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Dr Annabel Taylor

Director

Dr Taylor joined QCDFVR in late 2014. Prior to this she was based at the University of Canterbury and between 2009 and 2014 held the position of Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre where she designed and led a number of research projects commissioned by the community and government sectors. Two recent NZ national studies she has been involved with were an extensive literature review for the Glenn Inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse and an investigation of how services reach marginalised and so called ‘hard to reach’ populations. She has been a Ministerial appointee to the Canterbury Benefit Review Committee and has helped to establish and support community agencies providing services in child abuse prevention and support for women on release from prison. She has been an evaluation research consultant in domestic violence services, child abuse prevention services and alternative justice initiatives.

In 2013 she was a Galpin Fellowship recipient and undertook research based in Connecticut in the US on alternative justice and domestic and family violence. She has published widely and co-edited a book in 2013 “Understanding Violence: Context and Practice in the Human Services” which has become a key resource for practitioners in the field and students in a variety of university-based learning. Since becoming Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Dr Taylor has completed a national report on judicial education and domestic violence, on enforcement of protection orders in Australia and is heading a research team evaluating the DFV integrated response trials in Queensland. Annabel has been a pioneer in introducing extensive domestic and family violence education and training options at both Higher Education and VET levels in partnership with CQUniversity.

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Dr Heather Lovatt

Senior Research Officer

Heather joined QCDFVR in 2014 before a short departure to complete her PhD ‘Unravelling foster care and finding family support’. Heather returned as Senior Research Officer late 2015 and led a qualitative study with victim/survivors of domestic violence who had experienced cross-border domestic violence protection orders. The study was part of the national research agenda and commissioned by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded by the Queensland Government. Heather is now focusing on applied research projects with the Queensland community sector responding to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ recommendations with funding provided by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Heather’s undergraduate degree is in Community Work and she has a history in working with community services in the government and non-government sectors in Queensland. Heather has held a diverse range of positions across practice, program, policy and research focused primarily on service responses particularly relating to child protection, foster care, family support and violence against women.

Dr Liane McDermott

Senior Research Officer

Liane McDermott has a PhD in population health and re-joined QCDFVR in June (2016)- some Re@der readers will recall Liane’s name from her 2009 work with the Centre. Liane has worked for a number of years as a researcher in population health, with a focus on health behaviour change in communities at a local level. As well, throughout her research career, Liane has taught health behaviour and health promotion courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and co-supervised Masters and PhD students. With a professional background in community development, Liane has a broad range of experience in community engagement and consultation, and in the development and evaluation of services and resources that best meet community and service provider needs. Liane’s research role in the Centre will include evaluating the training provided by the Queensland Police Service to its staff in relation to domestic and family violence.

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Dr Silke Meyer

Lecturer

Silke has a PhD and Masters in Criminology and an undergraduate degree (Honours) in Social Work. She moved to Brisbane from Bremen, Germany in 2006 to examine the help-seeking decisions of female victims of intimate partner violence for her PhD research at Griffith University. After completion of her PhD, she worked in the Policing and Security Research Program at the Institute for Social Science Research (UQ) before being awarded a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Silke’s postdoctoral research examined regional and cultural differences in women and children’s experiences of domestic and family violence and related housing instabilities, and she has further conducted research on men’s compliance with Domestic Violence Orders and the role of fatherhood identity in perpetrator interventions.

Silke has also been a chief investigator on a number of program evaluations, including the evaluation of an integrated response to domestic and family violence for the Queensland Police Service and Department of Communities, the evaluation of a police-led multi-agency response to young people at risk for the Queensland Police Service and a national evaluation of the Respectful Relationships program for the Department of Social Services.

Throughout her research appointments, Silke has taught into the curriculum of the School of Social Science at UQ and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Prior to her career in research and teaching, she worked as a social worker with victims of domestic and family violence, vulnerable families and young people at risk. Silke is passionate about victims’ and children’s wellbeing and advocacy for holistic community responses to domestic and family violence.

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Dr Andrew Frost

Lecturer

Andrew has been involved in the human services field for about 30 years, working and researching in offender rehabilitation since 1993. At Kia Marama, a prison-based programme for sexual offenders with the New Zealand Department of Corrections, he was involved in the provision and supervision of group therapy, and the establishment of a forensic therapeutic community. These areas remain central to his research interests.

Prior to his CQUniversity appointment Andrew was a senior lecturer in Human Services and Social Work at the University of Canterbury, the Director of Te Awatea Violence Research Centre and program coordinator for the Bachelor of Social work program.

