Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Supervisors

  • Centre for Exercise and Nutrition

  • Prof Bruce Kemp

    Bruce Kemp is an NHMC Fellow. He graduated (B. AgSc Hon University of Adelaide) with a PhD in Biochemistry (Flinders University) 1975. He undertook postdoctoral studies at UC Davis California in Edwin G Krebs (Nobel laureate) laboratory. His research interests are in the regulation of metabolism in response to metabolic stress and or exercise. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Phone : 0419488725 (Melbourne) Email : bruce.kemp@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    AMPK, CaMKK2 kinase, metabolism, Type 2 diabetes ;

  • Dr Meg Ross

    Meg is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Exercise and Nutrition Research Group in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. She has published over 35 scientific manuscripts and is an Associate Editor for the Elite Sports and Performance Enhancement specialty section of the Frontiers in Sports and Active living Journal. Meg has over 20 years experience working with sport science and sports medicine practitioners, athletes and coaches in the Australian High Performance System. Meg has hosted over 10 PhD students at the Australian Institute of Sport, mentoring them through ambitious research projects conducted towards their PhD studies. Her research interests focus on human physiology for sports performance, through greater understanding of thermoregulation, precooling, endurance exercise performance, sports nutrition and molecular biology aspects. Meg's career goals include: 1) developing excellent knowledge and relevant skills in physiology and exercise science, 2) providing novel and practical innovations to benefit human health and physical performance through investigative, mechanistic and applied research, and 3) promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all Australians.

    Phone : +61 405 417 607 (Canberra) Email : meg.ross@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sports Performance ; Thermoregulation ; Thermal and Perceptual cooling ; Endurance Exercise ; Sports nutrition ;

  • Dr Jamie Whitfield

    I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Exercise and Nutrition Research Program at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. I received my doctoral training under Prof. Lawrence Spriet and Prof. Graham Holloway at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. My primary research interests are elucidating the mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle metabolic responses to different exercise and nutrition interventions.

    Phone : +61 3 9230 8252 (Melbourne) Email : Jamie.Whitfield@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise Metabolism ; Molecular Response to Exercise ; Exercise-Nutrition Interactions ; Nutritional Strategies ; Diversity and Plasticity of Skeletal Muscle ;

  • Centre for the Heart & Mind

  • Dr Michaela Pascoe

    Dr Pascoe undertook her PhD (supported by an Australian Post-Graduate Scholarship) at the Florey Institute (through Swinburne University). Upon submission, Dr Pascoe received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Gothenburg University and undertook an international Post-Doctorate at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, before returning to Australia to undertake a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Center for Heart and Mind, Mary MacKillop Institute

    Phone : 8266 (Melbourne) Email : Michaela.Pascoe@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    mood disorders - depression, anxiety ; Health Behaviours, social support, stress ; brain injury ; Meditation-based interventions ; Yoga and mental health ;

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Prof Trijntje Jaarsma

    Professor Tiny Jaarsma (RN NFESC FAHA FAAN) is a Professor in Caring Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Link??ping, Sweden.

    Her research focuses on the consequences of heart failure for patients and their families and interventions to enhance their self-care. Her research has beenpublished in over 250 publications ranging from short practical communications to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

    Professor Jaarsma was trained as a nurse in Groningen (NL) and worked with cardiac patients from 1988,on the cardiology ward and in the Heart Failure clinic. She received her Masters degree from the University of Maastricht in 1992, as part of a Nurse Fellowship of the Netherlands Heart Foundation. She studied for six months at the UCLA in 1993 and completed her doctoral degree in 1999, with a thesis entitled a??Heart Failure: Nursesa?? Carea??.

    Her professional activities include membership of national and international committees and guidelines (ESC, AHA), reviewer and member of editorial boards of peer- reviewed journals. She is the editor- in chief of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and the chair of the Science Committee of the ESC Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals, involved in the Nursing Council of the AHA, and is a former board member of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

    Phone : 8231 (Overseas) Email : mmihr.visitingprofessors@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    patient education ; Cardiology ; self-care ; Nursing ; heart failure ;

  • Prof Barbara Riegel

    Professor Barbara Riegel is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Professor Riegel is an established nurse scientist studying adults with cardiovascular disease. Her primary research interest is self-care of older adults with chronic heart failure. This interest in self-care grew out of her early years as a Clinical Nurse Researcher at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California, where she led several studies testing methods of transitioning chronically ill patients from hospital to home. Her work in self-care and disease management has been cited widely and used to support programs of care internationally.

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : mmihr.visitingprofessors@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    self-care ; Cardiovascular Disease ; Multimorbidity ; chronic disease management ; medication adherence ; Sleep ;

  • Prof Karen Sliwa-Hahnle

    I am a Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA) and Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town, and the Director of HICRA where I lead several research groups.
    Born in Germany, I am a clinician-scientist, having trained in Germany, Scotland and Israel. In 1992 I immigrated to South Africa where I completed my clinical training as a specialist physician, cardiologist and obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2002 I was awarded my PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand. I received Fellowships from the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and hold honorary research appointments at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), Hamilton, Canada and the Baker Institute, Melbourne, Australia. I am leading a large international registry funded by the ESC and am an editorial consultant/board member of a number of prestigious journals including a??The Lancet (IF 39) and European Heart Journal (IF 15.7).
    My work has culminated in my receiving several prestigious international awards including the African Most Influential Women in Business and Government- Continental Lifetime Achiever Award (2015/2016); German Cardiac Society Paul Morawitz Award for Exceptional Cardiovascular Research (2013); South Africa /Germany Year of Science NRF Celebrations Award (2012); Department of Science and Technology Distinguished Women in Science Award (2010); Population Health Research Institute International Scholar, McMaster University, Canada (2010) and the International Society of Hypertension Developing World Award (2010).
    In 2014 a full profile report was published about me in The Lancet. In 2015 a 2 page report portraying me as a global leader in cardiovascular medicine was published in the European Heart Journal (IF 15.7).

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : mmihr.visitingprofessors@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    heart failure ; Heart Disease in women ; Cardiomyopathy ; Heart Disease in Africa ;

  • Professor Bert Steenbergen

    My research aims to understand the relation between (congenital or acquired) brain damage and motor and visual functions. An important feature of my work the relation between fundamental research and the application of this research in the field of rehabilitation and education for individuals with visual and motor impairments. After graduation at the Free University (1992, Human Movement Sciences, with honours) I worked as a researcher at the Werkenrode Insitute for disabled children (Groesbeek, The Netherlands) and obtained a PhD in the social sciences in 2000 at the Radboud University on the topic of adapted movement behaviour following brain damage. Subsequently, I worked as an assistant professor at the Donders Centre for Cognition and was appointed full professor at the Behavioural Science Insitute 2009. At this institute I am also heading the PhD program and lecture at the Department of special education and coordinate several courses from the bachelor to the PhD level. Starting 2013 I am a professorial fellow at ACU.

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : Bert.Steenbergen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Disordered motor control and rehabilitation ;

  • Professor Takemi Sugiyama

    Dr Takemi Sugiyama has interdisciplinary research experience covering architecture, urban design, behavioural and spatial epidemiology. Building on the expertise, Dr Sugiyama has been working on research involving the built environment, active living and health. At MMIHR, his research focuses on local environments supporting active living, aged care facility design and residents' mental health, and office environment and workplace behaviours. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in public health and environmental design journals and books. He is a certified architect (Japan) and Associate Editor of Journal of Transport and Health.

    Phone : 8262 (Melbourne) Email : Takemi.Sugiyama@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Active transport ; Urban design ; Building design ; Mental Health ;

  • Professor Karen Willis

    I am a health sociologist who examines the links between health choices and broader social and political ideas. I have studied the choice to be screened, the choices that farmers make to try and stay healthy, and the choice made by people with chronic illness to participate in chronic disease self management research. My current ARC Discovery Project examines how people exercise choice in the contemporary Australian health care system.
    I am a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

    Phone : 3566 (Melbourne) Email : Karen.Willis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health policy and health system ; Social and political dimensions of health ; Chronic Illness ; Sociology of complementary & alternative medicine ; Qualitative Research Methodologies ;

  • Associate Professor Stephen Guinea

    Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation, Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Phone : 3857 (Melbourne) Email : Stephen.Guinea@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    health simulation ; workplace learning theory ; Nursing education ; Curriculum design ; situated learning theory ; Communities of practice ; CALD students ; clinical reasoning ;

  • Dr Brooke Devlin

    Dr Brooke Devlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and the Research Dietitian within the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition.

    Brooke completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University, Gold Coast and earned her PhD in sports nutrition in 2016 from La Trobe University. She joined Australian Catholic University in 2016.

    Phone : 8052 (Melbourne) Email : brooke.devlin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Nutrition ; Exercise-Nutrition Interactions ; Obesity and Overweight ; Type 2 Diabetes ; Circadian Rhythm ;

  • Dr Orly Lacham-Kaplan

    Dr Orly Lacham-Kaplan, Senior Laboratory Manager, Centre of Exercise and Nutrition has specialised in applied research in fertility for her PhD dissertation and became a world specialist in state-of-the-art technologies including stem cell therapies to overcome human infertility for which she was awarded the "BrainLink Women of Achievement Award" in 2007. Orly held a Senior Research Fellow and head of research lab position at Monash University and was the coordinator of, and a lecturer in under and postgraduate courses at Monash University. Orly was also a project officer/consultant for Cancer Council Australia to establish the new surveillance colonoscopy guidelines for the prevention of colorectal cancer and a Lab Manager at the Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology, Baker IDI before she joined the Australian Catholic University. In recent years Orly has developed interest in women health and has been concentrating on establishing holistic wellbeing (body and mind) approach to women health and everyday issues using techniques she has been learning in her studies of Masters of Counselling at Victoria University.Her current research interests include identifying the causes for muscle loss in postmenopausal women from cellular and molecular perspectives utilizing array of technical methods including imaging, molecular biology, immunochemistry and proteomics and establish possible systems to maintain muscle tissue in-vitro and in-vivo.

    Although under the Senior Professional title, Dr Lacham-Kaplan's current position is a combination of organisational management and research activities (academia)

    Phone : 8233 (Melbourne) Email : orly.lacham-kaplan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Satellite Cells and the Muscle Stem Cell Niche ;

  • Dr Dilani Mendis

    I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research. I completed my PhD in 2012 at The University of Queensland in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. My thesis studies investigated hip flexor muscle morphology and function in response to reduced activity (prolonged bed rest), increased activity (professional football), and joint pathology (acetabular labral tears). I completed my Honours in the area of Aging/Neurological Rehabilitation in my Bachelor of Physiotherapy (UQ). Prior to this, I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in biochemistry and physiology at UQ. Clinically, I have worked in hospital and private practice settings in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy in Brisbane and Sydney. I still work on a casual basis providing musculoskeletal physiotherapy services at the ACU Health Clinic and providing weekend inpatient physiotherapy services in the Intensive Care Unit and Medical/Surgical wards at the Mater Adults Hospital, South Brisbane.

    My areas of research interest include: the relationship between hip muscle dysfunction & intra-articular hip joint pathology; lumbopelvic muscle size and function and relationship to lower limb injury in elite athletes; using ultrasound imaging & MRI for clinical and research measurement of muscle size and function.

    Phone : 3623 7707 (Brisbane) Email : Dilani.Mendis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Hip joint pathology ; Lumbopelvic muscles ; Rehabilitation ; Ultrasound Imaging ;

  • Dr George Mnatzaganian

    Dr. George Mnatzaganian (PhD, MPH, MMedSci, BSN) is an epidemiologist and public health researcher. He acquired his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. In his Master degree, he majored in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His postgraduate PhD in Medicine (Epidemiology and Public Health) was from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. George has quantitative research skills in data management, data linkage, and analysis of large data sets. His doctoral studies gained him much knowledge, expertise and skills in researching health administrative data sets such as the hospital morbidity data (HMD). George has demonstrated how these HMD can be improved to better predict medical outcomes among hospitalized patients. George has some years of teaching experience - mainly teaching Public Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics. George is also interested in health services research and the research of higher degree education.

    Phone : 3637 (Melbourne) Email : George.Mnatzaganian@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    a?? Clinical epidemiology ; a?? Longitudinal cohort studies ; a?? Chronic illnesses ; a?? Ageing ; a?? Obesity ; a?? Co-morbidity indices and risk adjustment ; a?? Smoking ; a?? Health technology assessment ; a?? Higher degree education ;

  • Dr Melinda Smith

    Dr Melinda Smith commenced in 2009 as a lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane campus. She previously completed her PhD with the University of Queensland, based at the Australian Institute of Sport, investigating the effects of anti-pronation taping on neuromotor control of the lower limb and foot posture in individuals with exercise related leg pain. Her broader research interests include the aetiology and rehabilitation of lower limb overuse injuries, the lower limb kinetic chain and lumbo-pelvic function. Clinically, she has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practices in Brisbane and Canberra with a particular interest in lower limb sports injuries.

    Phone : 7628 (Brisbane) Email : melinda.smith@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Lower limb overuse injuries ; Taping ; Neuromotor control of the lower limb ;

  • Dr Annie Venville

    Dr Annie Venville is the Academic Coordinator for Professional Practice and Community Engagement at Australian Catholic University. Annie has over twenty five years of professional practice in mental health, education and disability in government and non-government sectors. Her research centres on issues related to work integrated learning, student wellbeing, educational participation and service access for marginalised and vulnerable groups.

    Phone : 8191 (Melbourne) Email : annie.venville@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health ; Education ; Disclosure ; Disability ; Work integrated learning ; Technology enhanced learning ;

  • Institute for Health & Ageing

  • Dr Karen Lim

    I am part of the Musculoskeletal Health team in the Institute for Health & Ageing, working with Prof Kerrie Sanders and Dr Catherine Connaughton. Our research focuses on falls risk, fracture management and osteoporosis in older adults. My background is food science and nutrition, and my PhD thesis was an investigation of iron and zinc nutrition in premenopausal women in Australia.

    Phone : 8243 (Melbourne) Email : karen.lim@acu.edu.au

  • Dr Gemma Tatangelo

    Since graduating from her PhD in Psychology in 2014, Gemma has worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA). In this role she has designed, managed and evaluated health interventions, including a new program to improve the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia. During her PhD and research fellow roles, she has developed a range of research skills and abilities with particular focus on program development and research design. Her current research is in the areas of health psychology and ageing, with a particular focus on the needs of family carers of people with dementia. Gemma is also a member of the biostatistics team at IHA.

    Phone : 3722 (Melbourne) Email : Gemma.Tatangelo@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Dementia Care ; Psychosocial interventions ; Healthy ageing ; Body Image ;

  • Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

  • Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

    Joseph Ciarrochi has published over 90 scientific journal articles and many books, including the best selling, Get out of your mind and into your life teens, and the widely acclaimed, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: the Seven Foundations of Well-Being. His newly released booka??Weight Escape--- applies Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to promoting positive health behaviour and weight loss. He is currently finishing up a book called The Thriving adolescent with Louise Hayes. He has been honoured with over two million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on T.V., and in magazines, newspaper articles, and radio.

    Phone : 4662 (North Sydney) Email : Joseph.Ciarrochi@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    resilience, emotional intelligence, mindfulness ;

  • Professor Rhonda Craven

    Professor Rhonda Craven is the Institute Director of the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. She is a highly accomplished researcher, having successfully secured over 7.9 million dollars in nationally and highly competitive funding for 49 large-scale research projects including 28 Australian Research Council grants. This performance is arguably one of the strongest for an Australian educational researcher. She is the recipient of the Meritorious Service to Public Education Award, the Betty Watts Award (Australian Association for Research in Education), the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision and Training, and the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Social Justice Research. Her research interests include: the structure, measurement, development, and enhancement of self-concept and key psycho-social drivers of well-being and performance; the effective teaching of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous students; maximising life potential and enabling people to not just succeed but flourish in diverse settings; and interventions that make a tangible difference in educational and industry settings.

    Phone : 4657 (North Sydney) Email : Rhonda.Craven@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Self concepts including evaluations ; * prevention of bullying and cyber bullying ; Indigenous Education and Literacy ; Reading Education ; Gifted education. ;

  • Professor Felicia Huppert

    Professor Huppert is internationally renowned for her work on the science of well-being and the promotion of human flourishing. Her research examines the causes and consequences of well-being using data from large population samples, longitudinal studies, and intervention programs such as the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Felicia spends part of the year in the UK, where she is Director of the Well-being Institute at the University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology. She advises the UK Government and international bodies on the measurement of well-being and policies to enhance well-being. In addition to numerous published papers, her edited books include the seminal publication a??The Science of Well-being (OUP, 2005), a four-volume set a??Major Works in Happiness and Well-being (Routledge, 2011), and a new book a??Interventions and Policies to Enhance Well-Being (Wiley, forthcoming).

