Isabella Bower

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of South Australia

Adelaide, SA

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Dr Isabella Bower is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. Isabella’s work explores whether we can improve brain functioning and mental health through built environment design. During her PhD, she investigated how modifiable interior design characteristics of buildings (such as colour and scale) impact processes we use in daily life such as perception, attention, and emotion regulation.

Isabella completed undergraduate and postgraduate training in Architecture, prior to completing a PhD in Psychology at Deakin University, Australia. During her candidature she published four peer-reviewed scientific articles, was awarded national and international competitive research fellowships and grants, and received several prizes for her public speaking, writing and visualisations. Her research has also been featured in The Conversation.

She is actively involved in Early-and-Mid Career Researcher Committees to advocate and help support the next generation of emerging research leaders. This includes the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, the Australian Brain Alliance Brain Science EMCR Network, and the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society ECR Committee. She also previously served as President for Students of Brain Research and Chief of Staff for Pint of Science Australia.