We would like to introduce you to four recently-appointed staff who are already making significant contributions to the School, ranging from managing the Clinic and its operations, to researching and testing the efficacy of psychological interventions such as Triple P.
Jamin recently joined the School of Psychology as a Research Fellow after completing his PhD in October 2016 with UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre (PFSC). His research interests focus on the application of technology-assisted approaches to screening and intervention, primarily within the context of child and adult mental health and family wellbeing. During his PhD, Jamin conducted a randomised controlled trial of Triple P Online, a web-based adaptation of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program, and seeks to continue exploring factors that contribute towards outcomes in online programs, such as engagement and attrition, technology preferences, and the role of professional support.
Jamin currently works within the PFSC’s innovation projects team, helping to develop a greater understanding of how parenting programs can be delivered effectively across contexts, cultures and modalities.
Leander began her journey with the UQ School of Psychology in 2008 when she was successful in obtaining a place in the dual doctorate degree (Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology). She graduated from this program in July 2011 and set her sights quickly on a PhD (looking at wisdom in older adults, under the supervision of Prof Nancy Pachana), from which she will graduate in December 2016. As well as completing the PhD, she has tutored, been a sessional lecturer, and supervisor; primarily within the Clinical postgrad teaching program, but also more recently within the Master of Psychology program. Both her research and clinical interests are in older adults and aside from her wisdom work, she is also involved in projects that look at treating anxiety in people with Parkinson’s disease, health and wellbeing in older adults, and pharmaceutical interventions for people with Alzheimer’s disease. In formally taking on the role of the Clinic Manager of the UQ Psychology Clinic, her journey takes a slightly different tack, but one which continues her involvement in the training of future psychologists and will allow her to continue pursuing her research areas of interest.
Recently joined as Research Fellow at the Parenting and Family Support Centre, Meghna completed her PhD from India in the area of adolescent resilience. As part of this research she developed and tested an intervention for school-going adolescents at risk for depression.
Her areas of interest include developmental psychopathology, parent-child/adolescent interactions, child sexual abuse, and psychotherapeutic interventions for children and adolescents. She has various national and international publications, magazine articles, and newspaper columns to her credit.
She is committed to spreading awareness about mental health issues in the general population and fighting discrimination and stigmatisation.
Having originally completed her Masters in Educational Psychology in 2003, Eva returns to the School of Psychology’s Parenting and Family Support Centre as the Ipswich Local Coordinator for the Every Family: Australian Triple P System Population Trial. This Trial represents the largest ever population trial of Triple P, and will target some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable families in Australia. Eva brings a variety of experiences to this role, having worked as a psychologist in schools, community settings and private practice, and undertaken roles in community development and project management. Eva has returned to study this year undertaking a Masters in Public Health with the University of Queensland. She is a keen participant of yoga and hula hooping.