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Associate Professor Susan Rees

Dr Susan Rees is an Associate Professor working in Psychiatry, with a public health, behavioural science and social policy background. Her research focus is refugee mental health, gender, human rights and gender-based violence. In 2009 she came to UNSW as an ARC QE11 Research Fellow, and brought with her research interests with West Papuan refugees, East Timorese refugees (her PhD focus), gender and mental health, and gendered forms of violence in refugee populations. She has worked as a practitioner in the domestic violence sector, as well as in policy positions related to women’s health and service development. She was technical advisor and an invited expert panel member on the Australian National Survey of Community Attitudes to Violence against Women, and she was invited to contribute a “think piece” to inform Australian’s National Policy to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children. She has an interest in supervising Indigenous students to complete research higher degrees. Currently she leads a cohort study with women and children affected by trauma in Timor-Leste (International Journal of Epidemiology 2017; Nature Translational Psychiatry 2016); an NHMRC-funded Australian-based cohort study of 1335 refugee and Australian born women; and a Men’s parenting intervention being conducted in 5 North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (American Journal of Men’s Health, 2017). Susan has over 100 publications, and her total research income is over $4,800,000.

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