School of Health and Human Sciences Faculty

Professor Julie Jomeen

Dean of Health and Professor of Midwifery, School of Health & Human Sciences

Julie Jomeen, Professor of Midwifery is Dean, School of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to Southern Cross University, she was Dean, Faculty of Health, University of Hull, UK. Julie is a nurse and midwife who moved into academia following a PhD at the University of Leeds, UK; she remains an active maternity researcher. Julie's role is to ensure the school is a major contributor to the region's healthcare workforce and carries out world-leading research to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing society.

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Professor Andrew Cashin

Professor Andrew Cashin

Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorders; health policy and nursing workforce
Methodological Expertise: A wide range of quantitative and qualitative approaches; policy analysis
Industry Collaboration Interests: Autism spectrum disorders
School Research Areas: Autism and Intellectual Disability

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Associate Professor Sandra Grace

Professor Sandra Grace

Research Interests: Models of care; inter-professional education and practice; clinical pedagogy
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative research, particularly hermeneutic phenomenology
Industry Collaboration Interests: Clinical pedagogical research, integrative medicine, health services research
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development; Health Pedagogical Research

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Professor Iain Graham

Professor Iain Graham

Research Interests: Health policy and practice; health and nursing history; nursing philosophy; discipline development
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative; histography; hermeneutics; ethnography
Industry Collaboration Interests: Work with health service partners; collaboration with international nursing academics
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Health Workforce Development; Nursing and Midwifery; Pedagogical Research

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Professor Peter Hassmen

Professor Peter Hassmen

Research Interests: Sport and exercise psychology; sport performance; mental health in elite sport; burnout in athletes and coaches; overtraining syndrome; motivational climate; team cohesion; ratings of perceived exertion; physical activity an mental health in Indigenous Australians
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative methods
Industry Collaboration Interests: National sporting organisations; sport clubs; performance enhancement; psychological skills
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication

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Associate Professor John Hurley

Professor John Hurley

Research Interests: Emotional Intelligence; health workforce; mental health (nursing); leadership; youth wellbeing and educational research
Methodological Expertise: A range of qualitative approaches; realistic evaluation; appreciative enquiry
Industry Collaboration Interests: Workforce; integration of academic and clinical capabilities and learning; wellbeing; mental health; leadership
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication; Nursing; youth wellbeing and educational research

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Associate Professor Marie Hutchinson

Professor Marie Hutchinson

Research Interests: Nursing; nursing workforce; safety and quality; child and family nursing; patient participation; workplace bullying; domestic and family violence
Methodological Expertise: Mixed methods; qualitative; instrument design; secondary analysis; systematic reviews; statistical modelling
Industry Collaboration Interests: Translational research; nursing workforce; safety and quality; patient participation
School Research Areas:  Clinical Outcomes; Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication; Nursing and Midwifery

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Professor Susan Nancarrow

Professor Susan Nancarrow

Research Interests: Health workforce; primary care; health systems; service organisation and delivery
Methodological Expertise: systematic review; mixed methods; qualitative analysis; epidemiology
Industry Collaboration Interests: Health policy; aged care; health service providers; community health; primary health networks; Allied Health
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Health Workforce Development

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Professor Shi Zhou

Professor Shi Zhou

Research Interests: Neuromuscular responses and adaptations to exercise and training; exercise testing and intervention for selected populations; Current research projects include effects of hypoxia intervention on exercise performance and hyperglycemia; fitness survey for adult populations; and bilateral effects of unilateral exercise.
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative research; exercise and fitness testing; anthropometry; EMG; muscle physiology
Industry Collaboration Interests: Exercise science and fitness; exercise interventions for health and chronic diseases; sports science research
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Associate Professor Rosanne Coutts

Research Interests: Sport Psychology; chronic illness and exercise; health and wellbeing; sport performance; muscle dysmorphia; chronic fatigue syndrome
Methodological Expertise: Mixed method; qualitative; quantitative
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Exercise, Health and Human Performance; Human Behaviour and Communication; Health Pedagogical Research

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Dr Michelle Donelly

Associate Professor Michelle Donelly

Research Interests: Lived experience and the ecology of human participation, engagement, tasks, activities and routines; social inclusion and inclusive communities; advocacy
Methodological Expertise: Range of qualitative methodologies including ethnography, hermeneutic phenomenology and participatory research
Industry Collaboration Interests: 'Living a Good Life: Personal support networks' DVD series - collaborative research project
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development; Health Pedagogical Research


Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard

Adjunct Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard

Research Interests: Biomechanics; functional adaptation to increased mass and dimensions such as occurs in pregnancy and obesity; mechanics of the trunk during football (soccer) kicking; mechanics of the pelvis
Methodological Expertise: 3D motion analysis
Industry Collaboration Interests: Physiotherapy of the pelvis and trunk; sports research; maternal health
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Associate Professor Deb Massey

