Alexandra Devine

Study Background:  This PhD study aims to explore whether and how the life circumstances of job seekers with psychosocial disability are influenced by their engagement with the Australian Government funded Disability Employment Services program. A longitudinal mixed methodology approach will be utilized, including quantitative surveys with job seekers with disability, and, qualitative interviews with jobseekers with psychosocial disability.

Current Projects: I am currently also providing Technical Advice to an Australian Government funded Skills for Employment program in Kiribati. Previous projects include examining how development programs can better include people with psychosocial disability; and, the W-DARE project which aimed to improve access to quality SRH for women with disability in the Philippines.

Academic Aims for the Future: I hope to complete my PhD and continue on an academic path to further explore how to improve the participation and quality of life of people with disability, including people with psychosocial disability.

What you hope to contribute to the mental health graduate circle? I hope to contribute knowledge and experience from the research I have been involved in, in relation to promoting the rights of people with disability, including people with psychosocial disability.

What you hope to learn from mental health hub members? I hope to learn from colleagues about other research in the field of mental health and how this shared knowledge can be drawn upon in my own research.