KEYNOTE PRESENTERS

Confirmed

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Senior Research Fellow Black Dog Institute

A/Prof Maree Toomba, Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School University of Queensland

Ms Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist Digital Nutrition and University of Sydney

Prof Christel Middledorp, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CYMHS Queensland Health

Prof John Toumbourou, Chair In Health Psychology, Deakin University

Ms Christine Morgan, CEO National Mental Health Commission

Dr Justin Coulson, Founder, Happy Families

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Senior Research Fellow Black Dog Institute

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute.

Dr Werner-Seidler’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety in young people, the implementation of psychological therapies in schools, the use of e-health technology to improve the reach and uptake of interventions and the role of poor sleep in mental illness.

She completed her Masters and PhD at UNSW (2012) before undertaking postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. She took up her role at the Black Dog Institute in 2014.

Ms Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist Digital Nutrition and University of Sydney

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based psychologist with 16 years’ experience in public schools as both a teacher and counsellor.

She created Digital Nutrition in 2013 as a positive framework for addressing digital wellbeing issues and our love-hate relationship with technology. Jocelyn is part of Australia’s first formal cyber-psychology research group at the University of Sydney where is completing Masters research on the relationship between parenting styles and young people’s smartphone habits.

A/Prof Maree Toombs, Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School University of Queensland

Associate Professor Toombs is a proud a Kamilaroi/Kooma woman from north-western New South Wales and is the Associate Dean Indigenous Engagement at the Faculty of Medicine, UQ.  Associate Professor Toombs is recognised nationally and internationally for her work in Indigenous health perspectives in medicine and her research efforts devoted to improving mental health and wellbeing for Indigenous Australians, in particular managing chronic physical illness and mental health including suicide intervention.

Associate Professor Tombs’ has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of her research excellence, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, a Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholarship (current), Outstanding Alumni of the year and Outstanding Indigenous engagement Alumni of the year (2015 University of Southern Queensland) and a Churchill Fellowship (2014). Associate Professor Toombs is the co-author of ‘Indigenous Australians and Health’ published by Oxford Press.

Professor John Toumbourou, Chair In Health Psychology, Deakin University

Professor Toumbourou is based at Deakin University. He is the Chair in Health Psychology within the School of Psychology and the Co-Leader in Translation Sciences within the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED: www.deakin.edu.au/seed).

As part of his Deakin roles he serves as a voluntary Director of the not for profit company Communities That Care Ltd (www.communitiesthatcare.org.au). He is a prominent researcher and social advocate in areas related to child and adolescent mental health promotion and the prevention of alcohol and drug problems.

Dr Justin Coulson, Founder, Happy Families

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’. Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.

Dr Coulson has written 5 books, and is a three-time bestselling author. He is an occasional columnist for the New York Times and appears regularly in all of Australia’s major news outlets for television, radio, and print. He’s a TEDx speaker and has worked with many of Australia’s biggest brands including the Commonwealth Bank, Intel Security, ANZ, IHG, and many, many more. He has also served as a consultant to the Australian Government’s Raising Children Network, and the Office of the e-Safety Commissioner, Life Education and others.

Justin not only brings credibility and experience. He is at the coalface of family life. He and his wife Kylie are the parents of six daughters, all of whom have successfully mastered sleeping all night in their own beds, using the bathroom unassisted, eating most of the food on their plates most of the time, and always speaking kindly to one another no matter the circumstances. (Well, maybe there’s still some work to do on that last one.) Justin and his family live in Brisbane, Queensland.