Associate Professor Deb Massey

Research Interests: patient safety, teaching and learning, recognising and responding to patient deterioration
Methodological Expertise: mixed methods, case study research, qualitative, quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: ACCCN EAP chair, editorial board member of ACC, Social Media Editor for NET; associate editor for Nurse Education Today
School Research Areas: Nursing and Midwifery and Health Pedagogical Research

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Bernice Mathisen

Associate Professor Bernice Mathisen

Research Interests: Spiritual and compassionate care in allied health, speech-language pathology, global citizenship, palliative care, swallowing
Methodological Expertise: Systematic review, mixed methods, qualitative research
Industry Collaboration Interests: : Speech Pathology Australia, Compassionate Gold Coast, La Trobe University, Spiritual Care Australia, Palliative Care Australia
School Research Areas: Speech-language pathology, allied health, communication, swallowing, interprofessional education and practice

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Dr Rudi Meir

Associate Professor Rudi Meir

Research Interests: Sports specific conditioning and training; exercise technique; drugs in sport; thermoregulation and fluid status in exercise; injury epidemiology; skin cancer and sports participation; sports marketing and sponsorship; strategies for developing workplace resilience
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative (surveys, statistical modelling); qualitative (focus groups)
Industry Collaboration Interests: Sports teams and clubs; sports performance research (individual and team athletes); sports organisation strategic management
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Associate Professor Sally Sargeant

Research Interests: Critical health psychology, psycho-oncology, adaptation to illness and decision making, communication ion healthcare, health information seeking behaviour, health professions education, student learning and experience
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative (thematic, discourse and conversation analysis), quantitative (factor/principal component analysis)
Industry Collaboration Interests: Health service partners, collaboration with international psychology academics, mental health and wellbeing of health service personnel
School Research Areas: Human behaviour and communications, health pedagogical research

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Dr Jacqui Yoxall

Associate Professor Jacqui Yoxall

Research Interests: Forensic psychology (malingering and detection of other forms of deception; offending behaviours; animal abuse and family violence); clinical psychology (trauma and recovery, mental illness and evaluation of treatment); psychological assessment in civil and criminal environments
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; survey/ questionnaire design and development; simulation studies; development and validation of assessment measures
Industry Collaboration Interests: Mental health; criminal justice and law stakeholders; workers compensation insurers; family violence workers/peak bodies; animal protection/advocates; providers of counselling and intervention services (e.g. Centacare, Lifeline etc.)
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication

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Academic research staff

Ms Christina Aggar

Dr Christina Aggar

Research Interests: primary health care, transition programs for new graduate nurses, clinical skills education, chronic care and rehabilitation; carers and caregiving; International students and nurses  
Methodological Expertise: quantitative, qualitative and mixed method
Industry Collaboration Interests: Primary Health Networks and service providers, and Local Health Districts. Christina's most recent projects have involved interdisciplinary research in collaboration with health care professionals from various fields of expertise including nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, social science and public health 

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Dr Alex Barwick

Dr Alex Barwick

Research Interests: 1. Diabetic foot: the pathophysiology of the foot in diabetes including the development of Charcot foot, arterial disease, neuropathy and ulceration. Diabetic foot screening and reducing behaviour-related risks, particularly footwear habits. 2. Footwear: the health impacts of footwear and related habits, footwear as an intervention for chronic foot problems. 3. Research pedagogy: the development of research skills in undergraduate health students and new graduate health professionals.
Methodological Expertise: a variety of positivist approaches including cross-sectional research designs, diagnostic accuracy and reliability studies of clinical tests, systematic literature review. Technical skills: peripheral vascular and microvascular function testing, peripheral neurological testing, foot bone density, podiatric assessment and management techniques
Industry Collaboration Interests: : footwear; diabetes foot care providers; researchers in therapeutic footwear

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Dr Kyle Bennett

Dr Kyle Bennett

Research Interests: Talent identification and development in youth team sports; skill acquisition; growth and maturation; perceptual-cognitive expertise; esports
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Sporting organisations and governing bodies; youth sports academies and clubs; professional athletes and teams
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Dr Alison Bowling

Dr Alison Bowling

Research Interests: Cognition and ageing; eye-tracking to study inhibitory control in older adults
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative statistics; SPSS; statistical modelling (general linear mixed models); computer programming
Industry Collaboration Interests: Ageing research
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication

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Dr Joanne Bradbury

Dr Joanne Bradbury

Research Interests: Psychological stress and resilience; mental health; nutrition; complementary medicine; health workforce; public health
Methodological Expertise: Clinical trial design; structural equation modelling; biostatistics; statistical software packages Stata, SPSS, and MPlus.
Industry Collaboration Interests: Complementary medicine; nutrition; mental health; health workforce
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Exercise, Health and Human Performance; Health Workforce Development; Natural and Complementary Medicine

