Researcher biography

Dr Judith Dean, a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 25-year clinical and research experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and other BBV, is a Senior Research Fellow within the STI, HIV, and other BBV Research Hub at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Prior to joining UQ as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015, Judith held a joint appointment for 14 years between Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery where she held the title of Griffith Graduate Sexual Health Program Convenor and Queensland Health whereas the State Nurse Educator for Queensland Sexual Health and HIV Services she was responsible for state-wide coordination and development of clinical practice standards and professional development programs for specialist advanced practice nurses working in sexual health and HIV.

Judith has extensive educational and clinical expertise in sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and women's health in a diverse range of national and international environments. Before moving into sexual health and HIV education and research, she worked clinically as a midwife and in health service development and management in a range of locations in Australia and overseas . This includes over 5 years experience working in the Northern Territory as a Midwife and remote area nurse along with two years with International Committee of Red Cross in settings such as South Sudan and Afghanistan developing midwifery training programs and models of care for women and their familes experiencing conflict and displacement.

Her research focuses on priority 'at risk' populations using mixed methods and longitudinal qualitative community-based participatory approaches. She is currently leading projects exploring innovative models of HIV Self-testing dissemination, access to peer-led Molecular point of care STI testing, transgender care and syphilis in pregnancy. In 2014 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy titled Sexual health knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of Queensland Sudanese communities. From 2016 to 2019, she was the co-ordinating CI on the Queensland PrEP Demonstration Monitoring and Evaluation study and is currently an investigator on projects exploring the experiences of newly diagnosed PLHIV including implementation of a Peer Navigation program and access to SRH care for gender and sexually diverse young people in Queensland. She has a strong background working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, gender and sexually diverse young people, and the LGBTIQ+ community.