    Phone : 4663 (North Sydney) Email : Felicia.Huppert@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Well-being, flourishing, mindfulness, measurement, ; interventions ;

  • Prof Christopher Lonsdale

    My research examines the motivational underpinnings of behaviour in a variety of contexts, including education, healthcare, and physical activity. I seek to translate this knowledge into feasible and scalable interventions that have benefits for society.

    Phone : 4642 (North Sydney) Email : Chris.Lonsdale@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Child and Adolescent Physical Activity ; Motivation and engagement ; Health ; Leadership ; Screen time ; Scalable interventions ;

  • Professor Herbert Marsh

    Professor Herb Marsh holds a joint appointment at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and at Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. He is an a??ISI highly cited researchera?? (http://isihighlycited.com/) with 842+ publications, 45,000+citations and an H-index = 120 in Google Scholar (Google Citations), co-edits the International Advances in Self Research monograph series, and has been recognised as the most productive educational psychologist in the world and the 11th most productive researcher across all disciplines of psychology.. He founded and Directs the SELF Research Centre that has 500+ members and satellite centres at leading Universities around the world, and co-edits the SELF monograph series. He coined the phrase substantive-methodological research synergy which underpins his research efforts. In addition to his methodological focus on structural equation models, factor analysis, and multilevel modelling, his major substantive interests include self-concept and motivational constructs; evaluations of teaching/educational effectiveness; developmental psychology; sports psychology; the peer review process; gender differences; peer support and anti-bullying interventions.

    Phone : 4658 (North Sydney) Email : Herb.Marsh@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    self-concept and motivational constructs ; evaluations of teaching/educational effectiveness ; Educational Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; sports psychology ; the peer review process ; peer support and anti-bullying interventions ; outdoor education ;

  • Professor Janet Mooney

    Janet is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW. She is currently a Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to this she was the Director of the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney (1996 a?? 2013) and Lecturer/coordinator in the Aboriginal Education Assistants Program (1990 a?? 1996). She has also been a Secondary Teacher, Education Officer, and Consultant in Aboriginal Education. Janet has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal people and she strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and therefore actively promotes exemplary and innovative educational practice. Her research interests include: the effective teaching of Indigenous students; Indigenous Studies; and interventions that make a difference in educational settings; i.e. employment and education, education policy and teaching, social justice, culture, history.

    Phone : 02 9701 4660 (North Sydney) Email : janet.mooney@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Indigenous education; ; Australian Indigenous History ; teaching Indigenous students, ; Social Justice; Educative justice; ; quality teaching ;

  • Professor Richard Ryan

    Phone : 4733 (Overseas) Email : Richard.Ryan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    human motivation ; self-determination theory ; Well-being, flourishing, mindfulness, measurement, ;

  • Professor Alex Yeung

    Professor Alexander Yeung is Deputy Director of IPPE and the Program Director for IPPEa??s Positive Education research program. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in educational research who has demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, and is widely published in the most prestigious journals in education studies and educational psychology. He has a strong track record of effectively and successfully conducting large-scale longitudinal research with mixed-method approaches. He has published 7 books, 15 chapters in edited books, 84 refereed journal articles, and presented over 144 papers at international conferences, and his publications are well cited. He is a registered teacher, a registered psychologist, a professional translator, a linguist, an international coach and referee in volleyball, and an educational researcher. In teaching, he has taught in various educational settings from preschool to tertiary levels, including higher degree research programs, high schools, associate degree programs, teacher education institutions, childrena??s play groups, adult education programs, and a police cadet training school. He has taught a wide range of school subjects such as English as a second language, science, physical education, and art. He has taught over 2000 students in teacher education, including more than 100 school principals, and has supervised over 10 Ph.D. students.

    Phone : 4659 (North Sydney) Email : Alexander.Yeung@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Educational Psychology ; learning, motivation and engagement ; Self-concept, health and wellbeing ; Cognitive Psychology ; Education ;

  • Dr Emma Bradshaw

    After completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours, First Class) in 2014, Dr Bradshaw turned her research focus from incremental theories of relationships to the examination of life-goals, or aspirations, and their links with wellbeing. Specifically, her doctoral thesis examined how patterns of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations (derived using latent profile analysis) relate to various indices of optimal functioning. Dr Bradshaw is also exploring several aspects of self-determination theory (SDT) using a variety of cutting-edge statistical methods including genetic algorithms, network representation, social network analysis, and actor-partner interdependence modelling. Emma's burgeoning program of postdoctoral research builds on evidence that broadening the scope of concern for increasingly distal others is beneficial to one's own wellbeing, and also explores the contextual and psychological conditions that promote integration and striving to do good.

    Phone : 02 9701 4645 (North Sydney) Email : emma.bradshaw@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Well-Being ; Life goals ; Motivation ; Prosociality ; Primary goods ;

  • Dr Theresa Dicke

    As a psychologist, my research interests lie in substantive as well as (in) methodological aspects. Substantively, my research mainly focuses on resources (e.g. engagement, motivation, classroom management) to tackle occupational strain (e.g. burnout, fatigue, depression). Further, I investigate the role of self-beliefs within the stress development process. I have also started to examine the effects of self-regulated learning on studentsa?? academic achievement. In the future I strive to expand my research in the realm of motivational variables.
    Methodologically, I am interested in and apply structural equation modeling (longitudinal models, moderation and mediation, ESEM) and I am always eager to learn innovative and complex new approaches. Recently, I have also started to acquire skills in multilevel modeling.

    Phone : 4737 (North Sydney) Email : Theresa.Dicke@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Well-Being ; occupational psychology ; Educational Psychology ;

  • Dr Anthony Dillon

    Dr Anthony Dillon graduated with a PhD from University of Western Sydney in 2011. His teaching and research focus on alternative conceptualisations of mental health (particularly ADHD), statistics and psychometrics, applied psychology, and Indigenous health. His PhD centres on an investigation of the factors that predict parentsa?? acceptance or rejection of the ADHD diagnosis of their child.

    Phone : 4670 (North Sydney) Email : Anthony.Dillon@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    mental health/illness, ADHD ; Aboriginal well-being ;

  • Dr Jiesi Guo

    His current research focuses on (1) the academic motivational factors (e.g., task value, self-concept) and choice behaviors, (2) the impact of school climate and family socialization on students' motivational beliefs and engagement, (3) how multiple ecological systems on the behavioral, social, and emotional development of youth shape their major and career choices particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

    Phone : 0432266626 (North Sydney) Email : jiesi.guo@gmail.com

    Research Interests:
    Academic Motivation ; Engagnment ; STEM aspirations adn careers ; Gender Issues ;

  • Dr Philip Parker

    Dr Philip Parker is currently an Australian Research Council DECRA funded research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE). Philipa??s research uses large longitudinal databases from the Australia, US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, and Finland where he focuses on career pathways, personality, and well-being issues related to youthsa?? transition from school to work or further education. Philip studied psychology at the SELF research centre at the University of Western Sydney where he received a first class honours degree and the Australian Psychological Society Science Prize for his thesis. He then completed his PhD at the University of Sydney on the role of motivational constructs and processes in the development of teacher burnout and subjective well-being. Philip has published in a number of international journals including the Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Journal of Personality, and Teacher and Teacher Education. He also published a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in international conferences proceedings and monographs. Philip was previously a Jacob's foundation funded post-doctoral research fellow in the PATHWAYS to Adulthood program. Philip is currently an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award holder.

    Phone : 4667 (North Sydney) Email : Philip.Parker@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Developmental Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Methodology and Statistics ;

  • Dr Baljinder Sahdra

    Dr Baljinder Sahdra is a full-time researcher at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. She holds a Bachelora??s degree in human biology and philosophy from University of Toronto, Canada. She completed a Mastera??s in philosophy, Graduate Diploma in cognitive science, and a PhD in psychology at University of Waterloo, Canada. She has previously held positions at University of California, Davis, and University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has received numerous research grants and prestigious awards for her work, and has published in several high-ranking journals. Her current research investigates factors that promote personal flourishing and prosocial behaviour. In one project, for instance, she is studying how individuals embodying a balanced, flexible attitude towards positive and negative experiences are seen by their peers as kind and helpful. In another study, she is examining the long-term effects of meditation training in focused attention and balancing of emotions on self-regulation, adaptive functioning, personal meaning-making and interpersonal relations. She applies advanced statistical methods, such as, structural equation modelling, multilevel modelling and machine learning algorithms in her various projects.

    Phone : 4669 (North Sydney) Email : Baljinder.Sahdra@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Psychometrics and Statistics ; Prosociality ; Nonattachment ; Meditation-based interventions ;

  • Dr Taren Sanders

    Taren Sanders is an early career researcher within the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. Taren's current research interests centre on the physical activity of children and young people. In particular, Taren's research interests focus on understanding what determines physical activity behaviour, the health and well-being benefits of physical activity participation, and how measurements of physical activity can be improved. Additionally, Taren is interested in how different physical activity intensities impact on health and non-physical outcomes.

    Phone : 4704 (North Sydney) Email : taren.sanders@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Physical activity measurement ; Child and Adolescent Physical Activity ; physical activity in children, movement science, ; Childhood overweight and obesity ;

  • Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz

    Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz is a mid-career research scientist working in the fields of Physical Activity and Public Health. His main research interest is in modelling the health-related outcomes of time-use, and developing optimal strategies to modify individuals??? behaviors to increase physical activity and adopt active lifestyles. Dr del Pozo Cruz???s research has a particular focus on populations known to be vulnerable to inactivity, such as individuals with chronic diseases. To address the complex challenges inherent in understanding and influencing the lifestyle behaviour-human health interaction, Dr del Pozo Cruz draws upon theory and evidence from multiple fields???including public health, psychology, human movement, sport science, and implementation science. In doing so, Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s uses a multidisciplinary approach based on the Ecological Framework for Understanding and Influencing Lifestyle behaviours and Health. This approach has been validated and is widely used in epidemiological research.
    Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s research approach embraces a dynamic and contemporary concept of health, one focused on individuals??? ability to adapt to and self-manage the personal, social, and mental changes and challenges that they face during their lives. In Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s view, physical activity and an optimal use of time have the potential to enhance individuals??? resilience to poor outcomes in all three domains: the physical, the social, and the mental domain. Optimising the time use of vulnerable populations towards active and healthy lifestyles through programs and interventions represents a significant window of opportunity to reduce the burden associated with the care of individuals with chronic diseases. Lifestyle habit modifications shift the health-care responsibilities towards individuals and the community, thereby reducing the burden on official institutions. Through deep partnerships between academia and the health-care system, strategies that optimize individuals??? time-use have the potential to improve the health of end-users in ways that are sustainable, equitable and cost-effective. This view is consistent with alternative models of care and disease prevention, where the heavy lifting is shifted from health-care systems to the community in a sustainable and coordinated manner.

    Over the past 7 years, Dr. del Pozo Cruz has participated in 4 national and international major research projects funded through competitive grant schemes as Chief Investigator to the value of $400,000. To date, he has published 63 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and disseminated this work in 43 national and international conferences. Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s h-index is 20. Considered against his career stage (6.6 years since PhD award, not counting career breaks), this equates to an m-index of 3. Hirsh [16], founder of the h-index, claimed that an m-index approaching 1 indicates a successful career, while an m-index of 2 should be considered outstanding and ???would likely be found only at the top universities???. Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s research has contributed to better understanding the impact of lifestyle behaviour on individual health in ways that have significantly advanced the field. For example, one of his international collaborations (Tremblay et al. 2017, IJBNPA) led to the standardization of the concept of Sedentary Behaviour, influencing subsequent research across the globe. Further, Dr. del Pozo Cruz???s work on time use and health outcomes over the life course has been used to develop new public health guidelines for physical activity in the UK (del Pozo Cruz, J. et al. 2018, Am J of Prev Medicine) and Australia (del Pozo Cruz et al. 2018, PLoS One). Dr. del Pozo Cruz has also recently been invited to join the Expert Committee for the development of the new 24-hour guidelines for children and adolescents in Australia (Wollongong, Nov 2018).

    Phone : +61297014644 (North Sydney ) Email : borja.delpozocruz@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    time-use ; Public Health ; sitting time ; Health Promotion ; Vulnerable Populations ; Physical Activity ;

  • Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

  • Professor Louise Burke

    Louise is based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where she is the Head of Sports Nutrition.

    As evidenced by Louise's publication and research history her interests lie in nutritional intervention strategies for sporting performance.

    To contact, please use louise.burke@ausport.gov.au rather than the ACU email listed below.

    Currently, Louise is principal supervisor of one PhD student, Associate supervisor for three PhD students and advises on several PhD/Honours students within the Exercise Metabolism Research Group headed by Professor Hawley.

    Phone : (Canberra) Email : Louise.Burke@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Nutrition ; Nutritional Strategies ; Exercise Metabolism ; Sports Performance ; Ergogenic Aids and Supplements ;

  • Prof Ester Cerin

    Professor Ester Cerin is a health psychologist and statistician. Her research interests focus on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours (physical activity and diet) and health across the lifespan.

    Professor Cerin is a member of the Executive Committees, the chief analyst and one of the main investigators of two multi-country studies on environmental correlates of physical activity and obesity in adults and adolescents (IPEN Adult and Adolescent studies) funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA). She holds an ARC Future Fellowship on urban design and active ageing and is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health. She leads the Institutea??s research program on the neighbourhood built environment, physical activity and cognitive health. She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

    Phone : 8260 (Melbourne) Email : Ester.Cerin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Statistics ; Built environment ; Cognitive health ; Psychosocial determinants of health behaviour ;

  • Professor David Dunstan

    Professor David Dunstan is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is based in Melbourne at the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. He is also the head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. His research program has attracted considerable external funding from the NHMRC, VicHealth and the National Heart Foundation. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Obesity Reviews, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Over the past 15 years, Professor Dunstan has established an extensive media profile including interviews with 60 Minutes, ABC Catalyst, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.

    Phone : 8201 (Melbourne) Email : David.Dunstan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Sedentary Behaviour ; Prevention of Chronic Disease ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ;

  • Professor John Hawley

    John is currently Head of the Exercise & Nutrition Research Group and Professor of Exercise Metabolism in the Department of Exercise Sciences. He has published over 200 scientific manuscripts (PUBMED), written over 80 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism); The Journal of Applied Physiology (U.S.A.); The Journal of Sports Sciences (U.K); Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (U.S.A.); Sports Medicine (New Zealand; and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (U.S.A.). His laboratories research interests include the interaction of exercise and diet on skeletal muscle metabolism; the molecular bases of exercise training adaptation; the cellular bases underlying exercise-induced improvements in insulin action; and exercise-nutrient interventions for weight loss. He is a consultant for several professional sports teams in Europe and Australia and a regular invited speaker at numerous international conferences every year.

    Phone : 3552 (Melbourne) Email : john.hawley@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise Metabolism ; Nutritional Strategies ; Diversity and Plasticity of Skeletal Muscle ; Obesity and Overweight ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ; Training adaptation ;

  • Professor Luc J C Van Loon

    Luc van Loon is a Professorial Fellow at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU.

    He is also a Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology and Movement Sciences at Maastricht University Medical Centre.

    Luc has an international research standing in the area of skeletal muscle metabolism. Current research in his laboratory focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutrition and exercise interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease. The main research interests of his laboratory include exercise metabolism, sports nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise, and the use of physical activity and/or dietary interventions to improve health in chronic metabolic disease and with ageing. The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue, and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest.

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : MMIHR.Director@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Muscle Metabolism ; Exercise ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ; Amino Acids ;

  • Associate Professor Anthony Barnett

    Anthony joined the Institute for Health & Ageing in December 2015 from Deakin University where he was Senior Lecturer in Sports Science. His current major research areas of interest are measurement of physical activity in older adults and the effect of the built environment on physical activity in older adults. He has previously worked at the University of Hong Kong, Baylor College of Medicine (USA), University of Queensland, Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Ball State University (USA) and Victoria University.

    Phone : 8261 (Melbourne) Email : anthony.barnett@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical activity measurement ; Built environment ; Older adults ; Cognition ;

  • Associate Professor Jon Oakhill

    I graduated from the University of Bath, UK (1998) and completed my Ph.D studies (2002) at King???s College London investigating iron acquisition in pathogenic Neisseria meningitidis. My first postdoctoral position uncovered molecular mechanisms and transporters responsible for dietary iron absorption in the duodenum. A move to Bruce Kemp's lab at St. Vincent's Institute, Melbourne in 2006 prompted a change in research fields to energy metabolism.

    I formed the Metabolic Signalling Laboratory in 2014, a multi-disciplinary team employing biochemical, biophysical, structural and cell-based techniques to investigate signalling pathways controlling cellular metabolism. While maintaining a core interest in regulation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), the cellular fuel gauge and a drug target of great potential, we are now expanding our scope to incorporate other central metabolic kinases (e.g. ULK1, mTOR, CaMKK2) and associated pathways. I also lead efforts to develop small-molecule therapeutics targeting AMPK to treat metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and neurodegeneration.

