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I am a research fellow in the Australian Institute of Health Innovation. In my current role I am working in collaboration with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to improve the health outcomes for young adults living with Type 1 diabetes. Previously, I managed a large research team and external stakeholders to elicit healthcare provider and consumer views about innovative models of healthcare for the design of a new Sydney hospital. I also lead behavioural experiments to study the cognitive processes involved in applied visual search and attention to understand the mechanisms of expertise. I utilise quantitative and qualitative and co-design methods in my research, and have led several systematic reviews. 

In my capacity as a Lecturer, I Co-Convene a Masters of Research unit: MEDI17001: Medical Research Foundations: Ethics, Integrity and Practice and have Convened a Psychology 4th Year/Masters unit: Thinking, reasoning and decision making in theoretical and applied settings. I also have delivered several guest lectures on undergraduate units in Psychology such as Perception and Cognition.

I am a tutor on the BClinSci course: Foundations of Learning, Communication and Teamwork and a Masters of Public Health unit: System Science in Healthcare. 

I supervise three PhD students who are looking at decision making in emergency settings, barriers to diabetes care for the CALD population, and the GP/patient relationship, respectively. 

I supervise several students from Psychology and Medicine who are undertaking empirical research as part of their undergradute, postgraduate and higher degree research programs. 

I worked previously as a medical sonographer working at tertiary hospitals and private practices. 


Research interests

I am interested in a range of topics related to health systems, management and patient safety. Specifically, healthcare accessibilty and equity for vulnerable populations and those living in rural and remote regions. Currenlty, I am conducting research in Mount Isa to understand the barriers and faciliators to diabetes care. I am also interested in understanding the factors that contribute to resiliance in healthcare such as stakeholder relations, teamwork, leadership. In this work, I take a co-design approach that involves providers and consumers to ensure that the research is relevant and will address an important gap. 

As a cognitive psychologist and previous medical sonographer my research interests also lie in patient saftey, and medical image perception. I have worked in the context of human factors especially with regards to the differences between novices and experts. I am also interested in the human factors impacted by the human/machine collaboration, such as vigilance and situation awareness. 


Community engagement

I regularly present my research findings to external stakeholders and the health industry.

I am a speaker at "Macquarie in a Day" and at a number of High School Careers events.

I serve as a reviewer for journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, Attention, Perception and PsychophysicsApplied Cogntive Psychology, Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences

I am a proud member of Macquarie University's Ally Network. 

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, PhD, Expertise in visual search of medical and non-medical images, Macquarie University

13 Dec 201414 Sept 2017

Award Date: 28 Apr 2018

Psychology, BScPyschHons

Medical Sonography, GradDipMedUS

Medical Radiation Science, BAppSc

External positions

Medical Sonographer, Sydney Adventist Hospital


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