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Teaching and Learning, and Research Successes

  • Dr Fenella Gill has received funding from Intensive Care Foundation and the PMH Foundation for The Partner Project – a parent initiated response to escalate care of the deteriorating child with funding of $96,000.
  • Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani (CIA) has been awarded a Healthway grant for the project Promoting walking, less sitting and better mental health in older adults’. The grant is worth $252,421. Other CI’s include Nikos Ntoumanis, Keith Hill, Elissa Burton, Estee Cerin (Deakin University) and Stuart Biddle (Victoria University).
  • Congratulations to Lynne Roberts (co-investigators are Joel Howell and Kelly Prandl)  for winning a Teaching Excellence Development Fund for their project titled Student and teaching staff perceptions of ‘big data’: Informing the development and implementation of learning analytics at Curtin University funded amount being $ 19,973.
  • Congratulations to Mara Blosfelds, also a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Development Fund for 2016 for her project titled Developing a consensus on academic misconduct: A framework to assist with the interpretation of Turnitin Reports with a funded amount of $ 15,369.
  • Nikos Ntoumanis has  been involved in two successful grant applications funded by the International Olympic Committee. The first project titled An Intervention to Optimize Motivational Climates and Prevent Current and Future Willingness to Dope in Adolescent Sport: A Cross-Cultural Project receives funding of approximately $385,000. The second project (Eleanor Quested is co-investigator) is titled The Effectiveness of the Play Clean Group Based and the Mobile Application (iPlayClean) Anti-Doping Education Programs for High-Level Adolescent Athletes and their Entourage: A Randomized Control Trial. It is a 3-year project and funding is approximately $262,000.
  • Congratulations to Mark Boyes, Suze Leitao, Mary Claessen and Peta Dzidic from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology for their project titled Evaluation of the United Way Community Programs with funding being approximately $20,000. The project is funded by United Way Western Australia and Community Link and Network Midland (CLAN-Midland).
  • Trevor Mazzucchelli was awarded a Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning) for applying expertise in the area of clinical child psychology to facilitate and inspire clinical psychology trainees’ evidence-based practice and practice-based research. Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli has transformed the teaching of clinical child psychology and child psychotherapy by applying his expertise of the area to carefully design curricula, resources, and engaging learning experiences and assessment tasks.  In doing so he has facilitated and inspired clinical psychology trainees to develop competencies to assess and intervene with children and their families based on contemporary evidence-based theories and treatments, as well as undertake high-quality clinical research.
  • Sarah Egan has been awarded $20,000 by the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation for An investigation of mindfulness based cognitive therapy to improve anxiety and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease.


  • Deb Kerr (CIA), Christina Pollard, Jonine Jancey, Jane Scott, Satvinder Dhaliwal and Richard Norman from the School of Public Health received Healthway funding of $419, 694 for their study Computer-tailoring to change overweight adults diet and physical activity.
  • Dr Hani Al-Salami is a Project Partner on a successful Horizon 2020 Project. Horizon 2020 ( is a multi-faceted, 7-year EU Research and Innovation programme (2014 to 2020). The project is in the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) program. This multinational project, led by Dr Goran Stojanović (University of Novi Sad, Serbia), also comprises researchers in France, Germany and Thailand. The €283,500- project is on “Cost-effective microfluidic electronic devices for optimal drug administration based on fractional pharmacokinetics for leukemia treatments”. also comprises researchers in France, Germany and Thailand. The €283,500- project is on “Cost-effective microfluidic electronic devices for optimal drug administration based on fractional pharmacokinetics for leukemia treatments”.
  • Dr Georgia Halkett has been successful in a Cancer Council Grant titled Confidence to Care: A multi-state randomised controlled trial of structured nurse-led home-based support and education for carers of people with high grade glioma  This grant will be funded by Cancer Australia for three years to a total of $535,789.