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Staff listing

The School of Health and Social Development is a large and diverse school, with staff that specialise across allied health, inclusion, disability, environment and social work. Find staff member profiles and read about their most recent publications

Meet the Head of the School of Health and Social Development

Professor Jennifer Watts is the Head of School of Health and Social Development. She is a health economist and over the past 20 years has established a strong record in health economics, in both teaching and research. Jenny leads a large and diverse school, with staff specialising across community health, inclusion, disability, environment and social work.

Our courses are built on international collaborations, meaningful research and strong connections between the university, industry, communities and the public. We're committed to research that results in real, tangible outcomes for improving health.

Professor Jennifer Watts

Head of School of Health and Social Development

Key contacts


Professor Jennifer Watts, Head of School, School of Health and Social Development

Professor Beth Crisp, Deputy Head of School

Sally Speirs, School Manager

Dr Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning

Professor Lisa Barnett, Associate Head of School, Research

Dr Jo Watson, Associate Head of School, International and Partnerships

Associate Professor Fiona McKay, Co-Director, Determinants of Health

Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett, Co-Director Determinants of Health

Professor Suzanne Robinson, Director, Deakin Health Economics

Anna Peeters, Director, Institute for Health Transformation

Professor Gary Sacks, Co-Director GLOBE

Professor Kathryn Backholer, Co-Director GLOBE

Professor Genevieve Pepin, HDR Co-ordinator

Kate Beckwith, Executive Officer

Discipline leads

Professor Angela Dew, Discipline Lead, Disability and Inclusion

Professor Beth Crisp, Discipline Lead, Social Work

Associate Professor Kirk Reed, Discipline Lead, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor Claire Henderson-Wilson, Discipline Lead, Health Society and Environment

Associate Professor Matthew Dunn, Discipline Lead, Public Health and Health Promotion

Associate Professor Judi Parson, Discipline Lead, Play Therapy

Associate Professor Jemma Skeat, Discipline Lead, Speech Pathology

Our people

Academic

Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Lecturer, Public Health

Professor Steven Allender, Professor

Associate Professor Fiona Andrews, Senior Lecturer

Professor Lisa Barnett, Associate Head of School, Research

Norma Barrett, Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion

Professor Catherine Bennett, Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Epidemiology

Rhiannon Breguet, Lecturer, Play Therapy

Nicole Bruges, Lecturer, Health Society & Environment

Teresa Capetola, Lecturer

Madi Cashin, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Emma Clark, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Professor Beth Crisp, Deputy Head of School

Dr Sally Denning, Lecturer, Play Therapy

Professor Angela Dew, Professor, Disability and Inclusion

Gemma Digby, Lecturer

Joh Donkers, Lecturer

Raelene Dundon, Lecturer, Play Therapy

Dr Priscilla Dunk-West, Associate Professor, Social Work

Dr Matthew Dunn, Associate Professor

Dr Sarah Epstein, Senior Lecturer

Jacqui Edwards, Lecturer

Pearse Fay, Lecturer

Carah Figueroa, Lecturer

Dr John Fox, Lecturer in Social Work

Dr Lan Gao, Associate Professor, Health Economist

Dr Neetu George, Lecturer, Health Society & Environment

Phoebe Godfrey, Lecturer, Play Therapy

Professor Lisa Gold, Professor

Dr Natalie Hadiprodjo, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Claire Henderson-Wilson, Associate Professor

Tamara Holmes, Lecturer, Social Work

Dr Kate Huggins, Associate Professor

Dr Michelle Hunt, Lecturer, Social Work

Dr Shane Kavanagh, Lecturer in Public Health (Undergraduate)

Rachel Knight, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Dr Julie Kos, Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion

Dr Greer Lamaro Haintz, Senior Lecturer

Professor Tony LaMontagne, Professor, Work Health and Wellbeing

Dr Eric Lau, Associate Professor

Dr Justin Lawson, Lecturer

Sally Logan, Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Tania Long, Lecturer in Play Therapy

Dr James Lucas, Senior Lecturer in Social Work Field

Nikki Lyons, Fieldwork Supervisor in Occupational Therapy

Caroline MacKinnon, Lecturer

Dr Nikki McCaffrey, Associate Professor

Associate Professor Fiona McKay, Associate Professor

Dr Hayley Mckenzie, Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences

Sharryn McLean, Social Work Fieldwork Educator

Sarah McNeill, Lecturer

Associate Professor Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning

Dr Amie O'Shea, Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion

Ange Parrish, Lecturer, Indigenous Curriculum

Associate Professor Judi Parson, Associate Professor, Child Play Therapy

Professor Genevieve Pepin, Professor, Occupational Therapy

Alice Pratt, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor Kirk Reed, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Kieva Richards, Lecturer

Dr Kim Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Professor Suzanne Robinson, Chair and Head, Deakin Health Economics

