Anna Chur-Hansen

Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

Head of School

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Health Psychology. I hold a PhD in Medical Education, which I completed in the Discipline of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, where I was on staff from 1987 to 2013. As well as a focus on research in best practice education for health professionals, my research interests are broadly around food and eating; sex and relationships; physical pain; and death and dying. I am also interested in companion animals and their impact on human health (psychological, social and physical). Much of my research and teaching is around a biopsychosociocultural framework, and I use qualitative methods (as well as quantitative and mixed methods).

Companion animals and human health is an area of research focus
Companion animals and their influence on human health is a focus of research interest

 

Title: Work and SCI: an online course to enhance vocational outcomes following spinal cord injury
Start date: 1 December 2016 End date: 1 December 2017
Funding scheme: ORG97741: auDA Foundation Grant
Investigators: Dorstyn D, Roberts R, Stewart P, Marshall R, Clark J, Murphy G, Chur-Hansen A, Craig A
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 22,280

Title: Development and preliminary trial of an online vocational program for Australian adults with spinal cord injury
Start date: 13 October 2015 End date: 1 February 2017
Funding scheme: ORG122011: Lifetime Support Authority Research Grants
Investigators: Dorstyn D, Roberts R, Chur-Hansen A, Stewart P, Murphy G, Marshall R, Clarke J, Craig A
Progress Status: Established
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 61,000

Title: Assessing the utility of an online adaptive learning tool in a large undergraduate program
Start date: 4 December 2014 End date: 2 March 2016
Funding scheme: ORG115671: Office for Learning and Teaching - OLT Grants
Funder name: Office for Learning and Teaching
Investigators: Dry M, Due C, Chur-Hansen A, Burns N
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 22,000

Title: The Medici Project: developing a multi-disciplinary, sustainable resource for blended learning initiatives in tertiary medical education
Start date: 1 May 2009 End date: 20 May 2011
Funding scheme: ORG10341C: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)
Investigators: Devitt P, Palmer E, Chur-Hansen A, Crabb S
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 240,900

I currently teach into the School of Psychology curriculum at undergraduate level (primarily qualitative research methods) and postgraduate level (evidence based practice).  I supervise clinical health psychology and health promotion placements in the Masters of Psychology (Health), and I supervise graduates seeking Endorsement in Health Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia.  I am the co-ordinator of Research Project I & II (Master of Psychology, Health). In 2019 I am teaching into Masters (Evidence Based Practice, Interviewing and Interventions), as well as into the undergraduate psychology courses Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges and Foundations of Health and Lifespan Development, and Honours Psychology Research Methods and Statistics.  I also contribute to teaching in the School of Public Health (Introduction to Counselling Theory and Practice) and the Elder Conservatorium (Music, Health and Wellbeing).