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Dr Marika Guggisberg

Lecturer

Dr Guggisberg joined CQU in February 2017. Prior to this appointment, she was based at Curtin University in Perth where she completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship and stayed on for seven years, continuing her research and teaching into the postgraduate health sciences program. She has an undergraduate degree (Honours) in Psychology and a Masters in Criminology. Dr Guggisberg received her PhD from The University of Western Australia for her investigation of the interrelationship between intimate partner violence victimisation, mental health impacts and health risk behaviours as a way of coping. She is known for her research on sensitive topics such as sexual victimisation of women and children in the context of family violence. Her work has included co-editing and co-writing several books and numerous peer-reviewed articles and reports as well as being an examiner of research dissertations and a reviewer of manuscripts for numerous academic journals. She is interested in emerging forms of intimate partner violence such as the role of technology-facilitated abuse. Her longstanding interest is in research that can be translated into action in an attempt to break the intergenerational cycle of family violence.

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Dr Nicola Cheyne

Research Officer

Nicola Cheyne joined the Centre in mid-May and has quickly become ensconced in research around integrated responses to domestic violence and police education about domestic violence. Nicola has recently been advised of the conferral of her Doctor of Philosophy Degree- congratulations Dr Cheyne! Her previous research has included stalking victimisation and reductions in culpability for homicide due to the use of the provocation defence. She is looking forward to working on research projects with the team within the Centre and to expanding her research experience in the area of domestic and family violence.

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Colleen Gunning

Education Officer

Colleen Gunning joined the QCDFVR in December 2013 as part of a career in the education and health sectors. Colleen has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary education settings, and on a range of public health issues, including mental health promotion, alcohol and other drugs and injury prevention. She has post-graduate qualifications in Education and Health Science (Public Health).

Colleen’s role as Education Officer requires her to co-ordinate the annual Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum and the Centre’s other professional development opportunities. Colleen works with the team to develop the Quarterly Reader and other resources.

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Judy Pidcock

VET Teacher

Judy Pidcock has been teaching in the Vocational educational training space for over twenty years.

As well as teaching Judy has worked extensively in the Community Services area. Judy’s career has involved working in the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence and youth work specifically with young women in the Youth Work area.

Judy has a passion for training in the Community Services Area, and regularly works in industry to keep up-to-date with current trends. Judy particularly likes working with students to develop a professional framework which assists them in linking theory with best practice.

Judy has lived in both Urban and Rural areas and understand the needs of both these communities.

Patrice Zarzecki

Contract Resource Officer

We welcome Patrice Zarzecki who has come on board with CQU as a Contract Resource Officer for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Patrice will be procuring and managing contracts between QCDFVR and various stakeholders in the areas of education, research and sector development. Patrice has come most recently from Queensland State Government where she worked in the area of Procurement and Contract Management, procuring and managing services provided by state government funded organisations. Patrice has previously worked for the State Government developing and implementing costing tools used in the procurement of services with non-government organisations having facilitated training on these tools throughout Queensland. Patrice is a Mackay local and has returned after a number of years in South East Queensland where she attained her degree in International Business with an International Business Economics major through Griffith University. Patrice was also a member of the National College of Business on the Gold Coast for a number of years, running her own small business whilst mentoring other Gold Coast small business owners on continual improvement practices. Patrice also has a passion for health and wellbeing for women and is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, having studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition based in New York. Patrice coaches women on the importance of self care and building healthy relationships with oneself, food, friends and family, physical activity and spirituality by providing the appropriate tools, education and ongoing support to build a healthy lifestyle from the ground up and maintain healthy lifestyle changes in the long run.

Petrina Frankham

Multimedia Resource Officer

Petrina brings event coordination and marketing skills to complement her multimedia role at QCDFVR.  She has degrees in Psychology and Guidance and Counselling and in her spare time she volunteers as a suicide and crisis support worker. She has developed and maintains a user friendly QCDFVR website that is accessible by a broad audience, co-ordinates the Centre’s social media accounts and designs the QCDFVR’s promotional materials.

Lauren Pattie

Project Support Officer

Lauren started with the Centre in December 2011 as Administration Officer, after relocating to Mackay from Brisbane. Graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelors degree in Leisure Management, Lauren has an interest and passion for people and the community and thus focused her studies on Community Development.

Lauren has worked for a Non- Government Organisation within the North Burnett where she worked alongside crisis intervention services such as Domestic and Family Violence, Lifeline, and Mental Health. This experience has given her an inherent interest for the theory, policy and practice behind such services.

Lauren hopes that by providing an efficient and organised office support to her fellow staff, she will be assisting in the progress for bigger and better things in the Domestic and Family Violence Sector.

Margaret Roche

Administration Officer

Margaret started with the Centre in October 2016 as a part time Administration Officer.

Margaret has worked in a number of administrative roles at Mackay Regional Council. More recently, her career has been in the media, working for the Seven Network and Bright Light Marketing.

Margaret is studying accounting through CQ University.

Her role at the Centre is to provide administrative support to the Centre’s staff.