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Jessica Browne

Dr Jessica Browne

Research Interests: Middle ear disease; infection and immunity
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative approaches; epidemiology; experimental research; clinical research; cellular phenotypic and functional assays; immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology techniques.
Industry Collaboration Interests: Respiratory and mucosal infectious disease; health service providers; research institutes; Institute for Glycomics

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Paul Butterworth

Dr Paul Butterworth

Research Interests: Obesity and foot pain; foot surgery
Methodological Expertise: Correlation research
Industry Collaboration Interests: Chronic disease
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development

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Dr Michele Chandler

Dr Michele Chandler

Research Interests: Medicine safety, LGBTQ ageing, Safety and quality in health and aged care, Accreditation standards, Registered nurse manager development, recognition and response to deterioration in health and aged care
Methodological Expertise: Grounded theory, Discourse analysis, Heuristic analysis
Industry Collaboration Interests: Quality indicators and public reporting in the residential aged care sector, Aged care quality and safety standards, Clinical governance, Workforce modelling.
School Research Areas: Medicine safety in undergraduate nursing education, Residential aged care and meeting the quality and safety standards, Models of contemporary aged care provision


Lisa Chen

Dr Lisa Chen

Research Interests: Knowledge translation; hospital services redesign; change management; process evaluation
Methodological Expertise: mixed-methods study, quantitative and qualitative approaches
Industry Collaboration Interests: cardiovascular health
School Research Areas: Patient-reported outcome (experience) measures; consumer experiences; implementation

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Dr Mike Clinstein

Dr Mike Climstein (FASMF, FACSM, FAAESS)

Research Interests: Clinical exercise physiology; human performance in health and disease; surfing/stand up paddle boarding; dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (bone health and segmental body composition changes in exercise and disease); master/veteran athletes; prevention and treatment of chronic disease/disorders, high intensity interval training in chronic disease
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; exercise interventions in health and disease; cardiopulmonary testing (athletes (professional/recreational) and chronic disease populations); dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (bone mineral density/segmental body composition); quantitative statistics; database mining; epidemiology
Industry Collaboration Interests: Medical health history of master/veteran athletes; water based research; chronic disease (prevention and rehabilitation); efficacy of exercise in health and disease. Consulting (cardiometabolic disease and exercise, research); Fellowship in American College of Sports Medicine, Australian Sports Medicine Federation, Exercise and Sports Science Australia; Academic Editor PeerJ; ESSA National committee member (Fellows Steering committee and Ethics & disciplinary committee)
School Research Areas: Clinical Exercise Physiology; Health and Human Performance; Water Based Research; Exercise (prevention/rehabilitation); Sport Injuries; Segmental Body Composition; Bone Health; Preventive Medicine; 109 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over $7 million in research funding

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Sonja Coetzee

Dr Sonja Coetzee

Research Interests: Clinical exercise physiology and health; women's health; exercise and health; clinical teaching and learning
Methodological Expertise: Predominantly qualitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Clinical research and women's health in general
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Exercise, Health and Human Performance


Zac Crowley

Dr Zachary Crowley-McHattan

Research Interests: Neuromuscular control and adaptation; skill acquisition and motor learning
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; electromyography (EMG); systematic reviews.
Industry Collaboration Interests: Applied sports research; sports training and testing; rehabilitation, exercise and health research
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Luke Del Vecchio

Dr Luke Del Vecchio

Research Interests: Masters Athletes, Effect of Martial arts Training on health, validation of emerging sports science technologies
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative methods, validation & reliability analyses, exercise interventions for health and performance
Industry Collaboration Interests: National Sporting Organisations; Sports Clubs, Clinical Exercise Physiology
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Dr Jim Donnelly

Dr Jim Donnelly

Research Interests: Psychophysiology; paediatric and adult neuropsychological assessment; paediatric and adolescent concussion; aged care; wellness/mindfulness and mood effects; executive functioning; human emotion; parenting and work-related stress; psychological and physiological factors influencing perception, emotional response, and cognitive and exercise performance; assessment of attendee satisfaction for community events
Methodological Expertise: Psychophysiological techniques (e.g. electroencephalogram/event related potentials, eye-blink startle response, electromyography, temperature); biofeedback; neuropsychological and cognitive testing; questionnaire construction; motivational interviewing; univariate and multivariate statistics; eye-tracking analyses
Industry Collaboration Interests: Aged care research; assessment of community events; sport research regarding recovery from injuries and maximising performance; paediatric and adult concussion assessment and rehabilitation; development of cognitive testing strategies for use in aged care and head trauma; use of Motivational Interviewing for supporting change in business, leadership, educational or sports settings; Indigenous wellbeing; applications of psychophysiological indices; staff wellbeing; teacher training and assessment
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Exercise, Health and Human Performance; Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication

