Noemi is a Research Fellow (Lived Experience) at Flinders University, Rural and Remote Health – NT, College of Medicine & Public Health. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling (AODG). Prior to this role, she was a Research Support Officer II. at the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta and a Research Support Officer I. at the Islands and Small States Institute at the University of Malta. Her previous working history also includes posts as (1) Assistant Professor at the Institute of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (University of Szeged, Hungary), (2) Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Social Research in Health (UNSW, Sydney, Australia), and (3) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (University of Szeged, Hungary). She has voluntarily contributed her time as a PhD supervisor at the University of Pecs, Hungary, and she was an examiner for a master's thesis at Charles Darwin University (CDU).
Noemi completed her master's degree in sociology through the University of Szeged Hungary (2004) and her PhD degree in psychology from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary (2009). She holds a Williams Life Skills (WLS) Facilitator (2006) certificate and participated in short courses such as Trauma Informed Care (AMSANT), Suicide prevention (Wesley Lifeforce), Cultural Awareness, and Healing Trauma and Addiction (Wholehearted/Dr Gabor Mate).
Over the past years, Noemi has been awarded multiple grants and awards like Scholarship of Republic (Hungary), Hungarian Academy of Sciences Award, Balassi Tutorial Fellowship, Hungarian Sport Science Association Publication Award, Magyar Zoltán Postdoctoral Fellowship, Campus Hungary Long-term Mobility Fellowship and several travel grants and conference awards. She has published several papers in international and Hungarian journals, international and Hungarian academic book chapters, and books and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for international and Hungarian journals. She has been listed as a Co-Investigator on several research projects, amounting to nearly $2 Million. The outcomes of her research contributed to the AODG team being awarded a 2019 National AOD Award for Excellence and Innovation (Research) by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. These have all been focused on improving the health outcomes of highly vulnerable populations. Recently, she was successful in securing research funding from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and Menzies School of Health Research & National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.
Noemi is dedicated to Lived Experience (LE) research and evaluation projects that support the growth of the emerging NT Peer Workforce. In the last couple of years, she has built a genuine collaboration with the local key stakeholders supporting this movement. Noemi gained most of her experience in quantitative studies, where she was responsible for project and data management, including data collection, coding, cleaning, statistical analysis, publication, and knowledge translation. In the last couple of years, Noemi has expanded her experience in qualitative research methods, so she became experienced enough to apply mixed methodology in her studies. She has contributed to multiple Australian Government, Primary Health Network (PHN), Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded socio-emotional wellbeing (SEWB) research and evaluation projects that extend into areas relating to community mental health, peer education, peer recovery, alcohol and other drug use, gambling, education, workforce capacity building, and different Indigenous-focused research contexts.
She works closely with the NT Lived Experience Network (NTLEN) and other local key stakeholders representing mental health and AOD services to improve Territorians' mental health and wellbeing. As an evaluator, she has been invited to participate in various peer-led programs in the NT. Working in a Research Fellow role dedicated to LE research, which is the first of its kind in the NT, Noemi is building her professional network and skillset to grow her capacity in the NT's emerging peer movement.
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