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Professor Judith Atkinson

Judy-Atkinson-PortraitEmeritus Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.

She holds a BA from the University of Canberra, and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University course, Program for Refugee Trauma – Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery. Her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the We Al-li program which was used as a foundation stone for the Masters in Indigenous Studies (wellbeing); the undergraduate degree Trauma and Healing, and the Diploma of Community Recovery. Her book: Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, provides context to the life stories of people who have moved/been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people make connections with each other and share their stories of healing.

Judy retired from Academia at the end of 2010, and founded the We Al-li business, which has allowed her to focus on writing and working with communities in Australia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea, with a special focus on educational – healing work, what she calls educaring. 

In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlich Memorial award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University Program for Refugee Trauma.

She is a member of the Harvard Global Mental Health Scientific Research Alliance.

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