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Dr Frances Doran

Dr Frances Doran

Research Interests: Women's health from a social health/social determinants perspective; gestational diabetes; health promotion; public health; community engaged research; access to health services; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; community health perspectives
Methodological Expertise: Mixed methods; qualitative research
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development

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Dr Elizabeth Emmanuel

Dr Elizabeth Emmanuel

Research Interests: Women's health; midwifery; maternal distress; postnatal depression; maternal role development; domestic violence; quality of life; mental health; Indigenous women's health
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; longitudinal studies; surveys; phenomenology; literature reviews; mixed methods
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Exercise, Health and Human Performance; Human Behaviour and Communication; Nursing and Midwifery

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Kitty-Rose Foley

Dr Kitty-Rose Foley

Research Interests: Health and wellbeing of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically mental health, participation and wellbeing of autistic adults, ageing well/successful ageing. Health, wellbeing and resilience of undergraduate university students
Methodological Expertise: Range of quantitative and qualitative approaches; including survey design, large linked data, longitudinal analysis, phenomenology, co-designed research and mixed method approached.
Industry Collaboration Interests:Autism and disability specific organisations, schools, health services, mental health services, disability self-advocates, Occupational therapists
School Research Areas: Disability, participation and quality of life and mental health

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Dr Louise Horstmanshof

Dr Louise Horstmanshof

Research Interests: Healthy ageing; transition; preparation for health workforce; innovative simulation-based education; postgraduate health workforce education; inter-professional teamwork in healthcare; leadership; communication
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; qualitative; systematic review; evaluation of educational approaches and health programs, Realist Evaluation
Industry Collaboration Interests: Healthy ageing; Indigenous preference for aged care; postgraduate pathways to education; workforce development; communication
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication; Pedagogical Research; Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

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Dr Elaine Jefford

Research Interests: Midwifery including decision-making and the impacts of this in relation to risk, safety and quality of health care provision on maternal and neonate health, midwives and the midwifery profession as well as educational research, such as how things are taught and assessed
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative; mixed methods; feminist theory; Appreciative Inquiry; action research
Industry Collaboration Interests: Midwifery, perinatal mental health and education and psychology
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Human Behaviour and Communication; Nursing and Midwifery; Health Pedagogical Research

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Dr Desiree Kozlowski

Dr Desiree Kozlowski

Research Interests: Pleasure and pleasurable emotions, especially their relationship with human health, resilience, creativity, and flourishing; emotional intelligence in work and education settings; gender; quality of life in older adults; effective leadership and team performance
Methodological Expertise: Presentation and communication; Workshops and training; Survey and experimental design; Inter-disciplinary and mixed methods work; Analysis and interpretation with particular expertise in communicating to a broad audience (i.e., SciComms)
Industry Collaboration Interests: Pleasure, flourishing and resilience in the workplace and for older adults; emotional intelligence interventions in work and education settings; gender
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication; Health Workforce Development.

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Dr Richard Lakeman

Dr Richard Lakeman

Research Interests: Psychotherapy, extra-ordinary experiences, mental health nursing, mental health programme evaluation, mental health recovery, vicarious trauma, and trauma informed approaches to care
Methodological Expertise: Pragmatic evaluation, grounded theory, ethnography, mixed methods and qualitative approaches generally
Industry Collaboration Interests:
Working with services to develop and evaluate psychotherapeutic interventions
School Research Areas: Health Workforce Development; Human Behaviour and Communication; Nursing and Midwifery

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Dr Mitchell Longstaff

Dr Mitchell Longstaff

Research Interests: Cognition, memory, decision making, attention, motor control and how factors such as neurological disorders, stress, ageing, skill etc. affect performance in these areas. I am broadly interested how knowledge from these areas can be applied as well as the use of technology in assessment within a health context. 
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative; statistical and nonlinear dynamic analysis; experimental design
Industry Collaboration Interests: Anything research area related to: cognitive and/or motor performance; ageing research; neurological disorders (particularly those with motor or cognitive symptoms)
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance; Human Behaviour and Communication

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Dr Kolleen Miller Rosser

Dr Kolleen Miller-Rosser

Research Interests: Clinical placements; paediatrics; history
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Nursing clinical experiences; Indigenous health; pediatrics
School Research Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

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Dr Gail Moloney

Dr Gail Moloney

Research Interests: The theoretical articulation of social psychological theories; social representations theory; social identity and psychological essentialism; social issues such as blood donation, organ donation, resettlement of refugees, the depiction of minority groups through cartooning, and climate change
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative analyses; factor analysis; multidimensional scaling; thematic analyses and the use of word association techniques
Industry Collaboration Interests: Blood donation and organ donation research; issues surrounding the resettlement of refugees into regional Australia; how communities understand health and health-related issues, such as blood and organ donation, specific diseases and illness; how these understandings can be used to design health-related interventions
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication 

