I am a qualitative social health researcher with an interest in wellbeing, social determinants of health, health inequities, vulnerable populations, and cross-cultural methodologies. I work as a Research Fellow for SWIRLS in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. I am interested in major life transitions like widowhood, and experiences like domestic and family violence over the life-course. I am especially interested in research with groups who have routinely been excluded from mainstream research, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and refugees, with an emphasis on those who do not speak English, or reside rurally.
I am committed to conducting meaningful, reciprocal, and engaging research with vulnerable population groups. Guided by a social determinants of health lens, and critical feminist methodology, my PhD explored the experience of widowhood and associated wellbeing among older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. In this study, I conducted qualitative interviews in the Greek language to be inclusive of individuals who had previously not been afforded a voice in academic research, before translating this data to English for wider dissemination. I have also taught workshops for HLTH 3102 (Qualitative Methods in Social Health Research).
PhD Public Health (Southgate Institute for Health, Society, and Equity), Flinders University (2016)
BA Hons (Psychology), Flinders University (2009)
Esther Bright Travel Scholarship (Soroptimist International), 2013
Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Gary Andrews Award (SA Division), 2012
Flinders University Research Scholarship (FURS), 2011-2014
Cluster Faculty Research Grant, 2011-2013
Golden Key International Honour Society, 2008
Academic Tutor: HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research
Flinders Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (SBREC): Low Risk Panel Member (2020-current)
SWIRLS: Member (2021-current)
Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying: Member (2019-current); Management Group, ECR Representative (2019-2020)
Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research – Expert Advisory Committee: Mental health and well-being and social isolation (2021-current)
Generations: Member (2022-current)
Flinders College of Medicine and Public Health – HDR Mentoring Scheme (mentor) (2021-current)
Flinders College of Nursing and Health Sciences ECR Early Career Community of Practice - Member (2021-current)
Caring Futures Institute – Affiliate member (2019-current)
Department of Health Service Navigation Community of Practice - Member (2021)
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th International Conferences on Ageing in a Foreign Land, Academic Conference Committee Member (2012-2019)
Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) – Member (2018-2019)
International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) – Member (2017-2018)
Australian Association of Gerontology, National Conference Planning Committee, Member (2014)
Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA), National Conference Planning Committee, Member (2014)
Refugee and Migration Research Network, Member (2012-2015)
Soroptimist International, Member and Social Media (2013-2016)
Flinders University Student Association (FUSA), Member (2015-2016)
Greek Welfare Centre Reference Group, Member (2012-2013)
Invited peer reviewer: Behavioural Sciences, Journal of Sociology, Australasian Journal on Ageing, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Nursing Reports, Healthcare, Auckland Medical Research Foundation.
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