    Phone : (Melbourne, Level 5, 215 Spring Street) Email : Jon.Oakhill@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    AMPK, CaMKK2 kinase, metabolism, Type 2 diabetes ; Energy homeostasis ; Kinases ; Structural biology ;

  • Dr Alison Carver

    I am interested in the impact of the built environment on health outcomes across the lifespan. Current projects examine associations between greenspace and mental health in older adults, and the impact of the built environment on children's active transport and household travel patterns.

    My PhD (Deakin, 2009) examined associations between neighbourhood safety and children's physical activity. My Post-doctoral research at Deakin University examined the impact of the built and social environment on children's active transport and independent mobility.

    Phone : 8334 (Melbourne) Email : alison.carver@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Built environment ; Physical Activity ; Mental Health ; Active transport ;

  • Dr Yih Kai Chan

    Dr Yih Kai Chan is a research fellow at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. He has over 10 years of academic teaching, clinical and scientific experience across the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity research. He currently leads the clinical data management group and works in an integrated portfolio of studies designed to develop, test and apply innovative, cost-effective health interventions to address the current gaps in our ability to prevent, detect and manage cardiovascular disease, obesity and associated metabolic disorders. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious international journals including the Lancet, BMJ, European Heart Journal and Circulation and is a regular presenter at National/International cardiology conferences.

    Phone : 8054 (Melbourne) Email : yihkai.chan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cardiovascular Disease ; Diabetes ; Metabolic dyndrome and dyslipidaemia ; Overweight and obesity ; Nutrition and appetite regulation ; CVD and diabetes risk ;

  • Dr Catherine Connaughton

    Catherine is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. In this role she has developed, implemented and evaluated health interventions, including a program designed to engage men at midlife to make positive health behaviour changes. She is also part of the biostatistics team. Catherine is an exceptionally driven early career researcher and health psychologist who has recently moved to specialise in clinical osteoporosis research. She is particularly interested in patient outcomes following fracture such quality of life, as well as medication adherence to prevent further osteoporotic fracture.

    Phone : 3700 (Melbourne) Email : catherine.connaughton@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health behaviour change ; Osteoporosis ; Quality of life ; Fragility fracture ; Men's Health ;

  • Dr Nolan Hoffman

    Dr Nolan Hoffman completed his BSc in Biology at Butler University in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA. Nolan earned his PhD in Cellular and Integrative Physiology in 2012 from Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also received postgraduate training in the business of life sciences. He relocated to Australia in 2012 to undertake his postdoctoral research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre. He joined Australian Catholic University in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research where he currently leads the Integrative Physiology Group.

    Nolan's research is focused on the regulation of whole body and skeletal muscle metabolism by diet and exercise with a focus on cellular signalling networks and energy sensing mechanisms. His translational research involves a range of approaches including molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, proteomics, systems biology and physiology.

    Phone : (03) 9230 8277 (Melbourne) Email : Nolan.Hoffman@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise ; Exercise Metabolism ; Exercise-Nutrition Interactions ; Muscle Physiology ; Type 2 diabetes ;

  • Dr Evelyn Parr

    Dr Evelyn Parr is a postdoctoral research fellow with a research interest in reducing obesity through changes in body composition in response to exercise and nutritional interventions.
    Evelyn's current research portfolio in the Exercise and Nutrition Research program involves work regarding manipulating the timing and composition of nutritional intake and exercise on the development of type 2 diabetes concomitant with overweight/obesity. Evelyn is currently the assistant supervisor to two PhD students and one Masters student and has previous supervisory experience with Honours students.

    Phone : 03 9230 8278 (Melbourne) Email : evelyn.parr@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Obesity and Overweight ; Exercise-Nutrition Interactions ; Exercise Metabolism ;

  • Dr Govinda Poudel

    Govinda Poudel is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU. His research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the 1) Development of neuroimaging (MRI) based predictors of cognitive decline in neurodegenerative diseases, (2) Development of novel neural biomarkers of alertness failures (e.g., due to microsleeps, attention lapses), and 3) Computational modelling of neural systems and architecture using network models. Prior to joining MMIHR, Govinda worked at the University of Sydney, Monash University, and New Zealand Brain Research Institute. He holds PhD from the University of Otago, NZ and BE (First Class Honours) from UTS, Sydney. Govinda serves on the editorial board of journal SLEEP (www.journalsleep.org), which is published by Oxford Academic.

    Phone : +61 (03)92308368 (Melbourne) Email : govinda.poudel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neurodegeneration, Sleep, Fatigue, Neuroimaging ;

  • Dr John Scott

    The primary research aim of Dr Scott and his team is to understand the molecular pathways that regulate appetite, mood and behavior in response to hormones and metabolites that signal changes in nutrient availability. His research is specifically focused on the control of the metabolic sensor CaMKK2, which is a major regulator of whole-body energy metabolism and behavior. CaMKK2 dysfunction displays strong links with a range of human diseases including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as hepatic, prostate and ovarian cancers. A major goal of our research group is to unleash the potential of CaMKK2 as a treatment for psychiatric disorders and cancer, and he has established international collaborations with academic and industrial partners to develop new drugs that target CaMKK2.

    Dr Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee funded by a prestigious Wellcome Trust Prize scholarship. He moved to Melbourne in 2006 to undertake postdoctoral studies at St Vincents Institute of Medical Research (SVIMR) and established the Neurometabolism group at SVIMR in 2017. Dr Scott is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. His group uses a wide range of techniques including biochemistry, cell biology, protein crystallography, mass spectrometry and genetically modified mouse models to decipher the role of the CaMKK2 pathway in the regulation of metabolism and complex behaviour in health and disease.

    Phone : 04 2237 2230 (St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research) Email : John.Scott@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    CaMKK2 ; Metabolic Control ; Energy homeostasis ; Pyschiatric Disorders ; Prostate Cancer ;

  • Dr Eva Zopf

    Dr Eva Zopf works for the Supportive Care in Cancer team in ACU's Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, which is lead by A/Prof Prue Cormie. The Supportive Care in Cancer team conducts research focused on the prevention and management of adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. Their work aims to enhance outcomes for people with cancer by developing and evaluating interventions that improve physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
    Eva is an exercise physiologist whose research interest focuses on the role of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer. She graduated with a PhD in Sport Science at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany and worked at the Edith Cowan University as a postdoctoral research fellow before joining ACU in July 2016. Aside from developing, conducting and evaluating exercise intervention studies in cancer patients, Eva is also dedicated to improving the supportive care services available for cancer survivors. She was involved in developing a concept of exercise medicine for cancer patients in Germany, which has been successfully implemented into the medical setting and is supported by German health insurance companies since 2015.

    Phone : 8105 (Melbourne) Email : Eva.Zopf@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise Physiology ; Exercise as medicine ; Cancer ; Supportive Care ;

  • Nat Sch Exercise Science

  • Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping

    I perform research into Psychology, Perception and Action-, Motor Control-, and Decision-Making in Sport, Exercise and Healthy Ageing.

    Education, research and consultancy takes place in the following areas:

    - Visual exploration and situation awareness.
    - Affordances and action-boundary perception.
    - Locomotor pointing and falls.
    - Built environment and healthy ageing.
    - Decisions in sport, exercise and health situations.
    - Innovation and wearable technology in sport exercise and healthy ageing.

    Key words: Affordances, Exploration, Perception-Action, Perceptual Learning, Experimental Psychology, Sport Science, Falls Prevention.

    Phone : +61 (0) 736237550 (Brisbane) Email : Gert-Jan.Pepping@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Perception-Action ; Exploration ; Decision-Making ; Affordances ; Virtual reality ; Situation Awareness ;

  • Associate Professor John Saunders

    Phone : (03) 9953 3038 (Melbourne) Email : john.saunders@acu.edu.au

  • Dr Kassia Beetham

    I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research has focused on clinical exercise physiology in a variety of populations. In particular, my research investigates the effects of exercise training on cardiovascular outcomes in cardiometabolic patients, pre-natal and post-natal maternal and infant outcomes, and physical activity in early childhood.

    Phone : +61738616141 (Brisbane) Email : kassia.beetham@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Clinical Exercise Physiology ; Women's Health ; Pregnancy ; Early Childhood ; Chronic Disease ;

  • Dr Elizabeth Bradshaw

    My research is largely focused upon biomechanics and motor control of human movement with specific interest in sports performance, injury mechanisms, movement variability, and human gait.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3030 (Melbourne) Email : Elizabeth.Bradshaw@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Biomechanics ; Sport Techniques ; Biomechanics of Sport Techniques ; Injury Mechanisms ; Movement Variability ; Motor Control of Human Gait ; Human Gait ; Gait ; Injury ;

  • Dr Phillip Chapman

    My research interests include thermoregulation responses to exercise in different climatic environments. In particular, the role of the cardiovascular system under thermal stress and the limits to prolonged submaximal exercise in the heat. Other research interests include the effect of dietary manipulations and eccentric muscle damage on exercise performance.

    I am a keen cyclist and advocate exercise thoughout the lifespan as a preventative measure against chronic disease arising from a sedentary lifestyle...........not to mention it is also heaps of fun! :)

    Phone : (02) 9701 4378 (Strathfield) Email : phillip.chapman@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise Physiology ; Thermoregulation ; Endurance Exercise ; Athlete training ; Exercise Metabolism ;

  • Dr Ross Clark

    Phone : 3502 (Melbourne) Email : Ross.Clark@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Falls, Physical Function Assessment ;

  • Dr Michael Cole

    Dr Michael Cole is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Motor Control within the School of Exercise Science. Michael has an extensive background in the fields of biomechanics and exercise science, with specific research interests in the areas of neuroscience and sports and clinical biomechanics.

    In 2011, Michael was awarded an Early Career Researcher Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research Council to carry out a project aimed at improving insight into potential neuromuscular deficits that contribute to poor postural control and falls in people with Parkinson's disease. Currently, Michael's other research focuses on i) the efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation therapy for gait and balance disorders in people with Parkinson's disease; ii) evaluating the benefits of non-invasive therapies for people with Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis; and iii) evaluating the safety of common interventions for gait and balance disorders in people with neurological impairments.

    Phone : +61 7 36237674 (Brisbane) Email : michael.cole@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Human Gait and Balance ; Movement Disorders ; Low Back Pain ; Biomechanics of Sport Techniques ;

  • Dr Stuart Cormack

    I commenced with the School of Exercise Science in 2012 after 18 years in elite sport where I held various positions including as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport and Fitness Coach at the West Coast Eagles Football Club. Whilst working for West Coast I completed my PhD at Edith Cowan University.

    During my time in elite sport I have been heavily involved in applied sports science research, particularly in team sports.I have an interest in all aspects of performance.

    Phone : 3133 (Melbourne) Email : Stuart.Cormack@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Applied Sport Science ; Magnitudes Based Statistics ; Monitoring Training Load & Fatigue ;

  • Dr Mark William Creaby

    My research is largely focussed upon the role of walking and running gait biomechanics in the causation of and rehabilitation from (i) lower limb overuse injuries, and (ii) lower limb osteoarthritis. Specific projects include understanding the role of the hip muscles in injury development during military training, altered muscle function following ACL injury, and the interaction between mechanical joint stiffness and episodes of giving way in people with knee osteoarthritis.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7587 (Brisbane) Email : Mark.Creaby@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sports Injury ; Sports Medicine ; Osteoarthritis ; Human Gait ; Stress Fractures ; Biomechanics ;

  • Dr Grant Duthie

    Senior Lecturer (ACU Strathfield)

    Phone : +61297014750 (Strathfield) Email : grant.duthie@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Global Positioning Systems ; Athletic Development ;

  • Dr Shona Halson

    I commenced at ACU in 2018 after 16 years at the Australian Institute of Sport. my interest areas include recovery, sleep, fatigue and travel and I have over 100 peer-reviewed articles in these areas. I was responsible for Recovery services for the Australian Olympic Team for 3 Olympic Games and am an Associate Editor for IJSPP.

    Phone : 0422 224 491 (Brisbane) Email : shona.halson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sleep, Recovery, Travel, Fatigue ;

  • Dr Adam Hewitt

    Adam's area of expertise is within applied sport science in team and intermittent sports, with a particular focus on training and match demands and how these are effected by contextual infomration such as tactics. He has experience working with organisations such as the Australian Institute of Sport, Port Adeliade Football Club, Adealide United Football Club and Football Federation Australia. He completed his PhD in 2016 from the University of Canberra which, investigated 'Performance Analysis in Elite Soccer'.

    Phone : +61736237703 (Brisbane) Email : adam.hewitt@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Performance analysis in team sports ; GPS Analysis of Team Sports ;

  • Dr Jack Hickey

    My research focuses on the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

    Phone : 0432225273 (Melbourne) Email : jack.hickey@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sports Injury ; Hamstring Injury ; Rehabilitation ; Clinical Exercise Physiology ;

  • Dr Liam Johnson

    Dr Johnson???s research is focused on establishing a safe and efficacious exercise-training model that will promote recovery, improve cardiovascular health and quality of life after stroke. His research in assessing how exercise capacity changes over time after stroke will inform the development of exercise training guidelines to accelerate recovery, enhance motor function and reduce the disability experienced post-stroke. Dr Johnson has expertise in exercise testing and prescription in clinical populations and balance testing, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Epworth HealthCare.

    Phone : +61399533037 (Melbourne) Email : liam.johnson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Stroke ; Neurological and Neuromuscular Disorders ; Exercise ; Physical Activity ; Neurorehabilitation ;

  • Dr Richard Johnston

    Rich's area of expertise is within applied sport science in team and intermittent sports, with a particular focus on training and match demands and the associated fatigue response. He has numerous peer reviewed journals, has been an invited speaker at international conferences. He completed his PhD in 2015 from Australian Catholic University which, investigated 'Fatigue and pacing in rugby league players'.

    Phone : 7726 (Brisbane) Email : Richard.Johnston@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Team Sports; Performance; training; fatigue ;

  • Dr Christian Lorenzen

    My research focus is on exercise for people with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Currently I am investigating the response of blood glucose and microcirculation to whole body vibration exercise. I am also supervising HDR students examining training loads for team sports, and motion analysis of the Olympic and kettlebell snatch lifts.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3849 (Melbourne) Email : Christian.Lorenzen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cardiovascular Disease ; Vascular Health & Exercise ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ; Conditioning for Team Sports ; GPS Analysis of Team Sports ;

  • Dr Nirav Maniar

    My research work focuses on the prevention and management of lower-limb injuries, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament.

    Phone : 9053 3030 (Melbourne) Email : nirav.maniar@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    musculoskeletal injury ; neuromechanics ; Osteoarthritis ; anterior cruciate ligament injury ;

  • Dr Mark Moresi

    Dr Mark Moresi started in the School of Exercise Science as a lecturer in Exercise Science in 2012. Prior to taking a position at ACU Mark worked as a Biomechanist with the NSW Institute of Sport providing sport science support for a number of sports including track and field.
    Mark graduated from his PhD in 2012 which investigated the use of musculoskeletal kinetic models to predict injury and performance in high level adolescent female athletes. Mark's ongoing research interests include the biomechanics of sports techniques, sport injury and injury mechanisms, sport techniques and track and field with a specific interest in the influence of mechanical loading on injury mechanisms in elite athletes.

    Phone : 4245 (Strathfield) Email : Mark.Moresi@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Biomechanics of Sport Techniques ; Sports Techniques ; Injury Mechanisms ; Sports Injury ; Track and Field ;

  • Dr Michael Noetel

    How do we help people change their behaviour to make their lives better? How do we motivate them and teach them best for growth?
    I work at the intersection of psychology, education, and health. I use the psychology of motivation and performance to identify ways of changing behaviour. I hope to use the science of learning to identify environments and ways of communicating that help people change. And I target behaviour change that improves people's health and wellbeing. I strive to create a challenging, motivating, and supportive environment for those I hope to help, not just my clients and potential research students.

    Phone : +61414822353 (Brisbane) Email : michael.noetel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Psychology ; Education ; Health ; Health behaviour change ; Online Learning Application ;

  • Dr David Opar

    My research focuses on the prediction, prevention and rehabilitation of hamstring strain injuries.

    Phone : 3742 (Melbourne) Email : David.Opar@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sports Injury ; Hamstring Injury ; Epidemiology ; ACL injury ;

  • Dr Christian Pitcher

    Christian Pitcher (PhD, BSc [Hons], AEP) is a Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He is an early-career academic focused on the promotion and integration of human movement for restoring function and mitigating disability for individuals living with disease or injury. Christian graduated from The University of Western Australia with a PhD in paediatric rehabilitation for his work characterising skeletal muscle pathology in children with cerebral palsy. He is an accredited exercise physiologist with extensive experience across various clinical and sport rehabilitation settings. As a teacher, researcher, and clinical supervisor, Christian encourages students to challenge the conventional wisdom as they strive to better the livelihood of those around them.

