Members

Dr Darshini Ayton is a research fellow with the Falls and Bone Health Team. She is an emerging researcher in the area of healthy ageing and program implementation and utilises both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. She is currently involved in analysing the qualitative data collected as part of the 6-PACK project—the world’s largest falls prevention trial in the acute hospital setting—and providing program evaluation support for the RESPOND RCT—an intervention to assist patients to navigate the health system to access services to prevent falls.

Dr Linda Barclay is a political philosopher with an interest in how to conceptualise and measure justice. Many of her recent publications concern disability: what is disability, and what does justice and fairness require in terms of collective response to disadvantage? Linda has an additional interest in human rights, again concerning questions as to what they are, and how they might be justified. In this context she is especially interested in the notion of ‘dignity’, which plays a major yet ill-defined role in human rights law. As ‘dignity’ is often deployed in discussions of health care, she is exploring whether the same core idea is at stake in both of these contexts.

Anthony Barnett completed his Honours project entitled “The Clinical Impact of the Brain Disease Model of Alcohol and Drug Addiction: Exploring the Attitudes of Community-Based AOD Clinicians in Australia” in 2014. Anthony recently commenced his PhD in Psychology at Monash under the supervision of Dr Adrian Carter and A/Prof Craig Fry.  His PhD thesis explores clinician attitudes towards and acceptance of addiction neuroscience and emerging neuroscientific technologies.  Adopting a critical perspective (informed by the work of Illich and Foucault), Anthony’s research aims to elucidate the potential impact that emerging neuroscientific technologies may have on clinical practice and also adds to the debate concerning governance and the drug user.

Ushchi Bay is currently researching critical reflexivity as a conceptual tool for rethinking social work practice. She is applying this same framework to research Australian and New Zealand transition town movements, specifically their governance and gender relations. Transition Towns aim to address peak oil and climate change through local community action focused around a range of issues like clean energy, food sovereignty, public transport, and alternate economic systems. Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt as political theorists influence her exploration of Transition Town events and actions by using their conceptions of the self, knowledge/power relations, political rationalities (such as neoliberalism), political storytelling, making judgments and reconsidering authority(power and action) within community processes aimed at social change.

Adrian Carter is a Senior Research Fellow investigating the impact that neuroscience has on understanding and treatment of addiction and other compulsive behaviours. This includes the impact of neuroscience on: our notions of agency, identity and moral responsibility; the use of coercion and the capacity for voluntary control of addictive or compulsive behaviours; and the use of emerging technologies, such as deep brain stimulation and brain imaging, to treat addiction.

Carlos Clavijo Lopez is a full time PhD student in the Faculty of Medicine. Clavijo’s research interests include the study personal change with a particular focus on intimate partner violence. His current research project explores the life stories of men who have stopped using violence against their female partner with the aim to understand how they articulate their personal identity in general and their gender positioning in particular.

Kate Cregan’s research has been based in the ethical, cultural and social analysis of embodiment, with particular attention to medical interpretations, constructions and pictorial representations of the human body. Kate’s doctoral dissertation and subsequent articles are situated in the social, cultural and historical analysis of the body as it has been interpreted and shaped within authoritative systems (the law), pedagogical institutions (medicine) and popular or public arena (playhouses and sites of execution). Following the submission of her PhD she widened her research base to encompass contemporary issues affecting the human body, with particular reference to issues of social ethics, exchange and commodification, focussing on medical technologies, their globalization, and their impact on embodiment.

Mark Davis is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and co-convenor of the Health and Biofutures focus programme for the Faculty of Arts. His research focusses on the sociology of public health, including: narrative and health; the cultural mediation of pandemics; transformative technologies and the public health system, including social media, self-testing and self-diagnosis, and; communications and public trust in the expert knowledge systems of biomedicine. He is lead investigator of AMR-scapes and was a founding convenor of Nexus.

Ella Dilkes-Frayne is a Research Fellow in the Neuroscience and Society group at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University. Her research examines the social and spatial contexts of alcohol and other drug consumption drawing on ideas from posthumanism and new materialism. Her recent research has addressed young people’s party drug use in nightlife contexts; personal stories of addiction, dependence and habit for Livesofsubstance.org; and family experiences of online drug counselling.