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Paul Orrock

Dr Paul Orrock

Research Interests: clinical reasoning; developing models of complex interventions and testing their effectiveness in clinical trials
Methodological Expertise: Mixed methods; surveys; clinical audits;
Industry Collaboration Interests: Work with stakeholders in profession and government;
School Research Areas: Clinical Outcomes; Health Workforce Development; Osteopathic Medicine; Complementary Medicine; Pedagogical Research

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Anna Praskova

Dr Anna Praskova

Research Interests: Career developmental psychology: goal setting and goal adjustment; career calling; self-regulation; personal and social resources; wellbeing; employability; career success; career adaptability; cross-institutional (incl. international teams) and cross-disciplinary work (especially health disciplines); Psychological scale development and psychometrics
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative methods, including complex regression analyses, factor analyses, and structural equation modelling
Industry Collaboration Interests: Preparation of graduates for workplace; wellbeing and success of health service students and personnel
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication

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Dr Steve Provost

Dr Steve Provost

Research Interests: Experimental analysis of human behaviour; mismatch negativity; discrimination learning; higher education
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Marine science
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication; Health Pedagogical Research

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Basia Radlinska

Dr Basia Radlinska

Research Interests: Mental health and illness, Trauma and Complex Trauma, Burnout, Vicarious Traumatisation, Neurological correlates of mental health and illness, youth mental health, wellbeing of women, wellbeing of health care professionals
Methodological Expertise: clinical research methods, qualitative research, quantitative research, mixed methods
Industry Collaboration Interests: Mental health, health service providers, translational research, non-government organisations and charities
School Research Areas: Health and human sciences, nursing and midwifery

 


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Dr Nedeljka Rosic

Research Interests: Parkinson’s disease; bio-products; host–microbe interaction; environmental stress, bio-markers; haematology
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative and quantitative biochemical analysis; functional genomics; gene expression profiling; molecular biology techniques
Industry/Community Collaboration Interests: Health service providers for genetic testing; companies working on novel bio-products; environmental agencies

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Dr Nasim Salehi

Dr Nasim Salehi

Research Interests: Public health/health promotion, health services management/healthcare leadership, health and community services, social capital, social determinants of health, social policy and practice, social psychology, mental health and wellbeing, health psychology, citizen science, digital health, health education
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative research, mixed-method studies, systematic review - Statistical software packages (SPSS/Stata/SAS, AMOS/Lisrel, Nvivo); Analysis techniques (Social Network Analysis (SNA), Structural Equation Modelling, Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Path Analysis, Content Analysis)
Industry/Community Collaboration Interests: Public health/health promotion, health services management/healthcare leadership, health and community services, social capital, social determinants of health, social policy and practice, social psychology, mental health and wellbeing, health psychology, citizen science, digital health, health education
School Research Areas: Healthcare leadership, health promotion/public health, digital health, health education

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Dr Christina Samios

Dr Christina Samios

Research Interests: meaning-making following stressful life events and situations; adjustment to illness and caregiving; couples adjusting to stress; savouring positive emotional experience; self-compassion; burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction; cultural life script; meaning in life; health beliefs; positive psychology; health psychology; dyadic data analysis
Methodological Expertise: primarily quantitative
Industry/Community Collaboration Interests: health psychology; positive psychology; relationships, including couples and families
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Kirstine Shrubsole

Dr Kirstine Shrubsole

Research Interests: Implementation science; evidence-based practice; knowledge translation; stroke rehabilitation; aphasia; acquired communication disorders; communication access; Parkinson’ disease
Methodological Expertise: Implementation science; Qualitative interviews, focus groups and Nominal Group Techniques; Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials; Mixed methods; Systematic review; Scoping review; Implementation science 
Industry/Community Collaboration Interests: Stroke services and rehabilitation; speech pathology practice; health services
School Research Areas: Aphasia rehabilitation; Evidence-based practice, Knowledge Translation; Implementation interventions

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Dr Chris Stevens

Dr Christopher Stevens

Research Interests: Exercise Physiology; sports performance; exercise testing; environmental physiology; thermoregulation
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Sports research; Sports training and testing
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Christian Swann

Dr Christian Swann

Research Interests: Sport, exercise, and performance psychology; flow; performance under pressure; enjoyment; goal-setting; resilience and mental health in youth sport
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative; quantitative; mixed-method; systematic reviews
Industry Collaboration Interests: Sport clubs and organisations; gyms and exercise facilities; professional athletes and teams; physical activity promotion
School Research Areas: Exercise, health, and human performance; Human behaviour and communication