    Phone : 3185 (Melbourne) Email : christian.pitcher@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Clinical Exercise Physiology ; Physical Activity, Exercise, and Ageing ; Paediatrics ; Cerebral Palsy ; Neurological and Neuromuscular Disorders ;

  • Dr Jemima Spathis

    Jemima's area of expertise is within applied sport science and clinical exercise physiology, with a particular focus on Paralympic classification, power lifting and women's health. She has numerous peer reviewed journals and completed her PhD in 2015 from University of Queensland entitled, "Towards evidence-based classification in Track and Filed events"

    Phone : 7886 (Brisbane) Email : jemima.spathis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Sports Performance ; Exercise Physiology ; Women's Health ;

  • Dr Angelica Thompson Butel

    I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology with the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University. I also hold a honorary appointment at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and I am a research affiliate with the Center of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery.

    I completed the Bachelor of Applied Science: Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney University in 2007 and a PhD at UNSW in 2014. My PhD was based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), where I investigated assessment and rehabilitation techniques for stroke survivors. During my PhD I was awarded a number of competitive scholarships including a full PhD scholarship, a top up scholarship (NeuRA), a Special Domestic PhD scholarship (UNSW) and 3 travel bursaries (Stroke Society of Australasia x2 and UNSW x1).

    Since completing my PhD I have continued my research in Neurological rehabilitation and assessment with a special interest in rehabilitation for patients with stroke. I have been involved in a number of studies utilising virtual reality for education and rehabilitation in these populations.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4739 (Strathfield) Email : Angelica.ThompsonButel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neurological Rehabilitation ; Stroke ; Upper limb assessment ; Aerobic exercise ; Virtual reality ;

  • Dr Ryan Timmins

    Ryan's research focuses around sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. His work is mainly within hamstring injury risk and interventions which can reduce the likelihood of an injury occurring.

    His research has direct impact in elite sport, with practical outcomes and study designs being developed in consultation with Australian and International sporting organisations. These include the United States Olympic Committee, Arsenal Football Club, Manchester City Football Club, Port Adelaide Football Club, Richmond Australian Football Club and many others.

    Phone : 3772 (Melbourne) Email : ryan.timmins@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Hamstring Injury ; Muscle ; Strength Training ; Sports Injury ; Sports Medicine ;

  • Dr Paul Tofari

    My research interests currently focus on the biological and perceptual responses to team-sport exercise.

    Phone : +61392308272 (Melbourne) Email : paul.tofari@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Team Sports; Performance; training; fatigue ;

  • Dr Doug Whyte

    My research focuses on how stressors, such as exercise, heat stress and dehydration alter brain function and influence performance and fatigue.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3557 (Melbourne) Email : Doug.Whyte@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Exercise Physiology ; Thermoregulation ; Fatigue ; Dehydration ; Warm up ;

  • Mr Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor is a biomechanics and motor control lecturer with the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University. Paul completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science with Honours in 2009 and his PhD in Exercise Science in 2017. Paul's primary research focus is in movement variability, its interaction with motor learning, skill acquisition and adaptability. Paul has also published work on sports biomechanics projects covering athletics, netball, water polo and gymnastics. Paul regularly presents papers at the annual conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. Paul is a member of the International Society of Biomechanics, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.

    Phone : 4651 (Strathfield) Email : Paul.Taylor@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Movement Variability ; Sports Biomechanics ; Skill Acquisition ;

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  • Professor Nancy Louise Low Choy

    Dr Nancy Low Choy holds a joint appointment with ACU / TPCH (Q-Health) as the Professor of Physiotherapy (Aged and Neurological Rehabilitation). Dr Low Choy has considerable
    clinical, teaching and research experience with older adults and those with neurological disabilities. The joint appointment will enable research in both hospital and community settings across the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Dr Low Choy also has considerable experience in curriculum development for entry level and post-graduate coursework. She has led initiatives that have improved clinical outcomes for fallers and people with neurological disorders as well as promoting healthier ageing, prevention of falls and ageing well with a disability.

    Phone : 7685 (Brisbane) Email : Nancy.LowChoy@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Ageing and vestibular dysfunction ; Falls events and causal factors ; Reliability and validity of measurement tools ; Outcomes after interventions for those with ABI ; Healthy ageing and adherence to exercise programs ; Ageing well with a neuro-motor disability ; Models of Care & Functional Outcomes ;

  • Dr Belinda Bilney

    Dr Belinda Bilney is a physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department, School of Allied Health. Her research interests include an understanding of movement disorders and measurement of the disorder in people with conditions such as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke. She has a particular interest in assessment of gait disorders in people with neurological conditions.

    Phone : 5367 (Ballarat) Email : Belinda.Bilney@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Huntington's Disease ; Parkinson's Disease ; Human Gait and Balance ; Neurorehabilitation ;

  • Dr Maria Constantinou

    Dr Maria Constantinou (PhD, MPhSt(Sports), BPhty, GradCertEd) is an Academic and an Australian registered physiotherapist with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. Maria is an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, a Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP), a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (FASMF) and a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Australian Catholic University, having previously worked at Griffith University (2006 - 2016) and The University of Queensland (2000 - 2005). Maria has served on several professional committees, including as the Executive Secretary of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (2011 - 2019), a committee member of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia (2008 ??? current) and an Executive Board member of Sports Medicine Australia (Qld branch) (2001 - 2006). Maria was the Polyclinic and Team Physiotherapy Programs Coordinator for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and has extensive clinical experience, having also worked at many major games including Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Papua New Guinea 2015 Pacific Games and Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games. Maria's clinical, teaching and research interests include the healthy participation in sports and exercise, the prevention and management of sports injuries, sports injury surveillance, sports and therapeutic taping, reflective practice in health education and gait and function in hip osteoarthritis, which was the focus of her PhD studies. Maria's interest in the international advancement of sports medicine and physiotherapy has seen her present in over 25 countries, across five continents, at national and international conferences, workshops, and professional development events. Maria's publications include the book Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions (Elsevier) which has been translated into several languages.

    Phone : 7590 (Brisbane) Email : Maria.Constantinou@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Hip Osteoarthritis ; Gait biomechanics ; Sports Injuries: Prevention and Management ; Sports and therapeutic taping ; Reflective Practice ; Sports Injury surveillance ; Masters Athletes ;

  • Dr Simone Dorsch

    I believe that all stroke survivors should have access to evidence-based intensive rehabilitation in order to maximise their outcomes after stroke. My research investigates;
    1. the contribution of impairments to activity limitations after stroke in order to inform therapists of the relative relevance of intervention to address specific impairments
    2. strategies to increase intensity of practice in rehabilitation

    Phone : 2277 (North Sydney) Email : Simone.Dorsch@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Stroke Rehabilitation, strength, stroke outcomes ;

  • Dr David Andrew Good

    I have worked in the field of biomedical research since commencing post-graduate studies in 1997. Since then I have been involved in a number of different internationally recognised research projects ranging from obesity to cancer. In 2008 helped I established the Division of Molecular and Gene Therapies within the Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research. I was subsequently appointed the Head of the Clinical Research Unit. Some of the projects I am currently involved in include, genetics of type 2 diabetes, research into solid tumours (lung cancer, prostate, breast and colorectal cancer) and Chinese traditional medicines. In early 2009, I help establish a collaborative link with the Guangdong Pharmaceutical University in Guangdong Province China and more recently I have been responsible for establishing links with an industry partners.

    Over the course of my career I have had the opportunity to teach medical students at the University of Queensland. Since 2008 I was the course convenor (lecturer-in-charge) for anatomy and physiology at Griffith University. In this role I received many student nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards. In 2010, I also received a Commendation for outstanding performance in enhancing the quality of student learning.

    Phone : 7657 (Brisbane) Email : David.Good@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cancer ; Therapeutics ; Traditional medicine ; Pain ; Pain management ; Type 2 diabetes ; Obesity ;

  • Dr Judith Hough

    Dr Judy Hough is a lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane campus. She also works clinically as a physiotherapist in Neonatal Intensive Care and is an honorary researcher at the Mater Research Institute where she is also the co-leader of the Critical Care of the Newborn research program.

    Phone : 7625 (Brisbane) Email : Judith.Hough@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neonatal and paediatric respiratory care ; Evidence Based Practice ; Translation of Research Into Practice ; Pediatric physiotherapy ;

  • Dr Lyndal Jane Maxwell

    I started my physiotherapy career as a clinician initially in rotating positions then specialising in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, in particular intensive care.
    Prior to commencing at ACU I was an academic at the University of Sydney where I taught into undergraduate, graduate-entry and post-graduate programs, and supervised Honours students. I was also a member of the clinical education team for a number of years, managing clinical placements for students.
    I commenced at ACU in 2011 and am leading the development and teaching of the cardiorespiratory curriculum.
    I was awarded my PhD in 2004 for my thesis titled "Factors that may influence the effectiveness of manual hyperinflation in assisting secretion clearance in intubated and ventilated patients".

    Phone : 2254 (North Sydney) Email : Lyndal.Maxwell@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy ; Critical Care ;

  • Dr Vaughan Nicholson

    Dr Nicholson is an experienced clinician in the field of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. He has a particular interest in age and activity-related musculoskeletal conditions (eg. osteoarthritis, sarcopenia, osteoporosis) and exercise interventions to combat these conditions. His PhD research assessed the effectiveness of resistance training and balance based interventions on balance, strength and body composition in adults aged 55-85 years. His research continues to examine the effects of novel exercise and motor imagery interventions on the function of middle-aged and older adults.
    Dr Nicholson's other research focus is enhancing the evidence base of swimming Paralympic classification systems.

    Phone : 7687 (Brisbane) Email : vaughan.nicholson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Motor imagery ; Strength Training ; Balance ; Osteoporosis ; Paralympic classification ;

  • Dr Pam Teys

    Phone : +61736237689 (Brisbane) Email : pamela.teys@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Musculoskeletal pain and injury ;

  • Dr Alex Wirianski

    I am an Australian registered Physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in both the public and private health sectors in metropolitan and rural and remote NSW. My main areas of interest are in musculoskeletal and orthopaedics with particular interest in the management of the temporomandibular joint, cervical spine and headache. I completed my PhD in 2017 at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Sydney, investigating the effects of specific resistance exercise on the recruitment patterns of the muscles of mastication. As part of my PhD studies and our ongoing research and academic collaborations, I completed part of my requirements for my PhD at Tohoku University, Sendai and Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. In 2009 I received an inaugural Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award which facilitated the completion of these PhD studies.

    I am currently a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at ACU with a research and teaching focus. One of my roles includes the supervision of Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours students. I have presented at numerous local and international conferences and have several successful competitive, peer reviewed research grants.

    Phone : +61297392259 (North Sydney) Email : alex.wirianski@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Human jaw function and motor control ; Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) ; Orofacial pain ;

  • Ms Susan Reid

    Dr. Sue Reid is a senior lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. She has been a recognised manipulative physiotherapist (Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) since 1987 and a Certified Mulligan Practitioner since 2010. Her clinical interests are treating neck pain, dizziness, headaches, and concussion. Sue has completed her research masters and PhD on the identification and treatment of cervicogenic dizziness and pain. She has also published on neurodynamic testing of the upper limb and validating Dr Goniometer for forearm movement. She has published in international journals, written book chapters, presented Webinars, and workshops internationally. Current research projects include physiotherapy management after a fractured radius, musculoskeletal pain related to usage of mobile device usage, and concussion prevention and treatment.

    Phone : 2267 (North Sydney) Email : sue.reid@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, ; Concussion ; Cervicogenic dizziness ; Headache ; Neck Pain ; Neural Tension ; Manual Therapy ; Mulligan Concept ;

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  • Professor John Gleeson

    John Gleeson is a clinical psychologist with 20 years experience in severe mental health problems. His research interests include psychological treatments in youth with psychosis, the use of moderated on-line social interventions for youth with mental health problems, and experience sampling methods in the understanding of anxiety and mood problems.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3108 (Melbourne) Email : John.Gleeson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Youth Mental Health ; Psychosis ; Experience Sampling ; Moderated web-based interventions for youth mental ;

  • Professor Sheryl Hemphill

    Sheryl Hemphill is a Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Program Director of the Promoting Healthy Development and Inclusion research program in the Learning Sciences Institute, Faculty of Education and Arts. Sheryl is committed to disseminating and translating research findings into practice and policy. Her main areas of research are on the prevention of externalising behaviours (eg bullying, cyber-bullying, antisocial behaviour, violence). In addition, her research has also examined the impact of school behaviour management approaches (eg school suspension) on student behaviour and wellbeing.

    Phone : 3119 (Melbourne) Email : Sheryl.Hemphill@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    * child, adolescent and young adults' development ; * prevention of bullying and cyber-bullying ; * prevention of violence and antisocial behaviour ; * promotion of mental health ; * impact of school discipline and suspension ; * prevention in schools and communities ; * descriptive longitudinal studies ; * developmental and educational psychology ; * development of conduct problems in young people ;

  • Professor Peter Rendell

    Professor Peter Rendell is director of the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre at Australian Catholic University. The centre conducts experimental psychology research in the field of cognitive and neuropsychology. He has a focus on cognitive ageing with a particular interest in prospective memory (memory for future intentions such as keeping appointments and taking medication) and episodic future thinking (ability to imagine future events and show foresight). He is also interested in memory in various other groups including autism, chronic heart failure and substance users. In addition, he is currently investigating emotional processing and social cognition in older adults and various clinical groups.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3126 (Melbourne) Email : Peter.Rendell@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Memory ; Prospective Memory ; Children ; Future Thinking ; Emotion ; Clinical Groups ; Neuropsychology ;

  • Associate Professor Leah Brennan

    Biographical Information

    I am a Clinical, Health, Educational and Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University Melbourne. My primary areas of research include; (1) the role of psychology in understanding and treating eating, weight and body image concerns and their biopsychosocial comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, depression, stigma), (2) the role of parents in improving child behaviour and well being, and (3) promoting evidence-based practice and the generation of practice-based evidence in 'real-world' settings.

    I am particularly interested in developing and/or evaluating evidence based interventions, conducting intervention trials (including efficacy, effectiveness, implementation) and evaluating the effectiveness of real-world treatment programs. I work closely with a range of hospital, community and private treatment services and have recently lead the establishment of the ACU Clinic for Health Eating and Weight to provide high quality low cost assessment, treatment and support for eating, weight and body image concerns and to facilitate clinical research in this area.

    Phone : 3662 (Melbourne) Email : Leah.Brennan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Obesity and Overweight ; Eating Disorders ; Body Image ; Mental Health ; Parenting ; Child Behaviour ; Evaluation of 'Real World' Interventions ; Disseminatin of Evidence Based Practice ; Generation of Practice Based Evidence ; Childhood overweight and obesity ; Obesity ; Overweight ;

  • Associate Professor Kristin Laurens

    My primary research interests are in child and youth mental health. I conduct multi-disciplinary longitudinal research projects that use cognitive neuroscience and life-course epidemiology methods to characterise developmental pathways from childhood to diverse health, social, and educational outcomes in adolescence and young adulthood. I am motivated to identify new prevention and early intervention opportunities in childhood that promote successful development for all individuals, and I work with clinical colleagues and educational professionals to develop new prevention and intervention programs for young people. I am currently supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

    Phone : 6257 (Brisbane) Email : kristin.laurens@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Developmental psychopathology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Epidemiology and Population Health ; Schizophrenia / psychosis ;

  • Associate Professor Anne Tolan

    Short-term memory and forgetting in particular the irrelevant speech effect; source memory; memory and psychopathology; aging and memory; and prospective memory

    Phone : (07) 3623 7256 (Brisbane) Email : Anne.Tolan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Memory ; Short-Term Memory ; Forgetting ; Prospective Memory ; Source Memory ; Psychopathology ; Aging ; Irrelevant Speech Effect ;

  • Dr Joel Anderson

    I am a social psychologist whose research interests largely revolve around intergroup cognitive processes and how they typically manifest in a range of anti-social ways, including prejudice, stigma, discrimination, sexual objectification, and interpersonal dehumanization.

    My major research focus pertains to:
    * stereotypes and prejudice relating to gender or sexuality bias' (including gender-based inequality, sexual prejudice/homophobia/transphobia/femmephobia), migrant groups (refugees/asylum seekers or skilled migrants), and religious groups
    * sexualisation process including the sexualised treatment of women, sexualised online behaviours, and sexualised drug use,
    * gender norms and identities - including precarious manhood theory, masculinisim, and feminist psychology,
    * the social psychology of religion.