Bridget Sarah, Lecturer, Play Therapy

Dr Louisa Smith, Senior Lecturer, Disability and Inclusion

Rebecca Stockdale, Lecturer in Public Health

Dr Patricia Taylor, Lecturer

Professor Samantha Thomas, Professor, Public Health

Kris Vingrys, Senior Lecturer

Dr Sevi Vassos, Senior Lecturer

Tamara Wanklyn, Lecturer

Dr Elyse Warner, Lecturer

Valerie Watchorn, Senior Lecturer

Lucinda Watson, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Dr Joanne Watson, Senior Lecturer, Disability and Inclusion

Professor Jennifer Watts, Head of School Health and Social Development

Sharon Williams, Social Work Fieldwork Educator

Judy Wookey, Social Work Fieldwork Educator

Associate Professor Serene Yoong, Associate Professor, Implementation Science and Health Services

Research

Sadika Akhter, Dean's Research Postdoctoral Fellowships

Associate Professor Jaithri Ananthapavan, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mary Rose Angeles, Associate Research Fellow, Health System Financing and Sustainability

Professor Kathryn Backholer, Professor

Bettina Backman, Associate Research Fellow

Dr Miranda Blake, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow

Dr Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, Research Fellow

Andrew Brown, Research Fellow

Dr Victoria Brown, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jennifer Browne, Senior Research Fellow

Jessica Bucholc, Research Fellow, Project Coordinator

Beau Cubillo, Senior Research Fellow

Professor Adrian Cameron, Professor

Dr Johannes Carl, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jasmine Chan, Associate Research Fellow, Food Policy

Oxana Chiotelis, Research Fellow

Sarah Dean, Associate Research Fellow

Tiana Felmingham, Associate Research Fellow - STAMP

Tari Forrester-Bowling, Research Fellow

Penny Fraser, Associate Research Fellow

Madison Frith, Associate Research Fellow

Professor Lisa Gold, Professor

Elena Gospodarevskaya, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Adyya Gupta, Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Josh Hayward, Research Fellow Grade 2

Dr Karen Hill, Research Fellow, Aboriginal Health

Monique Hillenaar, Project Manager and Implementation Coach

Associate Professor Danielle Hitch, Associate Professor

Associate Professor Kate Huggins, Associate Professor

Oliver Huse, Associate Research Fellow

Francis Ip, Senior Research Fellow, Health Technology Assessment

Dr Michelle Jackson, Research Manager and System Specialist

Dr Jane Jacobs, Data Manager

Kripi Ravish Khanna, Associate Research Fellow

Dr Kelemu Kibret, Executive Dean Health Research Fellow

Dr Anita Lal, Senior Research Fellow, Health Economics (Cancer)

Neha Lalchandani, Associate Research Fellow

Dr Ha Le, Executive Dean Health Research Fellow

Dr Peter Lee, Research Fellow

Dr Gloria Leung, Research Fellow

Dr Nic Lister, Associate Research Fellow

Dr Ann Livingstone, Research Fellow

Dr Navoda Liyana Pathirana, Research Fellow

Melanie Lum, Associate Research Fellow

Michelle Lim, Research Assistant

Josephine Marshall, Associate Research Fellow

Dr Florentine Martino, Research Fellow, Vic Health

Dr Emiliano Mazzoli, Executive Dean Research Fellow

Dr Simone McCarthy, Research Fellow

Kaitlyn McKenna, Research Assistant Professor

Associate Professor Nikki McCaffery, Associate Professor

Dr Shaan Naughton, Research Fellow, Grade 2

Dr Cindy Needham, Research Fellow

Phuong Nguyen, Research Fellow

Brandon Nguyen, Associate Research Fellow

Dieu Nguyen, Research Fellow

Associate Professor Melanie Nichols, Associate Professor

Dr Hannah Pitt, Research Fellow, Vic Health

Jaimie Poorter, Associate Research Fellow - STAMP

Sil-ling Pruis, Research Fellow

Dr Sean Randall, Senior Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Health Economics

Dr Erica Reeve, Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Professor Gary Sacks, Professor, Research

Dr Feby Savira, Research Fellow

Dr Tailane Scapin, Research Fellow

Dr Debbie Scott, Senior Research Fellow

Lauren Sheppard, Research Fellow

Dr Kate Sievert, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Marufa Sultana, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Elise Tan, Research Fellow

Sue Taylor, Research Fellow Grade 2

Dr Fisaha Tesfay, Research Fellow

Professor Samantha Thomas, Professor

Utsana Tonmukayakul, Research Fellow Grade 2

Michelle Tran, Research Fellow

Dr Anna Urbanowicz, Senior Research Fellow

Carmen Vargas, Associate Research Fellow

Sithara Wanni Arachchige Dona, Associate Research Fellow, Deakin Health Economics

Nikita Wheaton, Associate Research Fellow, Systems

Dr Ben Wood, Research Fellow

Dr Clement Wong, Research Fellow

Sandra Younie, Senior Research Fellow - Health Economics

Associate Professor Silva Zavarsek, Associate Professor (Health Technology Assessment)

Dr Christina Zorbas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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