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Dr Nicci Whiteing

Research Interests: Rural and remote nursing, advanced nursing practice, Nurse Practitioners, curriculum development, preparation for practice, transition to practice; workforce, clinical outcomes
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative, case study; mixed methods, implementation research
Industry Collaboration Interests: Rural and remote workforce, Nurse Practitioners, tertiary education providers; Local Health Districts
School Research Areas: Clinical outcomes, health workforce development, pedagogical research


Dr John Whiting

Dr John Whitting

Research Interests: Biomechanics; sport and exercise science
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Sports research; sports industry
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance

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Dr Heather Winskel

Dr Heather Winskel

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics; language; reading; cognitive psychology; cross-cultural psychology; developmental psychology; educational psychology
Methodological Expertise: Research methods and designs; experimental research; quantitative; linguistic analysis; eye tracking and reading; programming experiments
Industry Collaboration Interests: Cross-cultural research; educational psychology; applied psycholinguistics; linguistics; language and literacy development
School Research Areas: Human Behaviour and Communication

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Dr Ken Wojcikowski

Dr Ken Wojcikowski

Research Interests: Teaching and learning issues around health science and distance education; technology; complementary therapies; chronic kidney disease
Methodological Expertise: Laboratory animal studies; clinical trials; teaching trials
School Research Areas: Exercise, Health and Human Performance


Catherine Andrew

Ms Catherine Andrew

Research Interests: Workplace injury prevention; ergonomics; sustainable employment perspectives for healthy ageing; implications for age related changes in capacity to drive safely; impact of YOD dementia on workforce participation; consumer involvement as research collaborators
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative methods including narrative inquiry
Industry Collaboration Interests: Driving and Dementia, ADHEr University of Wollongong http://www.adhere.org.au/drivingdementia.html ; Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
School Research Areas: Clinical outcomes; health workforce outcomes

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June Colgrave

Ms June Colgrave

Research Interests: Child protection; self-efficacy
Methodological Expertise: Quantitative
Industry Collaboration Interests: Paediatrics; clinical nurse education; child protection; child and family health
School Research Areas: Nursing and Midwifery


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Beth Mozolic-Staunton

Research Interests: Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics, Early Intervention, School-based practice, Autism Spectrum Disorder, health and early childhood education workforce capacity building, service-learning and practice education
Methodological Expertise: Knowledge translation, prospective community based design
Industry Collaboration Interests: Early Childhood Education settings, primary schools, community health, paediatrics, National Disability Insurance Scheme
School Research Areas: Disability, Health Workforce Development

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Nichole Phillips

Ms Nichole Phillips

Research Interests: Acute and chronic pain, pain science, left-right discrimination, vaccination attitudes, osteopathy
Methodological Expertise: Surveys, quantitative methods
Industry Collaboration Interests: Quality of life, manual therapy, exercise interventions


Stephen van Vorst

Mr Stephen van Vorst

Research Interests: Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing Education – Undergraduate and Transition to Practice, Perinatal Depression, Men’s Health, Disability Nursing Care
Methodological Expertise: Qualitative, Narrative Analysis
Industry Collaboration Interests: Preparation for practice, Transition to practice, Workforce retention; Perinatal depression and supporting fathers; Disability care
School Research Areas:Mental Health; Nursing & Midwifery

 

Leeann Whitehair

Ms Leeann Whitehair

Research Interests: Teamwork, team leadership, team training; high-reliability organisations, organisational resilience, Safety-II, patient safety, medication errors, undergraduate nursing education and high-fidelity simulation.
Methodological Expertise: Mixed methods; observation methods; qualitative (thematic analysis)
Industry Collaboration Interests: Acute care rural hospitals
School Research Areas: Nursing and midwifery; Health workforce development; Human behaviour and communication

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Deb Massey

Associate Professor Deb Massey

Head of Nursing

Deb is a an critical care nurse and still works clinically. Deb's teaching expertise is health assessment, recognising and responding to patient deterioration and all aspects related to patient safety. Her research focus is health service research and the students' experience.

Andrew Woods

Mr Andrew Woods

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Nursing

A Registered Nurse 20+ years of Critical Care clinical experience in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, and internationally. After several years of balancing clinical nursing practice with clinical supervision and casual academic teaching roles, his passion turned to nursing education. In 2011, Andrew became a Nursing Lecturer at SCU. He is interested in aspects of curriculum design that optimise the student learning experience. His research has included community engagement and workforce development.

Lucy Shinners

Lucy Shinners

Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing

Lucy Shinners is an experienced intensive care nurse who has worked in Australia and overseas for the past 20 years. Lucy specialises in teaching international qualified registered nurses and is also interested in digital health technology and its impact on the healthcare system, the journey of the student, and the healthcare workforce. Lucy’s PhD pursuits explore healthcare professionals’ experiences and perceptions of artificial intelligence in the delivery of care.