Associate Professor  Suzanne Fraser‘s research focuses on addiction, the body, health and the self. She is the author of a number of books on the body and health in society and culture. Her first book, Cosmetic Surgery, Gender and Culture, was based on her PhD research. Later books focused on methadone maintenance treatment (Substance and substitution: Methadone subjects in liberal societies, with kylie valentine) and hepatitis C (Making disease, making citizens: The politics of hepatitis C, with Kate Seear). She recently co-edited a collection of essays on drugs and addiction (The drug effect: Health, crime and society, with David Moore), and her most recent book, Vanity: 21st century selves (with Claire Tanner and JaneMaree Maher) is due out in 2013.Suzanne’s main research focus at present is her Australian Research Council-funded Future Fellowship project. Entitled ‘Analysing and comparing concepts of addiction for improved health and social outcomes in Australia’, this project explores the ideas of addiction underpinning social and health policy and service provision in Australia and Canada.

Melinda Harvey is Lecturer in English in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. She is researching the uses of literature in health and well-being settings. Thanks to a UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund Grant she will be exploring this issue at The Reader Organisation, Liverpool and the Columbia University Medical Center Narrative Medicine Workshop later this year.

Pam Harvey is a lecturer in medical education at the School of Rural Health Bendigo. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, completing a practice-led research project investigating identity formation in adolescents with chronic illness. She is also a physiotherapist.

Courtney Hempton is a PhD student and Teaching Associate with the Centre for Human Bioethics. Her current research focuses on bioethics and biopolitics, particularly pertaining to dying and death. She also holds appointments with the Department of Psychiatry and Cabrini Health’s Szalmuk Family Psycho-oncology Unit, where she contributes to empirical research across psycho-oncology and palliative care.

Nicholas Hill is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences. His research explores how happiness and wellbeing discourses are reshaping people’s self-identity. His research interests include people’s experiences of health and illness and how scientific practices shape individual self-understanding.

Professor Rick Iedema is Professor in Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at the Monash Centre for Health Research & Implementation (MCHRI), in Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Melbourne, Australia. Previous to this he managed the research portfolio at the New South Wales Government Agency for Clinical Innovation for two years, while also holding a Professorial appointment in Healthcare Innovation at the University of Tasmania. Before that he was Director of the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney for 7 years. Rick’s main research and teaching interest is the connection between health reform policy, frontline care, and the implementation of reform. Specifically, he investigates how care complexity constrains the implementation of healthcare improvement policies and initiatives. His most recent publications include Visualising Health Care Improvement (with Jessica Mesman and Katherine Carroll, 2013, Radcliffe/Taylor & Francis), and Communicating Quality and Safety in Health Care (edited, with Donella Piper and Marie Manidis, 2015, CUP).

Kate Johnston-Ataata is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences (Sociology). She also coordinates the Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program and Healthtalk Australia. Kate’s PhD research explores experiences of partnering and becoming parents in cross-cultural relationships. Her research interests include health and illness-related experiences in the context of interpersonal relationships and life stage transitions.

Dr Cynthia Joseph  is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education.  She works with Postcolonial Theories, Comparative Education and Asian Studies to research cultural differences and inequality issues in education and work contexts.  Her current research interests include culture and innovation in the Asian bioeconomy. Cynthia was a CI on an ARC DP Teaching in  Learning Societies.   She also sits on the Research Committee on Women in Society, International Sociological Association.

Mutsumi Karasaki is a research assistant at the Department of General Practice at Monash University. He is currently involved in a project exploring how young people with mental illness currently access support services in primary care settings. His research interests include informal care, mental illness, disability, and alcohol and other drugs.

Renata Kokanovic is Professor of Sociology of Health and Illness at the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University. She served as a convenor of Nexus until early 2017. Her research focuses on health, society and medicine in psychiatric, disability and chronic illnesses along with digital media in health communication.​ Professor Kokanovic co-founded Healthtalk Australia, a unique online repository of health and illness narrative accounts designed to support people experiencing ill health, and inform health and social care delivery and policy. Healthtalk Australia is part of a large international collaboration initiated by Oxford University.

Evie Kendal is a member of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) unit at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash’s Alfred Centre. She is currently undertaking a research project looking at the role of popular culture in medical education. She also writes on the ethics of emerging reproductive biotechnologies and their representation in popular media, with a particular focus on utopian and speculative fiction.