    From a measurement perspective, I'm interested in the use of indirect and implicit measures, or methods of measurement that tap cognitive processes beyond the realm of conscious control. I am also interested in the use of cognitive priming techniques to causally assess relationships (between social psychological constructs and attitudes) which are typically explored using correlational research.

    Phone : 0403723126 (Melbourne) Email : joel.anderson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Implicit measures ; Social psychology ; Prejudice ; Homophobia ; Refugees ;

  • Dr Paul Atkins

    I joined the School of Psychology, ACU in January this year. I am a board endorsed Organisational Psychologist who has worked in both academia and industry. At ACU I am currently teaching organisational and counselling psychology, as well as coordinating the Master of Clinical Counselling program. By training, I am a registered psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Cambridge University. I have three PhD students continuing at ANU studying the impacts of mindfulness and values-based living on daily life. I am just now beginning a program of research in collaboration with my honours and masters students exploring the behavioural and physiological correlates of breath meditation practice. Other research I am conducting focuses upon the effects of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy upon identity, perspective taking and relationships. I have just finished editing a book for Cambridge University Press on the use of mindfulness training in organizations.

    Phone : 4497 (Strathfield) Email : paulw.atkins@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    mindfulness, identity, teamwork ;

  • Dr Helen Aucote

    Health Psychology and Social Cognition. Risk Perception and how this impacts on the adoption of health behaviours. Social cognitive factors associated with pro-environmental behaviour.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3013 (Melbourne) Email : Helen.Aucote@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health Psychology ; Social Cognition ; Pro-Environmental Behaviour ; Health Behaviours ; Social Cognitive Factors ; Risk Perception ;

  • Dr Luisa Batalha

    I received a B.A. from Stockholm University in 2002, aM.Sc. from Stockholm University in 2003, and a Ph.D. Uppsala University in 2008. At Uppsala University, my doctoral thesis centered around intergroup relations and issues of affirmative action and prejudice. My research interests Continue to focus on prejudice but i have also a keen interests in the interplay of social psychology and climate change mitigation behaviour

    In 2008 I received a two-year research grant (1 000 000 SKR) from the Swedish Research Council to conduct post-doctoral research work at the Australian National University with Professor Kate Reynolds

    At the ANU i held three Research Fellowships, two at the School of Psychology and one in Political Science.

    Since July 2015 I have taken on a position as lecturer in social psychology at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield campus in Sydney.

    Phone : +61297014731 (Strathfield) Email : Luisa.Batalha@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Prejudice, intergroup relations, radicalisation, ; Climate Change ;

  • Dr Joanne Bennett

    My primary research interests are in cognitive functioning and cognitive neuropsychology across the lifespan, applied driving psychology, and road safety. My research has focused on understanding the relationships between cognitive function and driving behaviour across the lifespan. My research aims to use this information to determine fitness to drive, in particular for older adults and individuals with neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease.

    Phone : +61297014398 (Strathfield) Email : joanne.bennett@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cognition and behaviour ; Neuropsychology ; Driving Psychology ; Road Safety ;

  • Dr Carina Chan

    Dr Carina Chan is the Deputy Head of School of Psychology (Brisbane). She joined Australian Catholic University in March 2014. A graduate of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and trained in health psychology, Carina's primary interest and expertise are in the psychosocial aspects of understanding health and health behaviours. She has strong interests in health promotion and the prevention and management of chronic diseases, some of her recent projects included the development and implementation of a community-based Malaysia Diabetes Prevention Program, the development of a diabetes risk representation measure and modification of a diabetes risk assessment tool.

    She has also conducted projects on eating disorders, HPV vaccination, workplace health psychology and psychological assessment. Carina has previously worked in a developing country and has been involved in regional research training and building research capabilities in prevention and management of chronic diseases in South-east Asia.

    Carina was a visiting scientist at Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is the President of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM) and the inaugural chairperson of INSPIRE (International Network for Supporting Promising Individual Researchers in their Early career) at the International Society of Behavioural Medicine. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being.

    Phone : 7891 (Brisbane) Email : carina.chan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health Psychology ; Health Promotion ; Chronic Disease ; Risk Perception ; Health Behaviours ; Psychosocial interventions ;

  • Dr Helena Chui


    BSSc., 1999, Journalism and Communications, minor: Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    MSc., 2002, Gender, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
    Ph.D., 2010, Applied Social Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Development, Colorado State University, CO, United States

    Phone : +61297014742 (Room C1.41, Edward Clancy Building, 163 - 167 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135, Strathfield NSW 2135) Email : Helena.Chui@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    emotion regulation ; Emotional well-being ; Health Behaviours, social support, stress ; Coping and resilience ; Aging ; Religiosity ; Prejudice ;

  • Dr Francesco Foroni

    Dr. Foroni conducts research on the interplay between affective and cognitive processes involved in perception and judgments.

    His research agenda includes a growing line of research on perceptual, affective and cognitive processes involved in food choice. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary research network he is developing a research program with a novel approach to food research combining paradigms assessing implicit and explicit attitudes, decision making, and preference with the aim to directly apply the results to clinical and healthy populations. For instance, he is investigating how we categorises different types of food and which factors (e.g., implicit/explicit evaluations or individual characteristics) drive food/beverage preferences and choices.

    A second research line investigates how proprioceptive information about our own body (e.g., facial feedback) are at the base of emotion information processing and how this proprioceptive information guides our explicit judgments and fast implicit evaluative processes.

    His research is characterised by an integrated approach and has employed classical social cognitive behavioural methods together with electrophysiological and neuroscientific techniques also in healthy and clinical groups.

    Phone : 4538 (Strathfield) Email : francesco.foroni@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social Cognition ; Food perception and choice ; Emotion ; Embodied cognition ; Facial Expressions ; Social Cognitive Neuroscience ; Eating behaviours ;

  • Dr Leah Kaufmann

    My research spans a number of different areas of social psychology, personality and individual differences, and social cognition. My PhD was completed in the area of implicit social cognition and I have recently undertaken several projects exploring implicit and explicit prejudices. This research includes student projects and inter-university collaborations. I also have interests in the area of implicit self-cognitions, especially self-evaluations and cognitions about eating and body image. Most recently I have commenced research in the topic of embodied cognition (e.g., the effects of tactile sensations such as roughness on social behaviours such as donating to charity).

    Phone : (03) 9953 3015 (Melbourne) Email : leah.kaufmann@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Implicit measures ; Prejudice ; Social Cognition ; Embodied cognition ; Self concepts including evaluations ; Body Image ; Social psychology ; Individual differences including personality ;

  • Dr Peter Koval

    My research lies at the intersection of social, personality and clinical psychology with a focus on emotional processes.
    I study emotional functioning in daily life using 'experience sampling' or 'ecological momentary assessment.' This involves collecting intensive longitudinal data (e.g., many repeated measurements of emotions from each individual) and therefore requires use of non-standard statistics. Hence, I also have an interest in multilevel modeling, especially in relation to studying within-person variability and change over time.
    Substantively, I am interested in how people experience and regulate their emotions in response to everyday events, and how these processes relate to well-being and psychopathology.
    For example, I have examined how negative emotions fluctuate over time among people with varying levels of depressive symptoms, as well as among young people diagnosed with clinical depression.
    I have also investigated how patterns of emotional change over time are related to the strategies people habitually use to regulate their emotions, as well as to environmental factors (e.g., social stress).
    I am currently involved in several trials of novel online interventions for young people with psychosis and depression and their carers, in collaboration with Professor John Gleeson (ACU) and researchers at Orygen (the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health).

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : peter.koval@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Emotion ; emotion regulation ; Well-Being ; Experience Sampling ; Depression ;

  • Dr Izelle Labuschagne

    I am a clinical neuroscientist and a Research Fellow in the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre within the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. In addition to training as a neuroscientist, I also obtained accredited training in Psychology during my undergraduate studies at Monash University and at Swinburne University of Technology.

    Within our Centre, I lead a major program of research on social cognitive neurosciences. This involves directing a group of researchers and students on research involving oxytocin and human participants in studies involving healthy ageing as well as clinical groups (e.g., social anxiety disorder).

    My research examines the social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, and in particular, how psychiatric illnesses and ageing affect these processes. I also examine how, when and why the healthy ageing brain, show declines in core social cognitive functions. My research incorporates a variety of brain imaging techniques (such as fMRI, DTI, EEG, EMG, tDCS, and fNIRS), cognitive assessments, and neuropsychopharmacological manipulations. I have conducted randomised and double-blind placebo-controlled trials in humans investigating the effects of antidepressants such as SSRIs, serotonergic precursors such as tryptophan, and more recently, neuropeptides such as oxytocin. My research uses both healthy as well as clinical samples including social anxiety disorder, Huntington's disease and body image disorders. Using a variety of research methods, I strive to understand the neurobiological mechanisms implicated in dysfunctional social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, with an aim to improve quality of life and develop more refined and targeted treatment options for mental health disorders.

    Phone : 03 9953 3816 (Melbourne) Email : izelle.labuschagne@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social Cognitive Neuroscience ; Emotion ; Ageing ; Oxytocin ; Anxiety ; Social Phobia ; Cognition ;

  • Dr Valentina Lorenzetti

    Dr Lorenzetti is Senior Lecturer, Lead of the Neuroscience of Addiction & Mental Health Program and Deputy Director of the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre, at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Australian Catholic University.

    Her research program aims to map vulnerability to and recovery of brain and mental health harms in chronic addictions and psychopathology. An additional goal is to establish consensus-based gold standards to measure substance use and misuse in research, treatment and public health settings.

    Dr Lorenzetti' long-term vision is to carry out world-leading research on the pathophysiology of addiction and to alleviate its devastating harms on ~55M people globally, by combining advanced multimodal neuroimaging tools, global multi-site cohorts and new interventions.

    Her Program welcomes national and international student exchange.

    Examples of research questions examined by the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program include:

    - Who is most vulnerable to brain and mental health harms, among substance users?

    - Which neurobiological mechanisms differentiate young adolescent substance users who are vulnerable to brain and mental health harms, from those who are resilient to these harms?

    - How to mitigate brain and mental health harms in chronic addictions? We explore the role of mindfulness-based strategies that target craving, and CBD-based interventions.

    - How does cannabis potency affect brain integrity, and what is the role neuroprotective and neurotoxic cannabinoids in driving and mitigating brain harms in cannabis users?

    - How does recreational and dependent substance use differ at a neurobiological level?

    - How do men and women differ in the neurobiology of substance use?


    Phone : +61392308088 (Melbourne) Email : valentina.lorenzetti@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    addiction ; neuroscience ; Mindfulness ; sex differences ; cannabis ;

  • Dr Skye McLennan

    Dr McLennan's research centres on higher-order processes associated with the frontal lobes such as executive functions, prospective memory, and social behaviour. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms that lead to changes in these abilities and the impact that these changes have in everyday life.

    Her research focuses on groups such as older people, long term opiate users, and people affected by cardiovascular disease. She collaborates closely with researchers from the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, and employs methods such as neuropsychological assessment, structured behavioural assessments, and biophysiological assessment (e.g. saliva sampling for hormone measurement, EMG, brain stimulation).

    Phone : 3124 (Melbourne) Email : Skye.McLennan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mild cognitive impairment ; Neuropsychology ; Social Cognition ; vascular cognitive impairment ; Psychometrics ;

  • Dr Lisa Clare Milne

    Phone : 3114 (Melbourne) Email : Lisa.Milne@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Infant Mental Health ; Personality Assessment ; Projective Techniques ; Attachment ; Clinical Disorders ;

  • Dr Gill Terrett

    Educational and developmental psychology. Sub-topics including: temperament, social and emotional development in children, family functioning and peer relations

    Phone : (03) 9953 3121 (Melbourne) Email : Gill.Terrett@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Educational ; Developmental Psychology ; Temperament ; Peer Relations ; Emotion ; Social and Emotional Development in Children ; Family Functioning ; Social ;

  • Dr Stephanie Tobin

    I joined the School of Psychology as a Senior Lecturer in June, 2015. Prior to joining ACU, I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Queensland and an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. I completed my PhD in the Social Psychology Program at Ohio State University in 2004.

    My research examines the psychology of social media use. In particular, I am interested in activities and experiences that promote and threaten belonging and well-being, and factors related to social media addiction.

    Phone : 7212 (Brisbane) Email : Stephanie.Tobin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social psychology ; Social Media Use ; Belonging ;

  • Dr Cynthia Turner

    I am a Clinical Psychologist with a clinical and academic interest in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders such as tics, Tourette Syndrome and body dysmorphic disorder. Most of my work is in the field of child and youth mental health. My academic focus is on the development and evaluation of intervention programs for young people and their families.

    Phone : 6097 (Brisbane) Email : Cynthia.Turner@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Child and Youth Mental Health ; Obsessive-compulsive disorder ; Body Dysmorphic Disorder ; Anxiety Disorders ; Tourette Syndrome, Tic Disorders ;

  • Dr Thomas Whelan

    Tom Whelan (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at ACU. He is the National Course Director for Counselling, overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate programs. His current field of research concerns emotions and parenting. He has specific interests in parenting and mental health as well as the role and nature of crying in adulthood.

    Phone : 3127 (Melbourne) Email : Tom.Whelan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Emotional Health ; emotion regulation ; crying ; posttraumatic growth ; fathering ; mood disorders - depression, anxiety ;

  • Dr Megan Louise Willis

    My primary research interests are in social cognition, emotion processing and cognitive neuropsychology. My research has focused on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in processing emotional expressions and making social judgements. My research also aims to uncover the reasons why certain people have difficulties recognising the emotional expressions of others and using emotional expressions to guide their social judgements. My research has primarily employed cognitive neuropsychological, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4501 (Strathfield) Email : Megan.Willis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Psychology ; Neuropsychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Cognition ; Emotion ; Facial Expression ; Social Judgements ; Cognitive Psychology ; Psychophysiology ;

  • Dr Kate Witteveen

    My research interests are predominantly focussed on the interplay between cognition and psychological disorders. My PhD investigated cognitive risk factors for depression(specifically rumination and thought suppression)in females. I am currently involved in a number of projects investigating the neurocognitive impact of concussion. Those projects include the development and assessment of a test battery to assess neurocognitive deficits and facilitate training to aid in recovery. I am also interested in all aspects of memory, as well as scale development and validation.

    Phone : 07 3623 7642 (Brisbane) Email : kate.witteveen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive vulnerability to psychological disorders ; Neurocognitive deficits ; Memory ; Psychometrics ;

  • Dr Ying Yang

    Dr Ying Yang joined ACU as a lecturer in Social Psychology in July 2015. Her PhD research was focused on the cultural variance in perceiving collective emotions and the underlying mechanism. She has great interest and passion in understanding how people from different cultures perceive, think and behave.

    Her current research is focused on 1) culture; 2) collective emotion; 3) social identity; 4) intergroup relations.

    She has been selected to receive the prestigious Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2016. The project seeks to explore how and why Easterners and Westerners perceive collective emotions differently. This project will shed lights on the function of culture on emotion recognition and also prompt a better understanding among different cultural groups.

    Phone : 4398 (Strathfield) Email : ying.yang@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Culture ; Collective emotion ; Social identity ; Intergroup relations ;

  • Dr Keong Yap

    I am a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the ACU Strathfield campus. My research interests are in the area of clinical psychology and with a focus on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, including hoarding disorder, OCD, and compulsive buying. I am also very interested in examining the application of mindfulness and acceptance based therapies for these conditions and am collaborating closely with the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education in the Mindfulness, Compassion and Self-determined Action lab.

    Phone : 4574 (Strathfield) Email : keong.yap@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder ; Compulsive buying ; Hoarding disorder ; Mindfulness and compassion ; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ;

  • Dr Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia

    My experience and fundamental interests are in the area of decision making and choice, with particular interest in the area of self-control and pro-social behaviour.
    Over the past few years, I have started a collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Leah Brennan. Together, we are working on research investigating mechanisms and correlates of disordered eating and obesity.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3116 (Melbourne) Email : Xochitl.delaPiedadGarcia@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cognitive Psychology ; Decision Making and choice ; Self-control and pro-social behaviour ; Eating behaviour, disordered eating and obesity. ;

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  • Dr Pre De Silva

    Pre De Silva is a Chemist in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at North Sydney campus of the Australian Catholic University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen (UK). Before joining ACU she worked as a Lecturer at the University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka), as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Lancaster (UK) and then as a Research Scientist in the Manufacturing and Materials Division at CSIRO.
    Dr De Silva has extensive research experience in wider areas of chemistry. This includes the development of Eco-Friendly, Low-carbon binders (inorganic polymers) using industrial wastes, development of biomaterials in medical and dental applications, Waste waster purification technologies, CO2 mineral sequestration, Oil spill clean-up technologies and radioactive waste immobilization. She has served as a consultant for a number of industry based projects in the above areas.