Ms Anna Foster

Ms Anna Foster

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse Pathway

Anna has worked in intensive care for 15 years in both Australia and the UK. She moved tertiary education 10 years ago, with a focus on bridging the gap in enrolled nursing qualification to registered nursing. Her research interest is in climate change and the impact on health, as well simulated health education.

Nasim Salehi

Dr Nasim Salehi

Course Coordinator, Master of Healthcare Leadership

Dr Nasim Salehi began her work in health-related areas in 2004, including healthcare leadership and health promotion (in teaching, research and practice). She has been involved in multidisciplinary research projects, focusing on providing advanced models of care through improved health and wellbeing (particularly prevention and health promotion), reducing disparities for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, and increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness of services.

Marie Hutchinson

Professor Marie Hutchinson

Professor of Nursing and Healthcare of Vulnerable Populations

Marie is an experienced nurse, nurse researcher and supervisor. She has experience in health planning and policy roles, as well as health service administration and clinical leadership. Her research interest centre on the quality of the nursing work environment, clinical leadership, and improving healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations. She leads research programs in domestic and family violence, workplace bullying, nursing practice and safety, nursing workforce and moral engagement.

Professor Marianne Wallis

Director of Research, Professor of Nursing

Professor Marianne Wallis is the Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. Marianne is a passionate clinical and health services researcher. She has been a Chief Investigator in numerous large projects that have aimed at improving the nursing care of hospitalised patients, with impaired skin integrity, and improving health service delivery, especially for the frail elderly in the emergency department.

Richard Lakeman

Dr Richard Lakeman

Senior Lecturer & Course Coordinator, Postgraduate Mental Health Programmes

Richard has worked in NZ, Ireland and Australia in clinical, academic and management roles relating primarily to the provision of mental health services. Teaching experience has encompassed teaching all aspects of mental health care, case-management, health care ethics, philosophy, numeracy and research methods. He has been involved in developing novel programmes for homeless sector workers, GROW facilitators and mental health industry partners. He has a nurse and psychotherapist background.

Allied Health and Midwifery team

Jacqui Yoxall

Associate Professor Jacqui Yoxall

Head of Allied Health & Midwifery

Associate Professor Jacqui Yoxall has been a registered psychologist since 1997 and has combined clinical practice with an academic career. Much of her work has involved inter-professional collaboration and establishment of innovative approaches to healthcare, particularly in regional and rural areas. Her teaching and research interests lie broadly in human response to trauma, the nexus between psychology and criminal or civil law and psychological assessment.

Dr Gayle McLelland

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Midwifery

Gayle is an associate professor Midwifery at Southern Cross University. Gayle’s PhD in 2016 used population-based data to investigate the clinical profile of childbearing women attended by Victorian paramedics. Gayle’s research interests are midwifery education; technology and simulation in education; interprofessional education; emergency maternity care; safety in maternity care, and midwifery practice.

Bernice Mathisen

Associate Professor Bernice Mathisen

Course Coordinator, Speech Pathology

Associate Professor Bernice Mathisen is Discipline Lead and Course Coordinator in Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University. From 2011-18, Bernice was Discipline Lead in Speech Pathology, La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS). Formerly at The University of Newcastle and Director of the Interdisciplinary Dysphagia Clinic (IDC) from 2001-6, Bernice has 47 years experience in Australia and in the UK, with a broad spectrum of research, teaching, clinical service and senior administrative roles.

Paul Butterworth

Dr Paul Butterworth

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Pedorthics

Dr Butterworth completed his Bachelor of Podiatry in 1997, Master of Podiatry in 2008. In 2012 he developed the Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Pedorthics programs at Southern Cross University. Following AHPRA accreditation, he developed the first double degree in Podiatry and Pedorthics in Australia. In 2015, he was awarded a fellowship with the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2016 he completed his PhD & Grad Cert in Academic Practice.

Bimbi Gray

Ms Bimbi Gray

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) and Masters of Osteopathic Medicine

Bimbi Gray is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) and Masters of Osteopathic Medicine. As a Lecturer Practitioner, Bimbi’s primary focus is to support safe and professional student placement and facilitates evidence-informed clinical education in osteopathy. Bimbi is a registered osteopath and has clinical interest in interdisciplinary care, with a particular focus on chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Alex Barwick

Dr Alex Barwick

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Health & Human Sciences (Honours)

Registered podiatrist with experience in private and public practice. Teaching focus on research skills for health workers, foot wound prevention and management and interprofessional practice. Research focus is on the at-risk foot and prevention of non-traumatic amputations.

Ms Catherine Andrew

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Catherine is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Professional Ergonomist. She is currently a Senior Lecturer, teaching into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program. She is currently completing her PhD. Topic: What are the experiences of people who present with symptoms of, or a diagnosis of dementia whilst in paid work? Her research interests are consumer involvement as research collaborators, workplace injury prevention, and sustainable employment perspectives for healthy ageing.

