Howdy! I received my PhD (Clinical Psychology) in 2007. I then worked in child and adolescent mental health, primarily as a researcher. My research topics included evaluation of intensive long-term parent-child psychotherapy, service benchmarking, mental health workforce estimation, and the use of technology in service delivery. Google Scholar has a pretty up-to-date list of my publications.
I left that all behind when I came to work here at Flinders University where I put my psychologist hat 🎓 back on and joined the excellent team here at Health, Counselling and Disability Services.
My first job was to set-up some digital channels through which the teams at Health, Counselling and Disability (HCD) and OASIS could communicate with the student population. That led to the revised HCD website, OASIS website, HCD newlsetter and HCD blog.
Now my time is focused on writing about and teaching on the topics of mental health, wellbeing, productivity, self-care and behaviour change. I make the assumption that all of us in the Flinders community (students and staff) want to be productive, happy (whatever that term means for you) and feel like we belong. As I learn more about how people achieve those things from the psychological literature and beyond, I share that via our different communication channels.
I never thought that I wanted to teach, but it turns out it is what I like doing most :)
PhD (Clinical Psychology)
None in particular, but my mum thinks I am great.
Actually, the Good Vibes Experiment project was recognised for a national honour.
And I do get to work with an amazing research team here at Flinders who are nominated for an Innovation award as part of the SA Science Excellence and Innovation awards.
And in a previous job, I was given an award for running an underground staff club built around chocolate and tea.
Although I am not an academic lecturer, a significant portion of my time is spent giving guest lectures, seminars and workshop in different topics and Colleges. My mission is to share what I've learned about the actions individuals can take to improve their physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, environmental, academic and occupational wellbeing. Specific topics that I talk on are:
Evidence-based study strategies
If you are a topic or course coordinator and would like to request lectures on these topics or similar, email me at the various links provided in this profile. It isn't just me. Other members of our counselling and wellbeing teams can also provide sessions.
I am a co-manager of the Psychology and Health Forum, an internet forum and learning community for mental health professionals in South Australia.
I am the chief psychologist on the Visualising Mental Health Initiative in collaboration with Match Studio at UniSA.
I am the co-founder of CPD Workbooks.
I am a registered psychologist with AHPRA - PSY0001291874
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