Professor Margaret Carter commenced with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in 2019. Before coming to ACAP, Margaret was employed at James Cook University where she lectured since 2010, first in Singapore as a Senior Lecturer in Education (2010-2013), then Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Education, and then Associate Professor (2017-2018). Margaret's motivation and challenge has been leading and sustaining meaningful environments that enhance learning and engagement within higher education. Her main areas of research and educational consultancy include mental health and wellness, preventing cyberbullying, and young children’s social behaviour.
Margaret has intentionally intertwined research, teaching and community engagement in all aspects of her work, a process that led to her receiving a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2017 for leading a transformative and ethical community of inquiry approach in the guidance and counselling program.
Margaret's scholarship and research in cyber safety and mental health is grounded in her understanding and advocacy that mental health is everyone’s business. Currently, she is leading an internal Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement project that seeks to rethink how the curriculum can better support guidance, counselling, and career development students’ mental health, and how promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies can be integrated into the culture of higher education institutions.
Professor Margaret Carter is AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.
Associate Professor Abraham Francis a researches and lectures in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University. He is also a research associate in the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and an Adjunct Faculty at Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal University, India.
Abraham is passionate about working in and researching strengths-based practice in mental health. He has contributed extensively to the literature on Social Work practice in mental health through his publications, convening conferences, establishing research networks, and by developing consortiums.
Abraham's excellence in teaching has been recognised on a number of occasions. In 2010, he was a recipient of JCU's Inclusive Practice Award for 'exceptional support for students with a disability'. More recently, in 2016, he received a JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 'leadership and expertise in social work education in mental health that inspires and nurtures students to be competent, confident and compassionate practitioners'.
Associate Professor Abraham Francis is an AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.
Jeremy Audas has worked in human and community services for many years, both in public service roles and recently as the CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland. Currently he is working as Executive Manager North Queensland for the Richmond Fellowship Queensland.
Jeremy's interests lie in community mental health, community development and building individual and organisational capacity to support better mental health. He is also a past member of the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, Chair of the Townsville Intercultural Centre, and President of the Townsville Community Legal Service.
Kylie Bennett is a final year Bachelor of Social Work student at James Cook University. Kylie believes in community and environmental wellbeing as foundational to positive mental health. Kylie has worked in the areas of disability support, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and education special needs support. Kylie maintains volunteer involvement with The Family Inclusion Network-Townsville, which provides a safe space for parents involved with the Department of Child Safety, offering support, advocacy and information. Kylie is also a committee member with Townsville Community Law, and has been actively involved with AMHHEC since 2018.
Dr Beryl Buckby is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the undergraduate and postgraduate Master of Psychology (Clinical) programs in the College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University. Her teaching and research encompass clinical supervision and psychopathology, young-age onset dementia, mental health (particularly interventions), stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as suicide and suicide prevention in North Queensland communities.
Beryl's current focus is inter-professional education and communication and the role psychologists play in enhancing person-centered care. Over her 25 years as a psychologist, she has worked in Forensic Mental Health with adolescents and adults, older persons’ mental health in residential-care settings, and in a small private practice for adults with complex mental health issues.
In collaboration with JCU's Professor Ed Helmes, Dr Buckby established a memory and carer support clinic in 2008 within the JCU Psychology Clinic. She was also a partner in the establishment and conduct of a 12-week group PTSD program designed especially for non-military members of the community, which was delivered eight times in the years 2010 to 2015 at the JCU Psychology Clinic.
Margaret has a BA in psychology and criminology and an Honours in criminology from James Cook University. She is currently an APA scholarship recipient for her PhD, also through James Cook University. She has worked in many academic and administrative positions at the university since 2011.
Vicki has worked in higher education in counselling and behavioural sciences for over 10 years. Prior to her career in higher education and research, Vicki worked in family violence as a trauma counsellor and group facilitator.
In teaching and learning, Vicki has focused on developing and promoting cultural awareness and responsiveness amongst students as they prepare to enter an increasingly culturally diverse society. She believes curricula should engage students at a cognitive, affective and behavioural level in order to foster the understanding and skills required to be responsive to the worldview of others. Vicki is also passionate about animal ethics and the relationship between human and non-human animals.
Vicki’s research interests include a focus on diversity, stigma and wellbeing. She has researched in the areas of HIV and AIDS, sexual orientation and gender identity, community-connectedness, compassion fatigue and human-animal studies.
Vikki has worked in higher education in psychology and counselling for over 20 years. She is Discipline Lead, Psychological Sciences (Brisbane) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Her interests in teaching and learning include an emphasis on developing curricula which incorporates the development of inter-professional education, collaborative practice, and cultural responsiveness, especially as pertains to integrating Indigenous knowledge and culture into undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She is also keen to see clinicians trained in the use of digital health to facilitate access to services for underserved groups.
Vikki’s research interests include a focus on the psychosocial aspects of health and the development of interventions aimed at improving health outcomes, including mental health. She is especially committed to conducting research which attempts to address inequities in access to services, including amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the culturally and linguistically diverse, and for individuals living in rural and remote communities. She is also interested in pursuing research that attempts to understand practitioner attitudes towards tele-health, especially in the context of delivering therapy via Video Conferencing Technology.
Dr Smriti Krishna is a senior scientist within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, and is a keen mentor and professional supervisor to post graduate and higher degree research students. She has a strong commitment to translational research beneficial to the patients. With career spanning across several countries, Smriti has developed a strong passion towards multiculturalism, community integration and broader community engagement. She enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and rural and remote communities. She is a compassionate community focused individual with a strong desire to promote change using scientific tools.
Smriti possess great organisational skills and over the years has been actively organising conferences, fundraisers and cultural programs. She believes in maximising human potential by identifying strength and promoting the talent, thus bring together diverse community group for successful creative outcomes.
Associate Professor David Lindsay is a Registered Nurse and an experienced nurse academic and researcher within the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research at James Cook University. He has long-standing interest and involvement in rural nursing and rural nurse education in Australia, and nursing education and practice in low-resource settings across the Western Pacific, particularly Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice roles. His research interests currently include long-term condition self-management by health professionals, bullying within nursing, and tuberculosis management in low-resource settings in the Western Pacific.
Associate Professor David Lindsay is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and a Friend of the National Rural Health Alliance and an AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.
Tracey Mahony is a lecturer in Marketing at James Cook University. Amongst her qualifications are a Detective Appointment (QPS), Bachelor of Law (QUT) and Masters of Business Administration – Masters of Professional Accounting (JCU). Her research focuses on the role of technology in regional economic development, business strategy and the utopian concept of using social media for social good. In keeping with these research interests, Tracey’s PhD (Commerce-Marketing) examines the adoption of marketing communications technology by regional small business for advancing economic development.
Claire Ovaska is Senior Liaison Librarian for the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University. She is dedicated to improving learning and teaching outcomes for students and supporting academic staff research.
Claire completed Mental Health First Aid training in 2016 and was (naively) surprised at how often she has since drawn on this training. Claire has assimilated that ‘mental health is everyone’s business’ and wants to see improved mental health outcomes for staff and students in higher education. Claire has been actively involved with AMHHEC since 2018.
Simone Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (MBBS) program and Master of Health Professional Education within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. Her research and teaching encompass socially accountable health professional education, supporting the student transition to university and beyond, and the development of leadership skills training for medical students.
Simone holds a BPsych and MDR from James Cook University, has several years' experience in international research and program management, and is currently enrolled in a PhD investigating medical student leadership needs for the Australian health system.