Information related to research interest "Mental Health"

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  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • 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

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  • Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

  • 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

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  • Nat Sch Psychology

  • 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

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  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Nat School of Allied Health

  • 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

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