    Phone : 2346 (North Sydney) Email : pre.desilva@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Inorganic polymers (geopolymers) ; Inorganic polymers for biomaterials ; radioactive waste immobilization ; oil spill cleanup ; CO2 mineral sequestration ; wastewater purification ;

  • Dr Isabelle Lys

    Dr Isabelle Lys is interested in research involving animal/human/cell models of chronic diseases (eg obesity, diabetes), exercise physiology, enhancing experiences in teaching and learning of science in higher education, environmental health/science and steroid hormone regulation and function in animals and humans.

    Dr Isabelle Lys worked as a research assistant in the Endocrinology and Molecular Biology lab at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne under the supervision of Assoc Prof Timothy Cole. During her PhD studies she worked for the Department of Biology and Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne as a sessional tutor and laboratory demonstrator. Dr Lys also lived and taught Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics as a residential tutor at International House, University of Melbourne from 2009 to 2013. After her Phd studies, she completed a one year postdoctoral research position at Ottawa Health and Research Institute, Canada from 2003-2004 studying hormone interactions during breast cancer development in breast cancer cells. Then she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for AgResearch in Hamilton, New Zealand from 2004 to 2007, investigating endocrinology, health, fertility and reproduction in both normal and transgenic cattle.

    From 2007 to 2010, Dr Lys commenced her first lectureship in Health and Life Sciences at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. From 2010 to 2014, she commenced as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science at Charles Darwin University, Australia, prior to commencing her lectureship in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University in January 2015. She is passionate about learning and teaching practices for students and staff in health and biosciences, and have a wide range of interests in research into both sciences and science education disciplines.


    -Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
    -Bachelor of Science (Hons), Monash University
    -PhD in General Medicine, Monash University
    -Graduate Certicate in Teaching and Learning in Higher -Education, Charles Darwin University
    -Master of Education International, Charles Darwin University

    Phone : +617 3623 7355 (Brisbane) Email : Isabelle.Lys@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Obesity ; Diabetes ; Exercise Physiology ; Endocrinology ; Higher Education ; Environmental Health ; Public Health ;

  • Dr Jennifer Taylor

    BSc (Sydney), MSc (Sydney), PhD (UNSW)

    I am an Ecologist and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at the North Sydney campus of the Australian Catholic University.

    My research is on the effects of natural and human-induced disturbances on plant and animal communities. Current research interests are:
    1. Dynamics of woodland bird and bat communities in relations to landscape characteristics.
    2. Trajectories of vegetation restoration after sand mining and fire.

    Phone : 2874 (North Sydney) Email : jennifer.taylor@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    wildlife ecology; tree cavities/hollows; birds; ; bats; fire; mining; disturbance ;

  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • Prof Patrick Crookes

    Professor Patrick Crookes is Head of the National School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at ACU. This is the largest Nursing School in Australia. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence. He was the Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery ANZ from 2009-2013. In 2015, Professor Crookes was appointed a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (one of circa 350 globally) for his contributions to nursing education and scholarship. He is an Associate Editor for the international journal 'Nurse Education Today'.

    Professor Crookes has a keen interest in 'assuring competence'. In 2010, he led the development of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule and its implementation, using funds competitively sourced from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council and Health Workforce Australia. More recently his scholarly interests have focused on 'expanding conceptions of scholarship' and in 'facilitating academics to evidence the impact of their work'.

    Further information on Professor Crookes' academic profile can be found at his Orcid site - orcid.org/0000-0001-8669-7176

    Phone : (02) 9465 9156 (North Sydney) Email : Patrick.Crookes@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education ; Measuring Academic Engagement and Impact ; Learning and Teaching Analytics ; Clinical Simulation ; Competency Assessment ; Clinical Leadership ; Implementing research into practice ; The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) ;

  • Professor Colleen Doyle

    Colleen is Professor of Aged Care and supported research in a partnership agreement with Catholic Homes and Villa Maria Catholic Homes 2012-2016. The goal of her research is to improve support for older adults living in the community as well as residential care. Key areas are telehealth, e-health and dementia care as well as mental health. Colleen's doctorate from The University of Adelaide was in memory training and intellectual disability, and over the last 30 years she has built a career in aged care services and program evaluation with particular expertise in dementia and health service evaluation. She is honorary research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute and honorary professorial fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and founder of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. She publishes in both academic and technical evaluation genres, and has received over 30 research grants since 1990, the most significant grant being the national evaluation of the federal government's Dementia Initiative (2007-10).

    Phone : 0409739136 (Melbourne) Email : Colleen.Doyle@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Dementia Care ; mood disorders - depression, anxiety ; health service evaluation ; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ;

  • Professor Liz Forbat

    I am a research psychologist and family therapist specialising in palliative care.

    See my publishing profile on Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7218-5775

    I am based in Canberra at the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research, which is co-located between ACU Canberra and Calvary Health Care. We conduct clinically relevant, robust research into a range of palliative care areas.

    I am used to providing supervision via Skype/email etc, so don't let geography get in the way if you're interested in joining the team.

    Phone : 1363 (Canberra) Email : elizabeth.forbat@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Palliative Care ; Interpersonal Relationships ; Cancer ; Paediatric palliative care ; Conflict ; Family systems theory ; User involvement ;

  • Professor Kim Foster

    Kim Foster is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Northwestern Mental Health and Australian Catholic University. This is a joint professorial appointment in mental health nursing between Melbourne Health and ACU. She is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she leads the mental health nursing research unit.

    Professor Foster is an internationally recognised mental health nurse academic, researcher and educator and is widely published in mental health and psychosocial health research. She has won numerous awards for research. Her areas of research expertise and interest include co-associated physical and mental health; resilience; and mental health family carers & families where parents have mental illness. She is currently a CI on an NHMRC Partnership Grant in the field of Paediatric Trauma. Kim is an experienced higher degree research supervisor with 10 HDR completions.

    Phone : 03 9342 7676 (Melbourne) Email : kim.foster@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    resilience & emotional intelligence ; co-associated physical & mental health ; mental health family carers ; families where parents have mental illness ;

  • Professor Paul Fulbrook

    Paul Fulbrook is Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University. Based at the Brisbane Campus, he was appointed in 2004. He also holds the post of Deputy Director of the Faculty's National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research. He is based full time at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane within the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre, where he holds the post of Nursing Director Research and Practice Development.

    Phone : 0447 053814 (Brisbane) Email : Paul.Fulbrook@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Critical care, health services, workforce ; Cardiovascular/Cardiac Acute Care ; Mental Health Nursing ; thoracic care ;

  • Professor Anne Gardner

    Professor Anne Gardner joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University on the Canberra Campus in late 2011 as Professor of Nursing with a research intensive focus. At ACU Anne is chief investigator in nationally funded studies related to nurse practitioner specialty competency teaching and learning and infection control. Anne is also the Director of Research for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

    Prior to the current appointment, Anne spent 4 years as the inaugural Professor of Tropical Health at James Cook University. This was a joint appointment between the university and Townsville Health Service District. Anne has a background in critical care nursing, nurse education and clinical research. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the ANU. Anne's clinical research interests focus primarily on infection control and wound care. Anne is especially well known nationally and internationally for her collaborative research into nurse practitioner scope of practice.

    Phone : +61(0)262091330 (Canberra) Email : anne.gardner@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Infection control ; Wound care ; Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Models of Practice ;

  • Professor Tracey McDonald AM FACN

    Appointed in 2005 to the RSL LifeCare Chair of Ageing at Australian Catholic University Tracey McDonald has a research and scholarship interest in issues important to veterans, clinicians and older adults concerning safety and quality care of older people; practice-driven research, clinical practice development; information technology; spirituality and life quality. In 2012, a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) was bestowed for her work in nursing, health and aged care, United Nations Expert Groups and development of national and international public health and social welfare policy.

    Qualifications and experience in public health, nursing, midwifery, education and management across the aged care and health services support involvement with public policy, clinical leadership and research.

    As director of the RSL LifeCare Centre for Practice Development and Innovation in Ageing (CPDIA) she is working on developing programs of research that will support the health and wellbeing of both veterans and the general community

    Phone : (02) 9739 2280 (North Sydney) Email : Tracey.McDonald@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Spirituality in health care ; Professional and Practice Development ; Aged-Care ; Quality and Safety of Health ; Quality and Safety of Aged Care Services ; Public Health Mapping and Analysis ; Critical Pedagogy ; Simulation in Teaching Cognitive Skills ; Leadership Capacity Development ; Management Capacity Development ; Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Models of Practice ; Quality Benchmarking Analysis ; Policy Development and Review ; Policy ;

  • Professor Fran McInerney

    I am a registered nurse and a sociologist. I hold postgraduate qualifications in nursing, education, social science, and public health. I have been engaged in teaching, practice, and research in the areas of aged and palliative care nursing for over twenty years and have published broadly in these fields over that time. In 2011 I was appointed inaugural Professor of Aged Care, a joint appointment between the Australian Catholic University and Mercy Health in Melbourne. My research interests include social constructions of death and dying, the nexus between aged and palliative care, dementia as a terminal illness, health workers in aged care and palliative contexts, and qualitative methodologies.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3856 (Melbourne) Email : Fran.McInerney@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Aged-Care ; Requested Death ; Residential Aged Care Services ; Palliative Care ; Dementia Care ;

  • Professor Elizabeth McInnes

    Research methods: RCTs; surveys; quantiative and qualitative systematic reviews; qualitative.

    Topics: Implementation science; practice change; models of care; stroke; pressure injury

    Phone : (03) 9230 8171 (Melbourne) Email : Liz.McInnes@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Implementation Research ; Health Services Research ; Pressure injury research ; Stroke ; Models of Care ; Qualitative Synthesis Methodology ; Systematic reviews (Meta-analysis) ;

  • Professor Sandy Middleton

    Evidence-based practice, Health Services research, Stroke, Models of Care. Method: cluster randomised controlled trials, randomised controlled trials, survey methods.

    Phone : (02) 8382 3790 (North Sydney) Email : Sandy.Middleton@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Evidence-Based Practice ; Models of Care ; Health Services Research ; Stroke ; Implementation Science ;

  • Professor Margo Pritchard

    Professor Margo Pritchard (RN,RM,ANNN,PhD) is the Jackman Chair of Neonatal Nursing at ACU and has had extensive experience in Neonatal Intensive Care high risk paediatric nursing care and infant follow up. Her main area of research is in understanding early life neuro-rehabilitation, including screening and surveillance, acute respiratory management and longitudinal family and infant psychology and health outcomes. Professor Pritchard also has broad expertise in quantitative research, particularly diagnostic screening, longitudinal outcomes and RCT.

    Phone : 07 31636845 (Brisbane) Email : Margo.Pritchard@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neonate ; Neuro development ; Mental Health ; Health Services Research ; Diagnostic screening ; Maternal Health ; Parenting ;

  • Associate Professor Beth Jacob

    Elisabeth Jacob is an experienced clinical nurse, educationalist and researcher. Her strong clinical links provide essential networks for her research areas of evidence based practice, nurse education and nursing workforce. She has been responsible for the leadership of curriculum design, development and delivery for large programs across multiple campuses.
    She has experience in joint research, education and clinical appointments and has successfully co-designed interventions and evaluations with government and non-government partners. Her research is heavily applied, and she has an impressive publication record with a number of high quality papers, book chapters and reports.

    Phone : 03 9230 8218 (Melbourne) Email : elisabeth.jacob@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Nursing education ; Health Workforce Research ; Transition to practice ; Evidence-Based Practice ;

  • Dr Adam Burston

    Adam Burston RN, MHlthServMgmt, PhD is a Lecturer and Bachelor of Nursing Course Advisor at the Australian Catholic University (Australia), School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine. He was twice recipient of a Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence (2006 & 2008) during his post-graduate Masters program, and inaugural recipient of the University of Queensland School of Nursing & Midwifery PReST scholarship during his PhD candidature. Mr Burston is also a member of the Australian College of Nursing.

    Adam has an extensive and varied background in nursing, and has co-authored book chapters on peri-operative nursing, respiratory nursing and nursing management of pain. He was also invited by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to co-author an on-line module on Ethical Behavior. He has published research on moral distress in nursing, and presented at international and local conferences on topics such as moral distress, and using blended learning to support a transitional pedagogy. He has a particular interest in (psychosocial) workforce preparedness and workforce retention, with post-doctoral work to continue exploring the effects of moral distress on aged care workers in Australia.

    As an academic he has particular interest in undergraduate nursing education, specifically; transition to university (commencing students), transition to clinical practice (completing students), healthcare ethics and inter-professional practice. He has been instrumental in the implementation of blended learning pedagogy targeted at engaging 1st year undergraduate students, and has also been active in supporting other academics to embrace this approach to teaching. Adam is also involved in community engagement activities with undergraduate students; providing health education, health resources and direct healthcare to local communities in Siem Reap and Battambang, Cambodia.

    Phone : 7556 (Brisbane) Email : Adam.Burston@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    moral distress ; nursing workforce ; Job satisfaction ; inter-professional practice ; Aged Care ;

  • Dr Alicia Evans

    Alicia Evans is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and nurse academic, with a particular interest in anxiety, sexuality and group dynamics. In her work, she explores the way in which psychoanalytic and Foucauldian theories can provide new insights into how health care is both practised and governed. She has an abiding interest in politics and how the personal shapes the political, be that in relation to the group, the hospital or the nation.

    Alicia teaches organisational culture and qualitative research methodology. She supervises a number of Higher Degree by Research students who are undertaking qualitative studies in the health field. In her current research, she is investigating how sexuality is governed in a long-stay psychiatric service.

    In addition to her academic work, Alicia practises psychoanalysis and is the Secretary of The Freudian School of Melbourne, a school of Lacanian psychoanalysis, where she gives regular seminars. Prior to doing her PhD and joining the academy, Alicia worked in mental health institutions, hospitals, prisons and with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3187 (Melbourne) Email : Alicia.Evans@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Qualitative Research Methodologies ; Discourse Analysis ; social theory, gender, sexuality, Foucault, ; Mental Health ; Psychoanalysis ;

  • Dr Trentham Furness

    Jointly appointed with NorthWestern Mental Health. Located at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. NWMH is the largest public mental health service provider in Australia. We have created an active and engaging research culture among the clinical staff at many of NWMH AMHS. Supervised by Professor Kim Foster, our research is strengthened by access to services, clinicians, consumers, and carers. We welcome honours and post graduate students to contact us to pursue research projects.

    Phone : +61 03 93428255 (Melbourne) Email : trentham.furness@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Health ; Mental Health ; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ; Applied Sport Science ; Exercise as medicine ; Sarcopenia ; Obesity ; Biomechanics ; Injury Prevention ; health service evaluation ;

  • Dr Susan Gledhill

    Dr Susan Gledhill is a registered nurse/registered midwife with extensive experience in nurse management, health practitioner regulation, research and education and is currently the Postgraduate Courses Coordinator/Adviser in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Brisbane).
    PhD: Sexual health in older age (QUT)
    Masters degree in Health Administration (UNSW)
    Bachelor of Business (Health Administration) (QUT)

    Phone : 7420 (Brisbane) Email : sue.gledhill@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health administration/management, Leadership, Engl ;

  • Dr Flora He

    I obtained my PhD from the Australian National University, investigating the contributing factors related to acculturative stress among international students who are studying undergraduate nursing courses in Australia. I used a mixed methods design for this research. I also have other qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (GCUTL) at Charles Darwin University, a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Clinical Education at the Australian Catholic University.

    Phone : 9082 (North Sydney) Email : Flora.He@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Student learning experiences ; Student psychological issues ; Innovative teaching and learning ; e-learning ; cultural aspects of teacher practice ;

  • Dr Gylo Hercelinskyj

    Gylo (preferred name Julie) Hercelinskyj is an experienced Senior Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Her clinical, teaching and research expertise are in the areas of mental health nursing, particularly, emotional labor resilience, emotional intelligence in nursing practice and professional identity. Other research interests are family decision-making in organ donation, transition of older people to residential aged care and promotion of health lifestyle in older people in residential aged care.

    Phone : 8128 (Melbourne) Email : gylo.hercelinskyj@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health Nursing ; Nurse Education ; professional identity ; Resilience and Emotional Intelligence ;

  • Dr Sandra Miles

    RN, RM, PhD, MN (Child & Adol Nurs), BN, CCYPN

    Sandra is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine at ACU, based in sunny Brisbane at the McAuley at Banyo campus. She has been teaching nursing for over 25 years, specialising in research supervision, paediatric and child & adolescent health nursing and nurse immunisation.

    Sandra is a Research Fellow at The Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre (NRPDC) of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, where she focuses on the strategic research priorities of pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention. The NRPDC comprises a team of researchers from ACU and TPCH, led by Professor Paul Fulbrook, with a proven track record in this program of research.

