SPEAKERS

See and hear from researchers and experts from around Australia and internationally

Frank Quinlan

Frank Quinlan

CEO of Mental Health Australia

Frank Quinlan is the Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of “mentally healthy people, mentally healthy communities”.

Frank was previously the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, a peak national body for social services organisations providing social and community services to over a million people each year.

Frank has a long history of working in the not-for-profit sector, having previously worked at Grassmere Youth Services, Tranmere Street Youth Refuge and the Australian Drug Foundation. He has also held senior positions with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia and the Australian Medical Association.

Frank is an energetic advocate for disadvantaged Australians and for the community and not-for-profit sector, and has represented the interests of both his members and the sector on numerous government consultative panels and committees.

Prof. Louise Newman

Prof. Louise Newman

Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology | Monash University

Louise Newman is the Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology. Prior to this appointment she was the Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry.

In January 2011 she was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

She is the Convenor of the Alliance of Health Professions for Asylum Seekers and an advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She is the Chair of the Detention Expert Health Advisory Group an independent body providing advice to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the health needs of asylum seekers. She has been involved in research into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers.

Jasmine Sliger

Jasmine Sliger

Cross Cultural Counselling and Organisational Psychologist | BA (psych), MA (Clinical Psych), MAPS, AFAHRI, MAIM

Jasmine Sliger is the founder of JSA International Communications and JSA Counselling. She is a multilingual, clinically trained psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in the US.

In her 30 years of clinical work, she has had many varied positions which have included past president of ASSERT (The Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists) NSW, a supervising psychologist of clinical, counselling and organisational psychologists, a crisis team coordinator and clinical director of programs for distrurbed adolescents, and founded thereupeutic programs in Australia and the USA.

Dr Stephane Shepherd

Dr Stephane Shepherd

Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

Stephane is a Research Fellow and Lecturer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), a Masters degree and he completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology at Monash University in 2013. Research interests include: youth violence, violence risk assessment, risk and protective factors for offending across gender and ethnicity, Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing, and policing. Stephane was awarded the 2015 Inaugural Fulbright Cultural Competency Postdoctoral Scholarship.

Interests:
+ Risk factors for violence across ethnicity and gender
+ Cultural specific risk factors for general and violent offending
+ Violence Risk Assessment
+ Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing
+ Policing multicultural communities

Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan

Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan

Senior Lecturer | James Cook University

Dr Gopalkrishnan was the Founding Director of the Centre for Multicultural and Community Development, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, unique in Australia in bringing together the dual focus on cultural diversity and community development and undertaking groundbreaking work in research, development and training. Narayan has also coordinated and taught in courses in community development, counselling, health, globalisation, social disadvantage, sociology of knowledge, group work, social change, social planning, communication and thought, and social policy. He has been a visiting scholar in different universities around the world including Africa and Asia.

He has extensive publications in scholarly journals relating to his research interests including publications for bodies such as UNESCO and UNU. Narayan is an engaged scholar. He has been one of the founding members of a major NGO, the Multicultural Development Association, the primary provider of settlement services in Brisbane and Toowoomba. He was a member of the Multicultural Community Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Disability Services and Multiculturalism, Queensland.

Dr Julie Robinson

Dr Julie Robinson

School of Psychology | Flinders University

Julie is a developmental psychologist with a special interest in development and well-being in contexts of adversity. Most of her current research concerns the well-being of child and adolescent refugees and migrants. She also conducts research to support the well-being of adults with a terminal illness, and on individual and community recovery from disaster.

Her professional and community engagement include:
+ Development and delivery of Cross-cultural training programs
+ Programs providing orientation to service providers working with clients from refugee backgrounds.
+ Research capacity building in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa (via my involvement with The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development)
+ Capacity building for maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa (via AusAID-funded training grant).

Dr Y. Gavriel Ansara (pre-recorded to observe Shabbat)

Dr Y. Gavriel Ansara (pre-recorded to observe Shabbat)

MSc, PhD Psychology | Ansara Psychotherapy

Dr Ansara is internationally recognised for his research, lecturing, health policy work, and involvement in international human rights and social justice efforts. He is a Periodic Visiting Lecturer at Warsaw International Studies in Psychology at the University of Warsaw and serves as a board member for the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council. Dr Ansara is also the founding coordinator of Rosh Pinah, an affirming Orthodox Jewish network for people with same-gender loves, people with trans and/or non-binary gender experiences, and people born with intersex bodies.

Dr Ansara also volunteers with Together for Humanity, a multi-faith not-for-profit organisation that is helping schools, organisations and communities to respond effectively to differences of culture and belief through educational activities facilitated by diverse teams consisting of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish, and sometimes also Aboriginal, Pacific Islander, and Agnostics or Atheist educators.

