Mandy is a research officer in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University. She is currently working on the ARC funded project “Standing up to racism and racial bullying among Australian school students”. Her main research areas of interest are: cultural competency, racism/anti-racism, racial/ethnic health inequities, multiculturalism, intersectionality and health practitioner-patient communication.
Mandy received her PhD in public health at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her doctoral research involved a case study of organisational cultural competence in a community health setting, exploring client and staff perspectives of the impact of cultural background in health service utilisation and the utility of cultural competence organisational assessment. She completed her MPH in 2010 and has also been a practicing optometrist for over 14 years.