Human Sciences team

Christian Swann

Dr Christian Swann

Head of Human Sciences

Dr Christian Swann is currently Head of Human Sciences (comprising Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science, and Biomedical Science). His research is in sport and exercise psychology, with particular focus on: goal setting in physical activity promotion; the psychology of exceptional performance; and the promotion of mental health in sport.

Mike Climstein

Dr Mike Climstein

Course Coordinator, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Mike is also Adjunct Assoc. Professor in Physical Activity, Lifestyle, Ageing and Wellbeing at Univ. of Sydney. Has 125 papers, 11 book chapters, 38 grants totalling $7.8m. Editorial board of PeerJ and Sports (Basel), reviewer for a number of sports science and clinical/medical journals. Research directions: clinical exercise physiology, masters athletes (medical/health history), aging/disease on bone health/segmental body composition (DXA) cardiac rehabilitation, surfing performance and more.

Desirée Kozlowski

Dr Desirée Kozlowski

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Psychological Science

Desirée is a highly engaged and successful researcher and educator in psychology. Her motivation is to add value to the world through impactful research and facilitating the education of the next generation of leaders and thinkers. Desirée’s research is in the areas of pleasure, emotional intelligence, and gender roles and she specialises in multidisciplinary research in real life settings. Her first career was in corporate management.

Christina Samios

Dr Christina Samios

Honours Course Coordinator, Gold Coast Campus Lead

Dr Samios has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has taught broadly across the field of psychology while also developing expertise in teaching statistics for the social sciences. Her research focuses on health and wellbeing in individuals and social units (e.g., couples) especially during times of stress.

Sheri Cooper

Dr Sheri Cooper

Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Diabetes Education and Management

Dr Sheri Cooper is an Accredited Practising Dietitian - Nutritionist, and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with 20 years’ experience working in the areas of public health nutrition and chronic disease management.  Current research projects include food literacy in chronic disease, gestational diabetes and health outcomes for women, willingness-to-pay for front-of-pack food labelling and Credentialled Diabetes Educator education review.

Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Exercise Science & Psychological Science

Dr Chris Stevens teaches into the units ‘Exercise Physiology’ and ‘Exercise Physiology and Prescription’. He is one of Australia's leading young researchers in sports science having twice been named Exercise and Sport Science Australia's best young researcher. His research interests include improving all aspects of sports performance, specifically the areas of sports physiology and environmental physiology. His current research projects investigate heat acclimation and cooling strategies.

John Whitting

Dr John Whitting

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science

John completed his Bachelor's in 2005 (1st class honours), and PhD in 2010, both in applied biomechanics at the UOW. In 2011 he took a position as a research fellow at the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at the University of Calgary, before moving back to Australia in 2013 to take up a continuing academic position at SCU. His research interests have a main focus in applied biomechanics during highly dynamic movements and activities, as well as in understanding in-vivo muscle-tendon mechanics.

Ken Wojcikowski

Dr Ken Wojcikowski

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Dr Wojcikowski, has a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Queensland and an MSc in pharmacology/pharmacognosy from Southern Cross University. In 2015, he was awarded an Australian National Teaching Citation for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning'. His research interests include ‘student preferences in online education’ and ‘drug discovery from natural sources’.

Professor Andrew Cashin

Professor Andrew Cashin

Professor of Autism and Intellectual Disability

Dr Andrew Cashin is Professor of Autism and Intellectual Disability, School of Health and Human Sciences. Andrew conducts a Nurse Practitioner clinic for people with autism, their families and those that work with people with autism at the Southern Cross University Health Centre.

Professor John Hurley

Professor John Hurley

Professor of Mental Health

John is a Professor of Mental Health and works clinically at Headspace as a credentialed mental health nurse and experiential psychotherapist. He is the School Director of Higher Degree Research. John has over 100 international peer-reviewed publications, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Topics of expertise are mental health, emotional intelligence and health workforce over a range of research methodologies.

Professor Shi Zhou

Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

Shi is an exercise scientist. He obtained his PhD from The University of Melbourne in 1994. His research interests are mainly in the areas of neuromuscular responses and adaptations to exercise and sport training, and effects of exercise interventions for selected populations and health conditions. He has established strong international research links, and successfully supervised numerous PhD and Masters students to completion. His research outcomes have been published in numerous publications.

Dr Sandra Grace

Director, Teaching & Learning; Professor of Osteopathy & Integrative Medicine

Sandra is a health services researcher, with a focus on models of primary care, program evaluation and interprofessional education and practice. She established the Osteopathic Research Alliance in 2017 and co-founded the SCU N-of-1 Clinical Trials Group. She is Deputy Chair Academic Board (Teaching & Learning) at SCU, and a member of the SA Health Practitioner Tribunal, Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation, Osteopathy Australia Research Committee, and chairs the ATMS Research Committee.

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