Our team

Deakin University Project Team


Professor Andrew Noblet

Andrew has a PhD in Management (2002) and is a Professor in Organisational Behaviour at the Department of Management, Deakin Business School (Deakin University). He has been the Director of Research in the Department of Management for the past three years and has been a Co-Director of the Centre of Employee and Consumer Wellbeing since its launch in 2016. Andrew has made many important contributions to the job stress and employee wellbeing literature throughout his career. Much of Andrew’s recent work has focused on workplace mental health interventions. A key goal of these initiatives has been to work with all levels of the organisational hierarchy to plan, implement and evaluate strategies that can address the sources and symptoms of distress experienced by employees working in high-demand – low-resource work settings (e.g., community health care,child protection, policing, small business).

Professor George Tanewski

George graduated with a PhD from Monash University in 1995. From 1996 to 2012, George was employed in the Department of Accounting and Finance, Monash University, in various capacities. In 2012, George was appointed Chair in Accounting at Deakin University and since 2014 has been director of research in the Department of Accounting and director of the IPA-SME Research Centre, in the Deakin Business School. George has built up and focused the IPA-SME Research Centre towards undertaking rigorous enquiry on small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs) by bringing together practitioner insights with cutting-edge multi-disciplinary academic research. The SME Research Centre places considerable effort on translating robust research evidence into substantive policy development to assist the better functioning of SMEs in Australia.

Ms Carol Leow-Taylor

Carol is a registered psychologist with a master in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. She has over 14 years’ experience in the field working in both public and private sector organisations. Practical research work she has conducted whilst working in industry include the design, implementation, analyses and reporting of multiple employee engagement, leadership development, organisational culture, and workplace bullying surveys. During her time with Deakin Business School, she has contributed towards research projects involving integrated approaches to workplace mental health interventions. As an experienced organisational development and strategic HR professional, she has worked both as an internal specialist in organisations like Australia Post, Victorian State Department of Education & Training, ME Bank, HESTA; and as an external HR consultant at organisations like Evaluation Solutions and Right Management Consultants. She has a Project Management certification from the Australian Institute of Management, and combines lean and agile principles in managing projects. She is a Mental Health First Aid practitioner and accredited in the Mayer-Sallovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).

Dr Leanne Saxon

Leanne is a senior research fellow at the Deakin Business School.  She graduated with a PhD at Deakin University and completed post-doctorates at Indiana University, USA and Royal Veterinary College, UK, and completed a Master’s in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The focus of her work has evolved from osteoporosis research to now health services research.  In the UK, she developed evidence-based NICE guidelines on topics relating to cardiac disease and mental health. And recently researched at the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health on the impact of COVID-19 on health services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Sophie Bromfield

Sophie obtained a PhD in Psychology in 2020. She has a background in social and organisational psychology, having worked on research projects focusing on workplace wellbeing and influence processes in organisational contexts. She has extensive research experience and skills in mixed-methods design. Projects that she has been involved with have covered topics such as gender differences in the use of influence tactics, small business owner wellbeing, bullying and incivility interventions in workplace settings, relationship between media reports and suicidal behaviour, and stressful life events and coping in adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Professor Michael Berk

Michael Berk is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre. He also is an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at the University of Melbourne, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is past president of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and the Australasian Society for Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. Michael’s major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies, and risk factors and prevention of psychiatric disorders. 

Dr Arlene Walker

Dr Arlene Walker obtained her PhD in 2008 in the field of organisational psychology. Arlene is a Senior Lecturer and chairs several units in the postgraduate organisational psychology program at Deakin University. Over the last five years, Arlene has consolidated her research expertise in graduate transition experiences, graduate work readiness and employee wellbeing and receives regular requests to review articles for scholarly journals relating to these topics. In 2011, Arlene and colleagues developed and validated the only known measure of work readiness in an Australian context with graduates from the commerce, finance and science industries. An updated, revised version of the work readiness scale for graduates in the health sector was published in 2015. More recently Arlene has developed a new research profile in family and domestic violence (FDV), with a focus on how FDV impacts the workplace, the nature of support/resources available to victims of FDV in the workplace and victim experience accessing these supports/resources. 

Professor Tony LaMontagne

Tony’s broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and contributing to improvements in policy and practice aimed at protecting people from the harmful effects of work as well as optimising work’s health-promoting aspects. He leads a small Work, Health & Wellbeing research unit in the Centre for Population Health Research in the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University, and is also the overall Director of that Centre. He was previously an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (2011–2014).

Associate Professor Nicola Reavley

Nicola leads a research program that focuses on improving public knowledge and beliefs about mental illnesses and particularly on interventions that focus on prevention and on improving support for people with mental disorders. She is a Chief Investigator on five NHMRC-funded projects, four of which aim to improve mental health literacy in members of the public. She has also been the lead investigator on a number of projects that aim to assist workplaces to better manage mental health issues, including two Beyond Blue-funded projects.

Professor Karina Nielsen

Karina was awarded a PhD in applied psychology in 2003. Karina has more than 20 years’ experience leading major national and international organisational and individual training interventions. She has developed multiple evaluation frameworks that focus on how the processes and context influences the implementation of interventions. In recognition of her pioneering role in developing a more in-depth understanding of intervention processes, she has won multiple awards and is a frequent keynote speaker at major international conferences. Karina has developed and tested leadership training which is of particular relevance to the current project as the main target of improving outcomes are not trainees themselves but people that trainees interact with as part of their job role. This poses particular challenges for the actual transfer of learning from training to the work context and improvements for business owners. These training interventions have had positive effects on both leaders themselves and their employees.

Dr Angela Martin

Dr Angela Martin is the founder and Principal Consultant of Pracademia. She holds current part-time and honorary Professorial appointments with the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania. Angela has an academic career spanning 20 years, including positions with a number of Australian Universities, strong national and international collaborations and progression through leadership roles such as Graduate Research Co-ordinator, Discipline Leader and Associate Dean Research. She is known internationally for her research on the relationships between work and mental health and has received a national teaching award for her work on the development of psychological wellbeing management capabilities via executive education.  Having been engaged in knowledge translation, research co-production and research impact strategy development, Angela has developed insight into the processes and outcomes of knowledge mobilisation and exchange that are key to Pracademia’s mission.

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