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Professor Charles Abraham
B.A., D.Phil., C.Psychol., FBPsS., FEHPS., FHEA.Professor Charles Abraham PhD is Director of the Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change. He is an applied social and health psychologist specialising in behaviour change and translational health research. He employs a range of quantitative, qualitive and review methods to research many behaviour-change challenges. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of behaviour-change interventions, including those using digital and group-based components. Areas of application include preventive behaviour patterns (e.g., weight loss), health service usage (e.g., increasing engagement with relevant health services) and management of long-term illnesses (e.g., diabetes, heart failure and persistent pain). He has held scientific advisor positions with the UK Department of Health, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the UK House of Lords. He was one of 7 psychologists included in a list of the leading 100 practising scientists in the UK (produced by the UK Science Council in 2014). He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, has a Google Scholar h-index of 69 and, in 2018, was listed as a "world-class researcher selected for exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1%, by citations for field and year, in Web of Science". He is also a practising Health Psychologist, registered by the UK Health and Care Professionals Council. For an introduction to his research see below.
Professor Ron BorlandProfessor Ron Borland joined MCBC in July 2019. Prior to that he was the Nigel Gray Distinguished Fellow in Cancer Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria where he worked for over 30 years. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and has a Google Scholar h-index of 80. He is recipient of the 2020 John Slade Award, honoring members of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based public policy and public advocacy. Ron is listed in the Web of Science list of the World's most influential scientists. He is one of the Principal Investigators of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, an international collaboration that is analysing the impact of policies on smoking. This project has led to better understanding of the challenges of preventing relapse. He has developed a range of mass-disseminable, smoking-cessation interventions, including the automated-online QuitCoach, which he has shown to be effective in randomized trials. He has a special interest in harm minimisation strategies and strategies to assist highly disadvantaged, high risk prevalence groups. He has a special interest in systems approaches and in theorising that integrates factors influencing individual level change and population focussed change. He is the developer of CEOS theory: a comprehensive theory of Hard to Maintain Behaviour Change.
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Dr Camille ShortDr Camille Short is a senior behavioural scientist with experience and training in health psychology, digital, and public health. Her research focuses on the use of technology for improving access to high quality, personalised, and multidisciplinary health services, especially for behaviour change and improved mental health among individuals with chronic and complex health issues. She was recruited to the University of Melbourne in 2019 to drive cross-disciplinary research in digital health and cancer control. She has an affiliate position in the cancer experiences research group at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship. She is the current chair of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity's e-&mHealth special interest group, an ambassador for Open Digital Health, and serves on the scientific advisory committee for PoCoG, the psycho-oncology clinical trials group funded by Cancer Australia. Her research is highly cited internationally, including in clinical guidelines, with significant contributions to understanding engagement in digital behaviour change interventions, the role of personalisation in effective behaviour change support, and the development and evaluation of several digital behaviour change interventions for chronic disease control, including cancer.
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Dr Michelle JongenelisDr Michelle Jongenelis has expertise in health promotion, intervention development and evaluation, behavioural psychology, and clinical psychology. She works across multiple and diverse health-related behaviours including alcohol and tobacco control (including use of e-cigarettes), nutrition, physical activity, and sun protection. She also has an interest in body image disturbances and eating disorders. Michelle works as a researcher and consultant for a broad range of organisations covering the not-for-profit and government sectors. She sits on the Australian Council of Smoking and Health and is a member of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board. She is an accredited Clinical Psychologist and has been a committee member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy since 2008. Michelle previously worked at Curtin University, where she held joint positions of Deputy Director of the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit and Research Fellow.