MEET THE KT AND CCI TEAM
Professor of Mental Health
Katherine Boydell is Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute. She is also a Professor in Medicine at the University of New South Wales, an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Theatre at York University, Toronto.
Ann Dadich is an Associate Professor within the Western Sydney University School of Business and a registered psychologist. A/Prof. Dadich has expertise in health service management, notably knowledge translation. She is also the Deputy Director of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform; she chairs the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Health Management and Organisation (HMO) Conference Stream; and she convenes the ANZAM HMO Special Interest Group.
Ainslie Cahill AM
Ainslie Cahill is Leader of the Consumer and Community Involvement stream for Maridulu Budyari Gumal – Sydney Health Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). She is also a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); Chair of the NHMRC Consumer and Community Advisory Group; Member of the NHMRC Community Observers Working Committee; and member of the Department of Health Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel.
She was CEO of Arthritis Australia from 2006-18 and a Board Member of the Consumers Health Forum from 2008-14 (Deputy Chair 2009-13). Ainslie is a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division), Life Member of Arthritis Australia; and Life Member of Consumers Health Forum of Australia.
Uber Curator/Artist in Residence
Dr Barbara Doran straddles the world of the arts and academia. She is a transdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator with a specific interest in good health, wellbeing and the value of the arts in helping to work with complex systems.
For over 20 years, Dr Doran has worked as an artist, creative director in film and installation and educated in public health. She has exhibited artwork internationally and has twice been awarded the UN Bioethics and Art prize for photography. Dr Doran works in the UTS Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, where she teaches into programs including the award-winning Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation and the Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation.
PhD Scientia Scholar, KT Research Associate
Chloe Watfern is a researcher, writer, and occasional artist. With an academic background in art history and psychology, her interdisciplinary research spans the social sciences and the arts. As a research associate with the SPHERE CCI and KT Platform, Chloe has charted the development of The HIVE, a co-created art installation exploring complex health issues. In this role she has also led an arts-based research and knowledge translation project that invited carers of people with dementia to become craftivists during a series of online workshops. Her interest in co-production and co-creation was expanded during her research and development of Guidelines for Co-Producing Research with People with Disability for the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute (DIIU).
As a Scientia PhD scholar at UNSW Art & Design and The Black Dog Institute, her thesis is exploring how art works in two organisations that support artists and makers with intellectual disability. She has published on this work in academic journals including The British Journal of Learning Disabilities, literary platforms including Overland and Running Dog, and in The Conversation.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, and is currently a researcher for the KT and CCI platform. She is a researcher with a background in implicit and explicit prejudice targeting Arab Australians.
She recently coordinated the project, ‘Edge of the Present’, an immersive virtual reality experience in conjunction with The BIG Anxiety: festival of art + science + people. She is also spearheading its development in Brisbane, at the Big Reach, in 2022. Stephanie is also a researcher for the Arts-Based Knowledge Translation (AKT) Lab within the Black Dog Institute. Previously, she has also worked in the area of mental health research with refugees and asylum seekers who have survived torture and trauma, where she assisted in the development of a New Refugee Assessment Tool.
Dr. Priya Vaughan
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Priya Vaughan is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute. With a research background in social anthropology and art history, Priya takes an interdisciplinary approach to health research, drawing on arts-based and socially informed methodologies, knowledge translation strategies, and interventions.
Recent research has focused on embodied experiences of anxiety, the mental health impacts of COVID-19, and evaluation of arts-based interventions and research dissemination projects. Priya is currently working with the SPHERE KT and CCI team, as well as on an ARC funded project entitled, ‘Women Marginalised by mental health, disability, or refugee background.’ This project uses body mapping to learn from women with disability, mental distress, or refugee background about their experiences, and ways of coping with, stigma and discrimination.
Sophie Rhodes is a Fine Arts Honours student and emerging artist working predominantly in a drawing and printmaking discipline. In her practice, she aims to represent a disruption to the polarisation between science and art, which she portrays through use of scientific imagery and aesthetics.
Sophie is an experienced illustrator, having published her works in scientific literary journals, including Human Arenas, The Activist Practitioner. Additionally, Sophie is involved with international network ‘Ecos: Emerging Creative of Science’, a digital collaboration which advocates for the importance of interdisciplinary practice across art and science, with a focus on helping scientists communicate through art.