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Professor in Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

A graduate from the Australian Ballet School, QUT Dance and after having danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company and Queensland Ballet, Gene pursued further studies in psychology completing a Masters and Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Working across the performing arts, elite sports and the corporate sector, Gene has focused upon the application of performance psychology and performance enhancement within these domains. As a sport and exercise psychologist, Gene has also supported a number of Olympic Winter sports programs across three Olympic cycles (Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014), and has worked extensively within the elite sporting system at both State and National level across Winter and Summer Sports in both service provision and leadership roles. Her involvement in the performing arts has included Lecturing in Performance Psychology at QUT Creative Industries and Griffith University, a Career Development Advisor for the SCOPE and SCOPE for Artists Programs, the Head of Student Health & Welfare at the Australian Ballet School, in addition to consulting to various performing arts schools, associations, companies and individual students and professionals.

During her career, Gene has developed a broad base of experience cultivated across multiple sectors in public and private organisations operating across Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom. She has worked in Senior Executive and Management roles across a range of industries, including holding multiple positions on Boards and Advisory Committees.


  • 2012–present
    Professor, QUT Creative Industries


  • 2005 
    University of Southern Queensland, Doctorate of Psychology (Sport & Exercise)
  • 2002 
    University of Southern Queensland, Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise)
  • 1999 
    Bond University, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
  • 1997 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Human Movement Studies)
  • 1994 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
  • 1992 
    Australian Ballet School, Diploma of Dance

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists