Study Background: I was awarded a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University in 2012. Since then, I have project managed two randomised trials: one examining psychological interventions for problem gambling, and another testing a co-design intervention to improve psychosocial outcomes for people with severe mental illness accessing Mental Health Community Support Services.
Current Projects: My current project involves supporting general practitioners and practice nurses to work with their patients to reduce dementia risk factors. This will involve (i) identifying the views, attitudes, beliefs and needs of general practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses (PNs) in terms of dementia prevention, (ii) working with GPs and PNs to co-design an implementation intervention, and (iii) pilot testing the intervention in select general practices.
Academic Aims for the Future: I aim to stay at Melbourne University after graduation and continue to conduct research relevant to the translation of evidence into everyday practice in primary care. I also want to help deliver teaching and learning programs and provide supervision for research higher degree students.
What you hope to contribute to the mental health graduate circle? I hope that my background in clinical neuropsychology and my experience working on a variety of mental health research projects for four major Australian universities will allow me to bring a unique perspective on design and ethical issues related to mental health research. I especially hope to help others prepare their oral presentations.
What you hope to learn from mental health hub members? I hope the Mental Health Hub Members will support me to improve my academic writing skills and mental health research networks.