How long have you worked at UOW?
It’s been 20 years in June 2019.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am a research and teaching academic, with particular interests in internationalisation and research innovation. I’m also the co-academic program director for UOW’s offshore degree offering in Singapore.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Even after more than 20 years, I still really love teaching. I value the opportunity to share my understanding and passion for my area of study, and aim to spark student’s interest and get them to engage deeply with the content. I also love doing research that has a strong applied focus, and working closely with my collaborators from Peking University and Zhejiang Normal University in China.
What’s the most challenging?
Obtaining funding to support my research interests.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Being awarded inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Awards in two areas; Outstanding Achievement in Research Commercialisation (2013) and Global Strategy (2018).
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
My research collaborators and I are working an assessment tool that measures brain activity, executive functions, sleep patterns, quality of life, psychological needs satisfaction, and behaviour in children aged 6-12 years. We are currently endeavoring to establish large-scale database normative and clinical (mainly ADHD) databases, generating data to answer a wide-range of research questions.
The tool is designed to be used as a screening tool ahead of more comprehensive assessment for children suspected of having AD/HD, and also for use in clinics by psychologists to assess a range of important factors that influence behaviour, to inform treatment decisions (by comparing an individual’s data to the database), and to monitor treatment progress and outcomes (by comparing an individual’s data at multiple time points).
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Not sure if it’s my fondest memory, but I will always remember the moment I received notice that I would be promoted to Professor!
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I’m a fully-qualified (but not currently licensed) carpenter.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Wollongong, NSW, Australia. I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful and relatively uncrowded city.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
I would love to take my family to Scotland – where my father and his family were from.