    Sandra is eligible to supervise PhD and BN Honours students, as well as students undertaking research and project units in various Masters programs across ACU. Students are able to select from a range of projects relevant to the research priorities of NRPDC (pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention), with several projects readily available for students to join the team. As well, students may be able to participate in a Clinical School development and evaluation project.
    Sandra has previously co-supervised students studying nurses' prescription of pressure injury prevention interventions; the relationship between hospital-acquired pressure injuries and a long stay in the emergency department; falls injury risk screening in the ED; skin tear prevalence; examining microbial and protein qualities of prepared and stored infant formula; understanding the experiences of women breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie, decision making about using continuous fetal monitoring for low risk labouring women.

    For her PhD, Sandra conducted a cluster, pragmatic randomised controlled trial examining the effects of a daily sensory motor development program on children's development, behaviour, and academic learning outcomes. Sandra used the research approach, phenomenography, in her Masters research, which sought to understand the phenomenon of clinical experience for postgraduate nurses studying paediatric and child health nursing. She has a level of expertise with several other research designs and approaches.

    Sandra is an approachable and practical research supervisor, who provides solid support and structure for students. She is keen to hear from any student interested in her specialty research areas.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7293 (Brisbane) Email : sandra.miles@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Pressure Injury Prevention ; Falls events and causal factors ; Prevalence ; Clinical Education ; Skin integrity ; Immunisation ;

  • Dr Monica Lydia Nebauer

    Dr Monica Nebauer is currently an Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University, following many years of working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in Brisbane as Postgraduate Courses Coordinator/Advisor. Her PhD (Uni of Melb) was entitled: Providing care for people with dementia: Changing contexts and nursing practices; while her Master of Philosophy (Griff Uni) was entitled: A phenomenological study of elderly mothers' perceptions of the nature of the caregiving relationship with their adult daughters. Monica also has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing Education) QUT).

    Phone : 0412091288 (Brisbane) Email : monica.nebauer@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    dementia; aged care; medical/surgical nursing; ; spirituality; palliative care nursing; ; complementary therapies ;

  • Dr Michael Roche

    Dr Roche has substantial experience as a researcher, including ARC research grants, collaborations with health and other organisations, and a range of research consultancies. He is experienced in the design and conduct of research in health services across multiple sites, including the management and analysis of administrative and prospectively collected data. Dr Roche has supported a number of students to completion of research degrees in mental health and health services management areas.

    Phone : +612 8877 5157 (North Sydney) Email : Michael.Roche@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health Nursing ; Drug and Alcohol Nursing ; Nursing Practice Environment ; Health Services Research ; Therapeutic Relationships ;

  • Dr Zoe Wang

    aged care, aged-care chronic illness, multi-culture, health informatics, aged-care, pressure area injury, falls prevention

    Phone : (07) 3623 7556 (Brisbane) Email : Zoe.Wang@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Aged Care ; Nursing Home ; Multi-Culture ; Culture ; Residential Aged Care Services ; Carer issues ; Health Informatics ; Aged-Care ; falls prevention ; falls risk assessment ; Pressure area injury ; Pressure injury presention ; Pressure injury research ;

  • A/Prof Peter Lewis

    Associate Professor Peter Lewis practised clinically as a registered nurse for 15 years before moving into the tertiary education sector. The majority of his clinical practice was in intensive care where he worked as both a nurse and a manager. His management experience extends from within the intensive care unit to hospital management in positions which included the day to day running of a 500 bed cardiothoracic tertiary referral hospital. After moving into the tertiary sector in 2005, Peter has undertaken clinical research, learning and teaching research, taught across undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines and also successfully supervised higher degree research students to completion. Peter's current position is the National Learning and Teaching Coordinator for ACU's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. This is Australia's largest School of Nursing and is spread across five campuses (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat and Canberra). Peter has responsibility for leading School learning and teaching including curriculum development and implementation, academic quality and standards, strategic planning, innovation and widening access.

    Phone : 6094 (Brisbane) Email : peter.lewis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Learning and Teaching ; Emergency care ;

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  • Professor Robert Bland

    Robert Bland has extensive experience as a mental health clinician and researcher. He has worked in the area of families and mental illness, recovery, social work practice, ethics and practice standards.

    Phone : 7897 (Brisbane) Email : Robert.Bland@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    mental illness, families, social work ;

  • Professor Paul Carding

    I am Professor of Speech Pathology and have published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the feild. I have succesfully co-supervised 7 PhD students to completion and have supervised numerous MSc projects. My main areas of academic interest are: voice disorders, Speech Pathology treatment effectiveness and efficiency and speech, voice and swallowing outcome measurement.

    Phone : 7863 (Brisbane) Email : Paul.Carding@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Speech Pathology ; Voice Disorders ; Speech Pathology outcome measurement ; Treatment efficacy , effectiveness and efficiency ; Evidence Based Practice ;

  • Professor Debbie Plath

    Professor Debbie Plath commenced at the Australian Catholic University in February 2018 as National Discipline Lead for Social Work. She has broad experience in social work practice, education, research and consultancy with particular expertise in the inter-relationship between research and practice in social work. She has published widely on approaches to evidence-informed practice in social work, most recently with the book Engaging Human Services with Evidence-Informed Practice (2017, NASW Press). Her approach focuses on the critical interconnection between research knowledge, relationship building and critical reflection for effective social work practice and the organisational processes required to sustain a research-informed approach. Professor Plath previously held senior social work academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney. She is also chairperson on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) social work education programs accreditation panel.

    Phone : +61297014757 (Strathfield) Email : debbie.plath@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social Work ; Social Policy ; Evidence-informed practice ;

  • Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake

    Dr Gabrielle Drake is Associate Professor of Social Work and Deputy Head of School, Allied Health, at the Australian Catholic University. Dr Drake is a recognised expert in the areas of mental health and disability; homelessness and housing pathways; and inclusive and emancipatory research. Gabrielle has more than twenty years practice experience across a variety of roles and settings including clinical practice, community and public sector management, research, policy and oversight.

    Phone : 4196 (Strathfield) Email : Gabrielle.Drake@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health ; Children's Wellbeing ; Social Work Practice ; Boarding Houses ; Disability ; Housing and Homelessness ; Emancipatory Research ;

  • Associate Professor Elspeth Froude

    Elspeth Froude is Deputy Head of School, Allied Health (NSW) and Associate Professor (Head of Discipline) in Occupational Therapy.

    Elspeth's research interests are in the area of working with children, cerebral palsy, autism and developmental coordination disorder and knowledge translation. Elspeth is a certified instructor of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach: A cognitive approach to address child chosen motor goals.

    Elspeth has also researched in the area of scholarship of learning and teaching in simulation.

    Phone : 2582 (North Sydney) Email : elspeth.froude@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    paediatrics, developmental coordination disorder, ; motor learning, cerebral palsy, handwriting, play ; Knowledge Translation ; Clinical Simulation ;

  • Associate Professor Laura Miller

    Laura Miller is an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy. Laura completed her PhD in 2014 with The University of Queensland School of Medicine. She was awarded a Masters of Health Services Management with Distinction in 2010 and a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours in 1997. Laura is an active researcher within ACU's Centre for Disability and Development Research. Laura has international research collaborations with McMaster University's CanChild and holds a number of competitive international grants. Laura has research interests in childhood disability and development, participation, motivation and engagement, family empowerment and health services research. Laura also teaches into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Pass and Honours program at ACU on the Brisbane campus. She was Course Coordinator from 2013-2018 and is currently Chair of the School of Allied Health International Committee and a Member of the ACU Human Research Ethics Committee.

    Phone : 7843 (Brisbane) Email : laura.miller@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Motivation and engagement ; Participation ; Childhood disability and development ; Coaching ; Parenting ; Family empowerment ; Health Services Research ;

  • Associate Professor Wendy Pearce

    Wendy Pearce is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the School of Allied Health and Speech Pathology Course Coordinator for the North Sydney campus. Her teaching, research and clinical experience has primarily focussed on assessment and intervention for children with speech and language disorders. Wendy's recent research interests have focused on expanding knowledge of the language skills of Indigenous Australian children, with a view to improving identification of language delay/impairment in this population. She is also interested in service delivery approaches for children with speech and language disorders, particularly in schools and early childhood settings. As a university educator, Wendy is interested in how students develop the academic and clinical competencies that are required for entry into the speech pathology profession.

    Previously, Wendy was a senior lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville (Queensland) from 2005 to 2014, where she was instrumental in implementing a new speech pathology program as the inaugural Head of Speech Pathology from 2005-2009. She gained a PhD from Flinders University in 2007 and has over 20 years prior experience working as a speech pathologist with children in early childhood settings and schools in South Australia. Wendy also served as a member of the Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland (registration) from 2008 to 2013, and maintains membership of Speech Pathology Australia as a certified practising speech pathologist (CPSP). Wendy is also an Associate Member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

    Phone : 2597 (North Sydney) Email : wendy.pearce@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Child language disorder ; Indigenous child language and literacy ; Diagnostics ; Speech pathology service delivery ; Learning in higher education ;

  • Associate Professor Shawn Somerset

    Shawn Somerset leads the national program in public health at Australian Catholic University. He has tertiary qualifications in Nutrition and in Infectious Disease Immunology. He has worked in government, industry and university sectors on food and nutrition-related projects in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His general field of interest relates to how the world is fed, the various controls, barriers and facilitators involved, and how the expanding world population will find food into the future. Answers to these issues span a range of research contexts, from clinical investigations into the impact of various diets on health and disease, through to population-based studies on determinants of food consumption a?? issues that are central across the world, in countries both rich and poor.

    Phone : +61 7 3623 7183 (Brisbane) Email : Shawn.Somerset@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Public Health ; Nutrition ; Cardiovascular Disease ; Metabolic Syndrome ; Food Security ; Epidemiology ; International Health ; Community Gardening ;

  • Dr Brooke Adair

    Brooke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After several years of working in the public hospital system she focused her practice to paediatrics and childhood disability. In 2013 Brooke completed her PhD which investigated mobility and gait characteristics in children with hereditary spastic paraplegia. Brooke's current research interests include studies to better understand and enhance participation in children with disabilities as well as maintaining an interest in gait and mobility.

    Phone : +61 3 9953 3780 (Melbourne) Email : Brooke.Adair@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    physiotherapy ; Paediatric physiotherapy, cerebral palsy, ; Cerebral Palsy ; Gait ; Human Gait ; Social participation ; Rehabilitation ; physical activity in children, movement science, ;

  • Dr Anne Baker

    From 2005 - 2008, Anne completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Since graduation, Anne went on to work as a registered occupational therapist in a number of major acute hospitals in Victoria. Her clinical areas of expertise include: acute trauma, driving and community mobility. Anne is also a qualified occupational therapy driver assessor. Anne has a passion for evidence-based practice in the area of acute care and driving. This was the motivation, which lead her to complete her doctoral studies from 2012 - 2015 at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Anne's doctoral research focused on fitness-to-drive after mild traumatic brain injury. Her current research projects focus on driving and community mobility.

    Phone : 9953 3746 (Melbourne) Email : anne.baker@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Driving and Community Mobility ; Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury ; Acute Trauma ;

  • Dr Jean Burke

    Jean (BSW, DipEd, MSW, PhD) is a senior lecturer in Social Work in the School of Allied Health, at Strathfield campus. She has worked in research for 20 years, mainly in the areas of HIV, gender and health, stigma, social work in Africa and community development, refugees and African Australians. Her research has informed and evaluated HIV-related programs. Her current research is primarily focused on human rights and albinism and witchcraft beliefs as well as interpreting and translation of Swahili. Jean has published articles and book chapters and presented her research at national and international conferences.

    Phone : 4114 (Strathfield) Email : Jean.Burke@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    HIV ; Australian Africans ; Refugees ; infant feeding ; CALD communities ; Social Work ; international social work ; Community and International Development ; interpreting and translating ; networks ; albinism ;

  • Dr Erin Conway

    Dr Erin Conway is a senior lecturer in Speech Pathology. Her research interests include the impact of communication changes in dementia on the experiences of people with dementia, and the evaluation of treatments to improve communication for people with dementia. Intervention approaches include communication training for carers of people with dementia, and exploring treatment efficacy of word-retrieval rehabilitation in progressive aphasia. Dr Conway is also interested in cognition and language processing in healthy aging and acquired neurological disorders (eg. stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease) and the use of EEG methodology in the investigation of neurolinguistic processing.

    Phone : (Brisbane) Email : Erin.Conway@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neurological Disability: Acquired & Degenerative ; Neurological Communication Disorders ; Dementia Care ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Evidence Based Rehabilitation ; Aphasia ; Parkinson's Disease ;

  • Dr Deirdre Cooke

    Deirdre joined ACU in February 2016 as Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in a part time role. This allows her to continue clinical and research work in Rehabilitation. Deirdre completed a PhD in 2005 through the University of Queensland, and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Boston University in 1990. Her PhD work involved the development and standardisation of a screening tool for visual perception and praxis following stroke patients with Australian normative data. Deirdre has co-supervised 13 honours student clinical research projects, co-authored two book chapters, published a standardised assessment in the area of stroke and has 15 peer-reviewed journal publications.

    Phone : 07 3623 7854 (Brisbane) Email : deirdre.cooke@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Neurological Rehabilitation, Stroke ;

  • Dr Susan Darzins

    Susan Darzins is Senior Lecturer, Course Coordinator (Melbourne campus) and Fourth year advisor for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program in the School of Allied Health.
    Susan's research interests are in the areas of working with adults: rehabilitation, discharge planning, measuring support needs for community living, measurement of clinically meaningful outcomes for service-users, optimising participation, evidence-based practice and instrument validation research.
    Building on her doctoral research, Susan is currently undertaking validation research of the Home Support Needs Assessment (HSNA). The purpose of the HSNA is to enable clinicans to systematiclly identify adults' unmet support needs for community living and prioritise actions required to address the identified needs.

    Phone : 3149 (Melbourne) Email : Susan.Darzins@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Occupational Therapy ; Participation ; Rehabilitation ; Outcome Measures ; Evidence-informed practice ; Knowledge Translation ;

  • Dr Kieran Flanagan

    Dr Kieran Flanagan is a speech pathologist with research and clinical experience with both children and adults. Kieran's main research interests include psycholinguistic models of speech and language functioning and therapy for speech and language disorders.

    Phone : 7461 (Brisbane) Email : kieran.flanagan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Psycholinguistics, dementia ; Paediatric speech and language ;

  • Dr Klaus Gebel

    In 2016 Dr Klaus Gebel joined Australian Catholic University as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. Klaus is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Sydney School of Public Health of the University of Sydney and at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention of James Cook University. He has master degrees in exercise science from the German Sport University Cologne and Victoria University, Melbourne, where he specialised first on exercise for rehabilitation and then on physical activity and public health. He did his PhD at the School of Public Health of the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professors Adrian Bauman and Neville Owen. His main research areas are the relationship between built environments, physical activity and health and health effects of physical activity. Klaus has studied and worked at seven universities in three countries and has received multiple grants, scholarships and awards. Through the media his 2015 paper in JAMA Internal Medicine reached more than 1.1 billion people and he was also invited to present the findings from this study in a TEDx talk. Recently Klaus co-edited a book entitled "Walking - Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health", which brings together experts from urban planning, transportation and public health.

    Phone : +61297392926 (North Sydney) Email : klaus.gebel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity ; Public Health ; Built environment ; Psychosocial determinants of health behaviour ; Indigenous health ;

  • Dr Ros Harrington

    Dr Rosamund Harrington is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy within the School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University. Rosamund was awarded a PhD in Policy and Administration, and a Dean's Commendation for Research Higher Degree Excellence from the University of Queensland for her PhD thesis Motor Accident Injury Insurance Scheme Design and Life after Traumatic Brain Injury in 2013. Rosamund's continuing research interests include exploring the intersections of commonwealth and state and territory based policy and legislative frameworks across multiple policy domains including health, disability, aged care, vocational education and training, injury insurance and social security law, and how these intersections impact on individual experience and service system operation. More recently, her research has explored the use of creative activities in child and youth mental health occupational therapy, vocational pathways, supporting school to work transitions, and intergenerational living and learning campus design.

    Phone : 7853 (Brisbane) Email : rosamund.harrington@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Disability care and support ; School to work transitions ; Youth Mental Health ; Acquired brain injury ;

  • Dr Parveen Kalliath

    Parveen graduated with a Master of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, USA and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has over thirty years social work practice experience in countries including India, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Parveen's career as a social worker began with community development work in India. The difficult and insecure lives of people living in slums created in her a strong passion for social justice and equity. Parveen is the recipient of Mother Theresa and the Altrusa Women's Fellowship which were awarded to her by the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St.Louis, USA. For several years she worked as a licensed clinical social worker in large medical college hospitals in St. Louis, USA. Later, in New Zealand, she became the team leader for social work in the Rehabilitation and Assessment services at Health Waikato. Parveen joined the academia after more than twenty years of social work practice. She coordinated the Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) program at the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand before joining the Australian Catholic University in Canberra in 2005 where she is currently the Deputy Head of School and Course Coordinator for Social Work in Canberra campus.

