PhD in Applied Psychology (1995). Chartered Psychologist (UK). Research background in Aviation Human Factors and Occupational Psychology.
Last 12 years working in risk perception, preparedness and protection, response, and risk communication - in the fields of natural disasters and emergencies, radiological/nuclear emergencies, human health emergencies (pandemics) and animal emergency diseases and zoonoses.
Currently working in the areas of flood risk communication (public and emergency services driving through floodwater and general flood risk communication) and
animal emergency management in disasters and emergencies (funded by Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) - looking at animal owner behaviour, preparedness and response to bushfire/flood, and assisting emergency service agencies to improve their approaches to the management of animal owners and their animals/pets.
Previous research is in biosecurity and uptake of (animal vaccination) in horse owners - related to Hendra virus (mainly) and equine influenza. Also in the psychosocial impacts of emergency animal diseases and the control responses to these diseases, e.g. quarantine, stigma.
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, Macquarie University
Senior research fellow, Western Sydney University
Cranfield University, Applied Psychology
Durham University (UK), BSc (Hons) Psychology
Grants and Contracts
Managing Animals in Disasters
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Horse owners and Hendra virus: A Longitudinal study To Evaluate Risk *HHALTER)
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Assessing community resilience in Brisbane communities after the 2011 flood
Chief Investigator (E)
Australian Research Council
Biosecurity practices of Australian Sheep producers
Meat and Livestock Australia
Social media in Disasters
Emergency Media and Public Affairs
Addressing the challenges of Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) terrorism
NSST Prime Minister and Cabinet
British Psychological Society
Mental Health (111714)
Veterinary Epidemiology (070704)
Public Policy (160510)
Organisational, Interpersonal And Intercultural Communication (200105)