Downing College, Cambrige, UK, 28th - 30th September 2015 : Symposium Proceedings (pp. 443-452). Guildford Grove, Greenwich, Engalnd: Interscience Communications.

Year Citation
2018 Wallis, A., Ball, M., Butt, H., Lewis, D. P., McKechnie, S., Paull, P., Jaa-Kwee, A., & Bruck, D. (180223). Correction: Open-label pilot for treatment targeting gut dysbiosis in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: Neuropsychological symptoms and sex comparisons [J Transl Med., 16, (2018) (24)] DOI: 10.1186/s12967-018-1392-z. Journal of Translational Medicine, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12967-018-1413-y

2018 Wallis, A., Ball, M., Butt, H., Lewis, D. P., McKechnie, S., Paull, P., Jaa-Kwee, A., & Bruck, D. (180206). Open-label pilot for treatment targeting gut dysbiosis in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: Neuropsychological symptoms and sex comparisons. Journal of Translational Medicine, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12967-018-1392-z

2017 Xiong, L., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (170801). Human response to non-injury accidental house fires. Fire and Materials, 41(5), (431-440).

doi: 10.1002/fam.2409

2017 Wallis, A., Ball, M., McKechnie, S., Butt, H., Lewis, D. P., & Bruck, D. (170607). Examining clinical similarities between myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and d-lactic acidosis: A systematic review. Journal of Translational Medicine, 15(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12967-017-1229-1

2017 Xiong, L., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (170601). Unintentional residential fires caused by smoking-related materials: Who is at risk?. Fire Safety Journal, 90 (148-155).

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.04.020

2017 Xiong, L., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (170101). Preventing accidental residential fires: the role of human involvement in non-injury house fires. Fire and Materials, 41(1), (3-16).

doi: 10.1002/fam.2356

2016 Wallis, A., Butt, H., Ball, M., Lewis, D. P., & Bruck, D. (161123). Support for the microgenderome invites enquiry into sex differences. Gut Microbes, 8(1), (1-7).

doi: 10.1080/19490976.2016.1256524

2016 Wallis, A., Butt, H., Ball, M., Lewis, D. P., & Bruck, D. (160113). Support for the Microgenderome: Associations in a Human Clinical Population. Scientific Reports, 6

doi: 10.1038/srep19171

2015 Jackson, M. L., Butt, H., Ball, M., Lewis, D. P., & Bruck, D. (151101). Sleep quality and the treatment of intestinal microbiota imbalance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A pilot study. Sleep Science, 8(3), (124-133).

doi: 10.1016/j.slsci.2015.10.001

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

PhD scholarship for Biodata project
From: Bioscreen
Investigators: Prof Dorothy Bruck, Mrs Emra Suleyman
For period: 2014-2018
$94,000
Collaborative industry supported PhD scholarship on sleep, cognition, mood and gut dysbiosis in chronic fatigue syndrome.
From: Bioscreen
Investigators: Prof Dorothy Bruck
For period: 2014-2017
$70,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
7 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching responsibilities

Michelle teaches Undergraduate Psychology.

Coordination

APP2013 Psychology 2A.

APP3037 Clinical Aspects of Psychology.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2019 - present
Associate Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2019 - present
Deputy Head - Psychology Discipline
Victoria University
Feb 2017 - present
Co-Deputy Leader of the Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing Research Program
Institute of Health and Sport, Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2019 -
present
Associate Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2019 -
present
Deputy Head - Psychology Discipline
Victoria University
Feb 2017 -
present
Co-Deputy Leader of the Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing Research Program
Institute of Health and Sport, Victoria University