I am a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate within The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Public Health (SPH). My work involves the use of mixed-methodologies and community-based participatory research to address the mental health needs of communities – with a specialist focus on LGBTQIA+ issues. My PhD focuses on the co-design and implementation considerations of a web-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) program for the LGBTQIA+ community. In recognition of my work with the LGBTQIA+ community I was awarded the UQ Ally Award in 2022. I am also involved in a variety of projects exploring gender-affirming hormone therapy, syphilis in pregnancy, access to PrEP in young people, mental health of university students, digital interventions for neurodivergent people, and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.

Outside of research I frequently provide lectures across Public Health courses and have previously course-coordinated and lectured subjects in the School of Psychology. I am also the co-chair of the SPH HDR Committee and am involved in other UQ committees such as the UQ Ally Action Committee. I am also a member of the Queensland Government’s advisory panel on LGBTQIA+ issues and am working to develop Queensland’s LGBTQIA+ strategy. Prior to this role I worked for Lady Gaga on her Born This Way Foundation Youth Advisory Board. I also supervise undergraduate and post-graduate students on a variety of research topics.

Thesis title: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of The Effectiveness and Implementation Considerations for a Digital, Self-Guided, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Program For LGBTQIA+ Individuals