Davina Lohm works as a research assistant with Dr Mark Davis researching public responses to influenza pandemic with a focus on the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. Her other interests involve responses to bushfire threat and multiculturalism in Australia. In 2012 she completed her PhD which investigated how young people, who live in Australia, understand their national identities.

Dr Mia Lindgren is Head of School of Journalism Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University. Mia’s  most recent research project, funded by NHMRC, developed a storytelling website exploring the social, industrial, legal and medical history of asbestos in Australia. The Australian Asbestos Network used personal narratives as a vehicle for public health information to raise awareness about the dangerous material. In 2012 Mia was seconded to ABC Radio National’s Social History and Features unit in Melbourne as a Visiting Producer on the broadcaster’s Inaugural Industry Placement.

JaneMaree Maher is currently involved in a range of projects that critically examine current approaches to childhood obesity, maternal responsibility and family. These projects explore how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on the relationships between mothers and children and how families respond to circulating discourses about consumption and responsibility.

Professor Lenore Manderson is Federation Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine with a joint appointment in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. Lenore is a renowned medical anthropologist and edits the international journal, Medical Anthropology.

Paula Michaels is currently continuing her work into the history of childbirth, turning her attention to the work of British physician Grantly Dick-Read, who coined the term “natural childbirth” in 1933. Analysed through the prism of social, intellectual, political and medical history, her project reconstructs the development and dissemination of his ideas and practices in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia. She is also launching a major new research project on the role of physicians in the global antinuclear movement, centring her study on the work of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its efforts.

Catherine Mills is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Bioethics at Monash University. She is the author of two books, Futures of Reproduction: Bioethics and Biopolitics (Springer, 2011) and The Philosophy of Agamben (Acumen, 2008). Her current research focuses on issues in biopolitics and bioethics, especially pertaining to human reproduction.

Dr Sally Newman works in the history of emotion and sexuality, focusing on the politics of archival interpretation in contemporary histories of intimacy.  Her book, The Intimate Archive (co-authored with Maryanne Dever and Ann Vickery), was published in 2009 and her articles have appeared in Journal of the History of SexualityWomen’s History Review and Australian Feminist Studies. She is currently writing a history of infatuation called The Crush.

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen holds an ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University for her project “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia.” She is the author of Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives (2005) which was shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Memory Is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora (2009) which received international recognition as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010. Nguyen’s new ARC project focuses on the experiences, memories and histories of Vietnamese veterans in Australia and will lead to a key new collection of oral histories at the National Library of Australia.

Gregory Phillips is a Waanyi Aboriginal person, a medical anthropologist and senior lecturer in Aboriginal health. His research interests are cultural safety, Aboriginal health, health and medical workforce, power and the state, healing, addiction and spirituality. He is a PhD candidate in the Social Sciences and Health Research Unit, and is completing a thesis about Aboriginal health, cultural safety and medical education.

Kiran Pienaar’s research focuses on the social constitution of addiction, the body in society, and the biopolitics of health and illness.  She has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics. Her current research program centres on lived experiences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) addiction in Australia. The research will inform the development of an online AOD resource for members of the public, health professionals and policymakers.

Dr Mary Lou Rasmussen is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Her principal research is in the area of sexualities, gender and education. Rasmussen was Chief Investigator of an Australian ARC project Sexuality Education in Australia and New Zealand: Responding to cultural and religious differences. She is a Partner Investigator on a Canadian SSHRC grant Affective Beginnings: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in teacher education.

Rhys Price-Robertson is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. His thesis explores the experiences of families in which the father has mental health problems, drawing on ideas from new materialism, critical psychology and family therapy.

Kathleen Riach is Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics. Her research is centred around the everyday experiences of the body at work, and is informed by phenomenological traditions and new materialism debates. Previous work has included exploring intersections of ageing and growing up and older in organizational spaces, understanding the lived experience of stress in the police force, and researching the role of smell in the workplace. She is currently working with a multidisciplinary research team exploring menopause at work and supervising HDR students exploring naturecultures at work and organizational trauma.

