Mirjana is a psychologist with 30 years clinical experience working in mental health services. She is the Director of the Australian Neurofeedback Institute and is a pioneer in the the application of Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Biofeedback in working with refugees affected by torture and trauma.
Areas of interest
- Heart rate biofeedback
- Relational Practice
Mirjana Askovic is a senior psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience in mental health. She is also a certified Neurofeedback Practitioner and Mentor as well as a QEEG Diplomate.
Mirjana has been a clinician at the NSW Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) since 2001. While working with severely traumatised clients, Mirjana recognised the need for interventions that could directly address the impact of trauma on the nervous system. She consequently introduced Neurofeedback and Peripheral Biofeedback to STARTTS in 2003 and pioneered the application of Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Biofeedback in working with refugees affected by torture and trauma. Mirjana was also involved in the development of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia and the APS Neurofeedback and Psychology Interest Group.
In 2007 Mirjana was given the responsibility to establish STARTTS’ Neurofeedback Clinic to help clients with chronic, complex PTSD learn to regulate their physiological states to support their emotional, cognitive, and social rehabilitation. Since 2007, this small clinic has developed into an internationally recognised Neurofeedback Centre for the treatment of refugee related trauma. Mirjana is currently coordinating Neurofeedback Program at STARTTS. Under Mirjana’s leadership the Australian Neurofeedback Institute (ANFI) was launched in early 2019 as an activity of STARTTS’ Neurofeedback Program.
Mirjana is a Ph.D. Candidate with the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. Her interest is in developing a tighter link between scientific research and clinical practices to advance the field of trauma treatment. Her current research is focused on the examination of the mechanisms and efficacy of Neurofeedback in reducing symptoms of PTSD in traumatised refugees. She is a regular national and international conference presenter and trainer as well as the author of multiple publications on the integration of Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy in working with trauma survivors.
For her contribution to the field of Applied Neuroscience in Australia, Mirjana was awarded ANSA Fellowship in 2017.