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VC's ECR Symposium

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings will be visiting the Faculty of Social Sciences to listen to presentations from Early Career Researchers from within the Faculty. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the profile of our exciting research and to showcase the talent from within the Faculty.

The Early Career Researchers who will be presenting are:

  • Doctor Michael Burri from the School of Education. Michael Burri is a lecturer in TESOL at UOW. His doctoral thesis, focusing on postgraduate student teachers learning to teach English pronunciation, has been awarded the School of Education Outstanding Thesis Award. Michael has conducted research and taught in Australia, Canada and Japan, and his publications have appeared in several leading journals in English language teaching and research (The Modern Language Journal, Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, TESOL Journal, The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, and English Australia Journal). In 2015, his publication in The Australian Journal of Teacher Education was awarded the TESOL Outstanding Paper on Non-native English-speaking Teacher Issues. Michael has also published several book chapters and has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences.
  • Doctor Laura Hammersley from the School of Geography & Sustainable Communities. Laura commenced working at UoW in January supporting the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities to develop innovative online teaching and learning resources. She is a passionate postcolonial feminist geographer interested in the intersection between international volunteering, service-learning and community development. In 2015 Laura completed a doctoral degree in Human Geography from the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. Her PhD research explored university student engagement with Indigenous community-based organisations in Sabah, Malaysia, and the Northern Territory, Australia.
  • Doctor Alison Bell from the School of Health & Society. Alison Bell, PhD; MSc – Research; B App Sc (OT); Grad Dip Safety Sc; Grad Cert Health Sc (Education); Cert IV Assessment & Training. Alison is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and Occupational Therapist. Her key research area is the openability of food and beverage packaging by older adults within institutional and community settings. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association (HFESA) David Ferguson Award for the best ergonomics research conducted in Australia within the previous 18 months for this work. Alison has a varied career, working initially as a clinical Occupational Therapist in Australia and the UK and then the field of Occupational Health and Safety for almost 30 years, with roles in injury management, safety management, workers compensation, ergonomics and human factors. She has been involved in work-related research for the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. Alison is passionate about ergonomics and its application across different domains. She is the HFESA representative on the Australian Occupational Health & Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) and Treasurer of the HFESA 2017 Annual Conference.
  • Doctor Denise Meuldijk from the School of Psychology. Denise Meuldijk began her career in Breda, the Netherlands. After completing her pre-university education in 2001, she studied psychology at the University of Maastricht. After a research internship at the Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she examined the effects of temporary deactivation of the hippocampus on contextual influences on object recognition memory, she completed her Master’s in Biological Psychology, sub-specialisation Neuropsychology, end- 2006 at the Maastricht University. In 2007 she shifted her focus from biological psychology to clinical psychology and obtained her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the Leiden University in 2008. In the meantime, she became involved in clinical research, and worked as a research assistant for the Dutch Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA) at the department of Psychiatry of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). In 2009, Denise commenced her PhD (Doing More With Less) on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of concise formats of psycho- and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of psychiatric outpatients of the Dutch regional mental health care provider GGZ Rivierduinen, at the department of Psychiatry of the LUMC and in close collaboration with GGZ Rivierduinen. Between the period May 2014 and January 2015, she combined the completion of her PhD with the position of senior policy officer at the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She supported the Knowledge Centre by the actualisation and development of diagnostic and treatment protocols by making scientific research accessible to professionals, parents and young people. Moreover, she was involved in several projects as part of the E-Knowledge centre, which aims at formulating policy with respect to online efforts. June 23rd 2016 she successfully defended her PhD thesis and obtained the grade of Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of Psychiatry at the Leiden University – Leiden, The Netherlands. From February 2016 she has been employed by the University of Wollongong as a research fellow, working with Professor Brin Grenyer with the Project Air Strategy for personality disorders, an initiative of the NSW Ministry of Health to improve pathways of care and researching new approaches to treatment. Within Project Air Strategy she conducts research on new models of care for the treatment of personality disorders, and provides consultation and training to health professionals in the evidence-based care for these disorders within the Australian public mental health system.
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