    Phone : (02) 6209 1125 (Canberra) Email : Parveen.Kalliath@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social Work ; Work-family conflict ; Work-family enrichment ; Job satisfaction ; Family satisfaction ; Job and family wellbeing ; Psychological strain ; Social Support ;

  • Dr Suzanne Kuys

    Dr Kuys is a highly experienced clinician and researcher having received several awards for her outstanding research and clinical achievements. Her research interests include rehabilitation following stroke, gait and balance rehabilitation, ageing, outcome measures and cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity in chronic disease populations.

    Phone : 6049 (Brisbane) Email : Suzanne.Kuys@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Stroke ; Outcome Measures ; Human Gait and Balance ; Rehabilitation ; Physical Activity ;

  • Dr Melanie Lowe

    Melanie Lowe is a Lecturer in Public Health at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Her research spans the public health, public policy and urban planning disciplines, focusing on how policy can support the creation of healthy, liveable neighbourhoods and cities.

    Phone : +61(0)399533837 (Melbourne) Email : melanie.lowe@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Public Health ; urban planning ; healthy cities ; Physical Activity ; Built environment ;

  • Dr Erin Mathieu

    Phone : 2731 (North Sydney) Email : Erin.Mathieu@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Adolescent Health ; Physical Activity ; Research Methodology ; Informed decision making ;

  • Dr Jane McCormack

    Jane is a senior lecturer in speech pathology and assistant deputy head of the School of Allied Health in North Sydney. Jane has co-authored two textbooks for speech-language pathology and education students, and has published over 50 book chapters and research papers. She has supervised Honours, Masters and PhD students.

    Phone : 2 9739 2694 (North Sydney) Email : jane.mccormack@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Speech, language and literacy development ; Speech pathology service delivery ; Rural/ Regional health ; Scholarship of learning and teaching ; Interprofessional Practice ;

  • Dr Zaneta Mok

    Dr Zaneta Mok is a lecturer in Speech Pathology with a strong background in clinical linguistics. Her research focuses on the application of social and functionally based approaches to linguistics to communication disorders. She is especially interested in how to support social communication and interaction for people with dementia and aphasia and outcome measurement in everyday discourse and conversation.

    Phone : (03) 99533754 (Melbourne) Email : zaneta.mok@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Clinical Linguistics ; Dementia ; Aphasia ; Social Interaction ;

  • Dr Ann Rahmann

    I am a part-time lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane campus. I also work clinically as a physiotherapist for Queensland Health at the Brighton Rehabilitation Unit. I completed my PhD in 2012 through the University of Queensland. My thesis investigated the benefits of early post-operative aquatic physiotherapy after total hip or knee replacement surgery. In 2014 I became a titled member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association in the area of gerontology.

    My areas of research interest include: aquatic physiotherapy across a range of ages and conditions; vestibular assessment and rehabilitation; efficacy and outcomes of physiotherapy intervention in the transition from sub-acute rehabilitation back to home.

    Phone : 7754 (Brisbane) Email : Ann.Rahmann@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    aquatic physiotherapy ; vestibular rehabilitation ; Evidence Based Rehabilitation ; gerontology ;

  • Dr Melinda Randall

    Melinda Randall is a paediatric occupational therapist with over 25 years clinical experience working in the field of developmental disability, in particular cerebral palsy. Melinda has been involved in research activities for over 20 years and is first author on the Melbourne Assessment: a test of unilateral upper limb function (versions 1 and 2). Melinda is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Allied and Public Health. She is responsible for coordinating two multicentre trials on the effects of upper limb splinting for children with cerebral pasly.

    Phone : 3659 (Melbourne) Email : melinda.randall@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cerebral Palsy, Outcome Measurement ; Upper Limb, Paediatrics ; Evidence-informed practice; ; family centred practise ;

  • Dr Rimante Ronto

    Dr Rimante Ronto is a lecturer in Public Health and mixed methods researcher, within the School of Allied Health. Rimante's research interest is in public health nutrition field, in particular obesity prevention, dietary behaviours , food environments, food policy, food literacy, and nutrition education. She has recently finished her doctoral research project that focused on the role of food literacy in shaping adolescents' dietary behaviours. Rimante works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to increase healthy dietary behaviours mainly among school children through nutrition education and policy. Rimante has published findings from original research studies and several systematic reviews on food literacy and its impact on adolescents' dietary behaviours and social marketing interventions targeting increase of physical activity.

    Phone : 2731 (North Sydney) Email : rimante.ronto@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Dietary behaviour ; Obesity prevention ; Food literacy ; Nutrition education ; Food policy ;

  • Dr Adem Sav

    Dr Adem Sav is a Lecturer in Public Health, within the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health Sciences. Adem has published in the areas of chronic disease, burden of treatment, health service delivery, community pharmacy, men's health issues, work-life balance, and health promotion. In recent years, his work has increasingly focused on health issues of minority/cultural populations. Adem is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Menzies Health Institute and has been rewarded with a "Research Excellence Team Award" by Vice Chancellor's Office at Griffith University, for his innovative and high-impact research.

    Phone : 7462 (Brisbane) Email : Adem.Sav@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    cronic disease/illness ; community pharmacy ; treatment burden ; health service delivery ; health systems ; cultural/minority health issues ; work-life balance ;

  • Dr Gabriella Sharpe

    Dr Gabriella Sharpe (nee Constantinescu) is a lecturer and researcher in Speech Pathology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University.

    Gabriella's research interests include:
    1) telemedicine as an additional or alternative mode of service delivery in speech pathology
    2) neurological speech and voice disorders such as Parkinson's disease
    3) hearing loss across the lifespan
    4) cleft lip and palate related communication disorders; and
    5) communication changes following laryngectomy.
    Gabriella has been the primary investigator on projects across these areas.

    Gabriella has a strong focus on translational research to help improve outcomes for patients.

    Phone : 7183 (Brisbane) Email : gabriella.sharpe@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    telemedicine ; Parkinson's Disease ; cleft lip and palate ; hearing loss ; laryngectomy ;

  • Dr Michael Steele

    Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Statistics and statistical consultant for the faculty. He is also the higher degrees research coordinator for the School of Allied Health. Mike obtained his PhD titled 'The power of categorical goodness-of-fit test statistics' from Griffith University. He has over 40 Scopus publications mainly in the health and medicine area. Prior to joining ACU he was the Head of the Mathematics Department at Universiti Brunei Darassalam. He has worked in the health and medicine faculty at Bond University where he was actively involved in statistical consulting for project linked to Queensland Health with many of these in emergency medicine. He has also lectured statistics and mathematics at James Cook University and Griffith University.

    Phone : 07 3861 6090 (Brisbane) Email : Michael.Steele@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Statistics ; Biostatistics ;

  • Dr Kyriaki (Kerry) Ttofari Eecen

    Dr Kerry Ttofari Eecen's research has centred on the identification and classification of communication difficulties in children, particularly speech sound disorders. Kerry also has a keen interest in investigating service delivery in speech pathology and the use of terminology.

    Phone : 3642 (Melbourne) Email : kerry.ttofarieecen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Paediatric speech and language ; Speech pathology service delivery ; Terminology ; Stuttering ; Classification ;

  • Dr Margaret Wallen

    I am a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Course Coordinator based at the North Sydney Campus.

    My research has largely focused on children, predominantly children with cerebral palsy. I am also interested in outcome measurement, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. My research with children has included upper Iimb interventions in infants and children with cerebral palsy including constraint-induced movement therapy, bimanual interventions, wrist/hand orthoses and effects of occupational therapy and Botulinum toxin-A injections. In addition, I am involved with the Eyes on Communication team to identify and evaluate best practice implementation of eye-gaze control technology for enhancing participation and communication of people with cerebral palsy with significant disability.

    I am passionate about consumer involvement in research and was honoured with a Churchill Fellowship which enabled me to harness the knowledge and expertise of eminent international research centres respected for their partnership with consumers, and apply the learnings to cerebral palsy research locally. I am currently involved in research identifying ways to involve children with cerebral palsy and their families as research partners and to evaluate outcomes of consumer involvement.

    I am also currently involved in a program of research focused on youth and young adults with cerebral palsy.

    Phone : 9241 (North Sydney) Email : margaret.wallen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cerebral Palsy ; Cerebral Palsy, Outcome Measurement ; Knowledge Translation ; Evidence-Based Practice ; Children ;

  • Dr Joanna Zubrzycki

    Joanna is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Discipline of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra campus. Her main area of research is in the field of collaborative research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and social work practitioners. From 2011-2014 Joanna was the project leader for a large National Office of Learning and Teaching Grant which produced the first National Teaching and Learning Framework for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in social work education. Joanna has also been a research and training advisor on numerous Aboriginal health projects including an award winning NSW Health project funded by the Cancer Institute and Cancer Australia.
    Her publications include book chapters and national and international refereed journals. In 2011 her joint publication with Aboriginal colleagues, Bindi Bennett and Violet Bacon won the presigious Norm Parker award for research publication in the journal Australian Social Work.
    Other research interests social work practice with refugees and asylum seekers. She has been a member of the Board of Management of Companion House, the ACT torture and trauma service. Her work with Companion House includes the provision of clinical supervision for social work staff at the agency as well as joint publications and conference presentations on emerging practice issues. Other areas of practice expertise include; staff supervision and feminist social work practices.

    Joanna's international research profile includes comparative research on Indigenous social work education in Canada and rural social work in the USA and Australia.

    Phone : (02) 6209 1159 (Canberra) Email : Joanna.Zubrzycki@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work ; Social work education ; Cross-Cultural Practice ; Feminist Practice ; Teaching About the Use of Self in Practice ; Refugees ; Social Work Practice Skills ; Social Policy ; Rural Social Work ; Teaching ; Social Work ; Social Work Practice ; social work supervision ;

  • A/Prof Annette Joosten

    Annette Joosten is Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy. Annette's research interests are in the areas of disability, particularly with children and their families, and in providing evidence for practice and in instrument development using Rasch analysis.

    Phone : 3758 (Melbourne) Email : annette.joosten@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    undefined ; children; ; play ;

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  • Professor David Greene

    David completed a Bachelor of Human Movement degree and Diploma in Education at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in 1994 and a Master of Sport Science degree from University of New South Wales in 1998. After 7 years of teaching (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education), David was awarded a fulltime scholarship to commence his PhD. David was based at the Children's Hospital at Westmead where he investigated the musculoskeletal health of elite, adolescent middle-distance runners. During his PhD, David completed sessional teaching in the Bachelor of Exercise Science program at ACU. In 2003, David was awarded the John Sutton Award for Best Young Investigator (Basic Science) at the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. He was also awarded the New South Wales Most Outstanding New Research Talent in Applied Sports Medicine at the New South Wales Sport Safety Awards in 2003. Having graduated in 2005, David commenced full time employment in the School of Exercise Science. David was recently awarded the F.E.Johnson Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement by an established NSW researcher in the field of Sports Medicine at the annual NSW Sport Safety Awards. David has fulfilled the role of Course Co-ordinator, Assistant Head of School (NSW), Deputy Head of School and is currently National Head, School of Behavioural & Health Sciences.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4377 (Strathfield) Email : david.greene@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Musculoskeletal analysis, bone strength, pQCT, DXA ; Adolescents, ;

  • Professor Justin Kemp

    1. Diversity and plasticity of skeletal muscle: muscle structure and function in disease, fibre type transition.
    2. Physical activity and chronic disease: metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma.
    3. Nutritional/ergogenic strategies for elite sports performance.
    4. Applied sports science and performance.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3031 (Melbourne) Email : Justin.Kemp@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Diversity and Plasticity of Skeletal Muscle ; Fibre Type Transition ; Muscle ; Skeleton ; Disease ; Muscle Physiology ; Physical Activity ; Chronic Disease ; Obesity ; Cardiovascular Disease ; Nutritional Strategies ; Ergogenic Strategies ; Elite ; Sports Performance ; Exercise ; Muscle Structure and Function in Disease ;

  • Professor Peter Wilson

    Professor Wilson is Co-Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) and Professor of Developmental Psychology at ACU. Before that he was Deputy Head (R&I) in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he worked from 2000-2011. He leads international programs of research in child development, disability and rehabilitation which now span 23 years and over 120 peer-reviewed publications. His research involves two streams: (i) mechanisms of movement and cognition in typical child development and in neurodevelopmental disorders (esp. DCD), and (ii) innovations in neurorehabilitation using VR, including the award-winning Elements DNA (EDNA) system. Prof. Wilson is past President of the International Society for Research on DCD.

    Phone : 3445 (Melbourne) Email : peterh.wilson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Motor Development ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Virtual rehabilitation ; Development of Executive Control in Children ; Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation ;

  • Associate Professor Rachel Dryer

    Dr Rachel Dryer commenced her employment at ACU (Strathfield campus) on April 2019. Her research and teaching expertise are in health psychology, childhood developmental disorders and psychological test development.

    Prior to ACU, she was the Campus Academic Manager at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (Sydney campus, 2018-2019), and was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University (1998-2014, 2015-2017). Dr Dryer has supervised numerous research projects. She is currently supervising two HDR students at Charles Sturt University.

    Phone : 02 9701 4773 (Strathfield) Email : rachel.dryer@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Pregnancy-related Anxiety ; Psychometrics ; Body Image and Eating Disorders ; Health Psychology ; Neurodevelopmental Disorders ;

  • Dr John Oldroyd

    Dr John Oldroyd became Senior Lecturer in Public Health at ACU in August 2017. He brings expertise as a lecturer, public health researcher and academic leader to the role. After qualifying in nutrition at the University of Sydney, he worked in clinical dietetics in Australia before pursuing postgraduate studies in Public Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He undertook a PhD investigating lifestyle interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and modification of cardiovascular risk factors. He subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies at Manchester University to establish a multi-ethnic birth cohort. His research interests are in the area of lifecourse epidemiology but now include healthy ageing, the association of cardiovascular disease and mental health, and social determinants of health. He has had research grant success from Monash Partners, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, the Wellcome Trust, Royal College of General Practitioners, UK. His impact has been recognised through awards for presentations at conferences. He has co-authored a paper which was listed as one of the most influential articles in the journal Implementation Science in 2015. He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal. Within the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences John is the Master of Public Health coordinator. He is passionate about training the next generation of Public Health practitioners by ensuring critical thinking among the MPH student cohort. He has teaching experience in the epidemiology of chronic disease, humanitarian assistance and health, and teaching evidence based practice to medical students. His vision is to have an impact on Public Health through education and research.

    Phone : 3737 (Melbourne) Email : john.oldroyd@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cardiovascular Disease ; Mental Health ; social determinants of health ;

  • Dr Jonathon Weakley

    Dr Jonathon Weakley is a lecturer in strength and conditioning at Australian Catholic University and an Associate Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University. His research focus is on the development of strength, power, speed, and muscular development of athletes. Prior to becoming a lecturer at ACU, Jonathon attended the University of Otago, the University of Wollongong, Edith Cowan University, and Leeds Beckett University. Following his PhD, Jonathon completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Leeds Beckett University.

    Phone : (Brisbane) Email : jonathon.weakley@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Resistance training ; Strength and Conditioning ; Power development ; Velocity-based training ; Sports nutrition ; Strength Training ; Human performance ;

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  • Dr Geraldine Mitchell

    Geraldine Mitchell completed her PhD (University of Melbourne) on 'Studies of pre-eclampsia in ovine placenta' after completing Honours and MSc degrees in embryology.

    She has 28 years post doctoral experience - although because of many years working part-time this is approximately equivalent to 15 years post-doctoral experience, and has expertise in morphology/morphometry, vascular grafting and angiogenesis.

    In supervising numerous research projects in these areas she has been responsible for the overall design, direction staff and student supervision and manuscript writing and conference presentations for numerous research projects including: the vascular avulsion project (rabbit, human and monkey), the long allograft vein project, the long term vein project, the cold stored artery/vein project, the role of NOS 2 in angiogenesis, mapping angiogenesis in the rat AVL model, the use of PLGA as a scaffold in tissue engineering chambers, triple angiogenic growth factors in angiogenesis and adipogenesis in murine model of tissue engineering.

    She is CI on a recently completed and a current NHMRC Research Grant, exploring techniques to improve implanted cell survival in tissue engineering models, and studies of the causes of vascular anomalies.

    Phone : (03) 9288 4030 (Melbourne) Email : geraldine.mitchell@svhm.org.au

    Research Interests:
    Vascular Biology ; Morphology ; Morphometric techniques ; Morphometrics ; Morphometry ; Vascular Grafting ; Angiogenesis ;