Dr Laura Jobson

Dr Laura Jobson

Senior Lecturer | Monash University

Dr Jobson’s research primarily focuses on the influence of culture on the processes involved in the aetiology and maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Currently this program of research is funded by a National Institute for Health Research Fellowship (Dec 2010 – present). The psychological processes of autobiographical memory, appraisals, information processing and self have been a central focus of this work. This research aims to improve the theoretical and clinical relevance of cognitive models of PTSD for those from different cultural backgrounds. She has also recently been involved in research aiming to translate basic clinical science findings into novel forms of psychological interventions for depression and PTSD.

Dr Jobson currently has over 25 publications in the area and has received funding from several sources in the United Kingdom (National Institute for Health Research, National Health Service Trusts).

Dr Wendy Li

Dr Wendy Li

Senior Lecturer | Psychology in College of Healthcare Sciences | James Cook University,

Dr Wendy Li is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. Prior to her current appointment she was a Teaching Fellow in School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, a Counsellor at the Asian Services of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, and a Senior Lecturer at Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China.

Dr Li is currently a Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, JCU; an Associate of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building; a research associate with School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; and a Senior Research Consultant for Verité (a US-owned NGO) of the China Office.

Dr Li has an extensive research experience and led projects in Australia, New Zealand and China in areas of ageing, mental health, intergroup relations and discrimination, migration and refugee, and problem gambling and substance abuse.

Kelleigh Ryan

Kelleigh Ryan

Psychologist | Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)

Kelleigh Ryan is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland and the Australian South Sea Islanders with connections to the people of the Loyalty Islands on her mother’s side.

In 2015 Kelleigh, was the first Aboriginal psychologist to be appointed to the Psychologist panel of assessors for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the first woman Aboriginal psychologist to be selected to sit on the clinical governance advisory committee for the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council for NSW. Kelleigh sits on the Indigenous Psychological Advisory Group to the Australian Psychological Society Board and is a Steering Committee Member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

In her current role as Portfolio Lead for the Healing Foundation, she provides the direction and leadership for national knowledge sharing and project management of projects working with Intergenerational Trauma, Cultural Change, Stolen Generations and Trauma education and workforce development

Trisha Carter

Trisha Carter

Psychologist | Trans Cultural Careers

Trisha Carter is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree majoring in organisational psychology from the University of Canterbury (NZ) working with a focus on cross-cultural psychology. Having worked in HR and in the global mobility industry and lived and worked in New Zealand, China and now Australia she understands the challenges organisations face as they move their employees globally while balancing cost and performance outcomes. Her focus on building Cultural Intelligence and her accreditation as a CQ facilitator enables her to bring recent evidence-based content to training, coaching and consulting situations.

Trisha is based in Sydney. She delivers services throughout Australia to corporate and government organisations and has trained and presented to groups in New Zealand, China and the USA.

Dr Pamela Hays

Dr Pamela Hays

Psychologist | Author

Author of "Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy" and "Culturally Responsive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy".

Monique Toohey

Monique Toohey

Psychologist – Trainer – Coach – Author – Mum

Monique Toohey wears many hats, or should we say hijabs: Psychologist, Trainer, vocal Social Entrepreneur and now a published Author with her debut book ‘Without You: Rising above the impact of an abusive relationship’.

Monique draws on nearly two decades of clinical work as a Psychologist supporting women and young people to access culturally appropriate psychological services. Using innovative community development and positive psychology strategies she has raised awareness of and directly addressed 2 big issues that impact on the sustainability of families and communities, those being mental illness and family violence.

Dr Erminia Colucci

Dr Erminia Colucci

PhD CulturalPsychiatry, MPhil EthnoDocum/Anthro, BPsycSc(Hons), PGDip

Dr Erminia Colucci is the Lead and Lecturer in the MSc in Transcultural Mental Healthcare and MSc in Mental Health & Law at the Centre for Psychiatry. Prior to this, she was both a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health (formerly Centre for International Mental Health) at The University of Melbourne (Australia).

Erminia is the chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention SIG in Culture and Suicidal Behaviour, co-chair of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry SIG on Arts, Media and Mental Health and founder/director of Aperture, the Asia-Pacific Ethnographic Documentary Festival. She is also Honorary Research Fellow at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Karen Teshuva

Dr Karen Teshuva

Research Fellow , Deputy Head | Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing

Qualified in public health and education, Dr Karen Teshuva is a researcher in gerontology and public health. Her research areas focus on improving care and social inclusion for older people from vulnerable communities. Her PhD was a phenomenological study of the aged care experiences of Jewish Holocaust survivors and their carers.

The study findings contribute to earlier formulated theories about caring and current approaches to best practice in aged care. The study findings have implications for caring for ageing survivors of war-related trauma from other cultural backgrounds. She is deputy head at the Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing at La Trobe University and teaches in the Masters of Health Sciences.