Ronli Sifris is a Lecturer in Monash University’s Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She researches in transitional justice, human rights and health law with a focus on gender and reproductive rights ranging from the domestic to the international. She has published widely on various aspects of reproductive rights, traversing matters relating to abortion, involuntary sterilisation and surrogacy. Her recent book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture (2014, Routledge) conceptualises restrictions on reproductive freedom within the framework of torture discourse.

Rob Sparrow is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. His current research interests include (the ethics of) human enhancement, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, artificial organs, and robotics. He has also published on xenotransplantation, nanotechnology, the cochlear implant, human cloning, and multiculturalism.

Claire Spivakovsky is a Lecturer in Criminology who has worked in academia, state and local government and the community sector. Claire‘s research explores how experiences of ‘difference’ and criminal justice are mutually constructed. In particular, she considers how localised notions of being ‘different’ – for example being racialised or living with a disability – are fundamental to the formation and orientation of criminal justice, and how criminal justice tools, technologies and logics propagate specific notions of being ‘different’ for individuals to embody.

Audrey Statham is a Research Associate and Project Co-ordinator on the Supported Decision-Making Project (Social Studies in Health and Medicine Research Program). She completed her PhD in Philosophy of Education at the University of Divinity, Melbourne in 2014. Audrey’s thesis investigated a national education policy called the Australian Values Framework, which outlined ‘nine values for Australian schooling.’ She argued that state and faith schools should educate for a kind of inclusive democracy akin to that which UNESCO described in the Delors Report as essential for working towards world peace. Audrey is currently conducting qualitative research into the lived experiences of family members caring for loved ones diagnosed with bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia and severe depression, within the context of advanced liberal democratic societies.

Dr John Stanislav Sadar is Lecturer in Architectural Technology and Design. He completed undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montréal, and postgraduate studies at the Teknillinen Korkeakoulu in Helsinki, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For Sadar, the central question in architecture is how the building mediates the relationship between the the body and the natural world. Architecture, for him, is thus situated amidst the overlapping fields of health, medicine, biology, materials science, and engineering.

Claire Tanner is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. Her recent research has involved a focus on health and consumption in diverse areas: from unproven stem cell treatments to childhood obesity. Her current work with mental health NGOs, and with people with lived experiences of psychiatric diagnosis and their carers, is directed towards improving mental health service provision, developing training packages for the mental health workforce, and formulating recommendations for legislative reform.

David Vakalis is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences. Whilst not the topic of the PhD, David is interested in social responses to HIV/AIDS. David is conducting research with Dr. Larissa Sandy (RMIT University) into cases of intentional or reckless exposure or infection to HIV/AIDS. Currently they are investigating and critiquing the administrative and criminal legal responses to such cases (known generally as “HIV criminalisation”), specifically under Victoria’s (Australia) public health laws. David is also interested in the social use of anti-retroviral medication as a preventative tool to HIV (also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or “PrEP”), and the production of supporting scientific medical knowledge.

Mary Walker’s research interests include bioethics, personal identity, and philosophical contributions to thinking about health and health policy. In her current role she researches ethical issues related to advanced medical devices. Previously, she has worked on overdiagnosis, the epistemology of surgery, regulation of therapeutic goods, addiction, and narrative identity.

Narelle Warren is Lecturer in Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Her research is concerned with understanding the relationship between the lived experience of neurological conditions (particularly stroke, Parkinson’s disease, MND and dementia), biomedical representations of the brain, and temporality from the perspectives of people living with such conditions and their informal carers. She also looks at the role of technologies in people’s experience of living with chronic conditions.

Christiane Weller is a Senior Lecturer in German Studies, Monash University. Her research interests include psychoanalytic theory, travel and expedition reports, colonial writing, and contemporary fiction. Her current research focuses on the topic of psychosis and writing. She is a co-editor of Limbus: Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies.

Dr Louisa Willoughby is a linguist who works on issues of access and communication for minority language speakers in education, health and disability settings. She has conducted research into interpreted medical discourse, the situation and needs of deaf people from migrant backgrounds and is currently lead CI on an ARC Discovery Project exploring Tactile Auslan – the sign language of Deafblind Australians.

Associate Professor Andrea Whittaker is an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research spans the disciplines of anthropology, international public health, Asian studies and gender studies.