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Dr. Katharine Greenaway

Katharine (Katie) Greenaway is a Senior Lecturer in social psychology at the University of Melbourne ( Katie completed her PhD at the University of Queensland before being awarded a fellowship with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award. She is currently funded by an ARC Future Fellowship and an ARC Discovery Project. Katie’s research aims to understand how people form social connections, and what benefits these connections have for people’s well-being and social lives. For this work, Katie has received multiple awards for early career research excellence and has attracted over $3 million in research funding.

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Dr. William Bingley

William Bingley is a postdoctoral research fellow in psychology at the University of Queensland, specialising in communication, identity, and emotion. William’s research suggests that ‘information access regulation’ concepts such as secrecy, confidentiality, and privacy affect individual, interpersonal, and group outcomes through a shared mechanism—social identity. In addition to this line of research, William is currently working on projects relating to human-centred AI, eco-anxiety, video-teleconferencing, collective action, and confidentiality breaches.

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Ms. Anh Tran

Anh Tran is a PhD candidate in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Her research focuses on emotions and emotion regulation as an interpersonal process in everyday life. A Master of Applied Psychology graduate from the University of Melbourne, she is also interested in translating research findings into actionable insights to solve practical problems.

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Dr. Candice Boyd

Candice Boyd is an artist-geographer with a background in clinical psychology.  She completed a second PhD in Cultural Geography and the Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2015 and is now an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She is currently researching spaces of mental health and well-being, regional youth engagement, and climate-related mental health issues.  She is also a Research Associate with the Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne, studying the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal Elders in regional Australia.

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Dr. Nicholas Van Dam

Nicholas Van Dam is the inaugural Director of the Contemplative Studies Centre and a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Nicholas is a highly regarded global leader in contemplative research and practice. His vision for the Contemplative Studies Centre reflects a desire for inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, and excellence, embedded within a rigorous ethical framework to ensure retention of the ethos of contemplative practices while simultaneously promoting their empirical study.

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Dr. Kari Gibson

Kari Gibson is a psychologist at The Viewpoint and a Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia, the Australian National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health. Her research explores the relationships between climate change, environmental disaster and mental health, and ways to increase resilience and support recovery after disaster among marginalized populations.

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Dr. Elise Kalokerinos

Elise Kalokerinos is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, where she co-directs the Functions of Emotions in Everyday Life (FEEL) Lab. Her research centres on emotion, motivation, and self-regulation. She uses multiple methods to investigate these topics, with a focus on experience sampling studies conducted in everyday life.

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Dr. Yoshihisa Kashima

Yoshihisa Kashima is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the psychology of cultural dynamics – how psychological processes contribute to the formation, maintenance, and transformation of culture over time, with particular emphasis on culture of sustainability. He is currently interested in computational modelling of cultural dynamics in complex social-ecological systems (interaction of human population with ecosystems), and his long-term aspiration is to understand the complex interplay among psychological processes, social networks dynamics, and cultural transformation in contemporary society.

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Dr. Peter Koval

Peter Koval is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie at the intersection of social, personality and clinical psychology with a focus on everyday emotional processes, including how people experience and regulate their emotions in response to everyday events, and how these processes relate to wellbeing and psychopathology.

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Ms. Dianna McDonald

Dianna McDonald is a researcher in the Behavioural Insights and Social Research Team at Sustainability Victoria.  She has been at SV for 4 years and during this time has undertaken two major pieces of state-wide social research - these include Victorians’ Perceptions of Climate Change and the Linking Health and Climate Change research which included surveying the public as well as over 700 Victorian healthcare professionals.  Prior to joining SV she spent several years working in health and research organisations, including 8 years in Oxford at the Picker Institute measuring patient centred care. 
On-going areas of interest include increasing the public understanding of the links between health and climate change, and the perceived priority of climate change action.