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Can bringing women together serve as a tool for reducing postpartum and early parenting stress and isolation and increase wellbeing? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tiffany Lee De Sousa Machado
    2019 Co-Supervisor Death as Theatre (Dramaturgy) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Annamaria Fratini
    2018 Principal Supervisor An Investigation of Individual, Organisational and Cultural Factors that Facilitate and Impede Women's Career Progression in Corporate Australia Doctor of Philosophy with Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Doctorate Full Time Mrs Anna Campbell Gardiner
    2018 Co-Supervisor Deafness Identity and parent choice: How does history and politics impact parents choices for deaf children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Claire Elizabeth Harris
    2018 Principal Supervisor Evaluating Evidence Based Digital Methods for the Assessment of Psychology Graduate Competencies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Samantha Jane Newell
    2018 Principal Supervisor Applying Behaviour Change Theory and Techniques to Improve Interventions for the Psychological Well-Being of Carers of people with Motor Neurone Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Paul Cafarella
    2017 Principal Supervisor Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression in the elderly: Psychiatrists perspectives of best practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Rebecca Thomas
    2017 Principal Supervisor Interprofessional Learning Between Pharmacy and Medicine and Impact on Professional Identity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Josephine Suzanne Thomas
    2016 Principal Supervisor Sexual Health in the Mental Health Care setting: Experiences and Perceptions of
    Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Mental Health Nurses
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kristi Lauren Urry
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Rural and Remote Psychological Service Delivery: Perceptions of Rural Psychologists, General Practitioners, and Community Members Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Mrs Carly Rose Stagg
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The Eating-related Behaviours, Expectations, and Experiences of Individuals Before and After Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Melissa Jo Opozda
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Psychiatric Inpatient Care for Children and Adolescents: Consumer Perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Gigetta Maria Luigia Salamone-Violi
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Resilience, Complete Mental Health and Academic Achievement in Traditional and Non-Traditional Students Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Ms Ethel Chung
    2009 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Potential Futures: An Ethnography of a Familial Cancer Counselling and Genetic Testing Unit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Amaya Gilson
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor On Dealing with Death and Dying: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Surgeons, Oncologists, Intensive Care and Palliative Medicine Specialists Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sofia Carolina Zambrano Ramos
    2009 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Canines Utilised for Therapeutic Purposes in the Physical and Social Health of Older People in Long Term Care Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Cindy Stern
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Medical Concepts of Depression in the Palliative Care Setting: Perspectives from Palliative Medicine Specialists and Psychiatrists Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Felicity Ng
    2008 - 2009 Co-Supervisor An Analysis of Cosmetic Surgery Accounts and a Proposed Counselling Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rebecca Gooden
    2008 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Mothering and Mental Illness: An Ethnography of Attachment in an Institutional Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sonia Masciantonio
    2008 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Experience of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and NICU Supportive Interventions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Melanie Suzanne Turner
    2007 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Exploring the Fit between the Perceived Mental Health Needs of Resettling Refugees and Current Health Service Responses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Savic
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Psychologists' job satisfaction and the NDIS University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Sanara Gunawardena
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Hairdressers as a source of social support University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Part Time Stacey Page
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Do 3 and 4 year psychology graduates meet employers' needs? University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Connie Tran
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Adult separation anxiety and companion animals University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Elisha Dowsett
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Lay understandings of the mind-brain-gut axis University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Angie Bon
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Friend or food? A qualitative study of chicken owners' perceptions of chickens and chicken meat. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Luke Macauley
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Cognitive processes and meat eating University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Stefanie Distasio
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Umbrella review of interventions for death anxiety. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Marissa Menezes
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Cultural perspectives of death and dying in Chinese people: A qualitative study for cultural competency University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Gregory Low Wei Liang
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Prostate cancer and sexual health University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Andi Tran
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Psychologists' experiences and suggestions regarding online resources for chronic pain University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Kate McKinlay
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A narrative review of qualitative studies on the use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for anxiety and depression in the elderly Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists RANZCP Fellowship Scholarly Project Other Full Time Dr Rebecca Thomas
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Cognitive processes and meat eating University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Nikki van der Velde
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Gay men, companion animals, and masculine identity University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Gustavo Garcia
    2017 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Grief and loss on the death of a child University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Jodie Oliver-Baxter
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The mental and physical health of Honours Psychology students in Australia University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Tim Jarrad
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Sexual health experiences of older men from the perspective of health professionals University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Andi Tran
    2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Cognitive processes and meat eating University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Elisha Dowsett
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor First time fathers and their experiences and understanding of post natal depression University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Tiffany De Sousa Machado
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Psychiatrists’ views on the human-animal bond and its relevance to old age mental health/illness Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Advanced Training Psychiatry of Old Age dissertation Other Full Time Dr Cheryl Lee
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Exploring the psychological impact of dialysis University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Emily Duncanson
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Clinicians' perceptions about teaching clinical reasoning to medical students University of Adelaide MBBS Other Full Time Lachlan Angus
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) of psychologists working with persons with vision impairment University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Youngblood Simeon Bobo Roche
    2014 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Supporting bereaved clients of companion animals: The impact of compassion fatigue on veterinarians' physical and psychological health University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Marie Dow
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Self-reported symptoms, illness anxiety and risk perception related to mobile phone use University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Amanda Salha
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Attitudes toward combining psychological, mind-body therapies and nutritional approaches for the enhancement of mood University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Taryn Lores
    2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Professional skills and personal characteristics for psychologists working in an urban Australian context with Indigenous clients. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Joanne O'Connor
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Is death our business? Philosophical conflicts over the end-of-life in old age psychiatry. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Advanced Training Psychiatry of Old Age Other Part Time Dr Duncan McKellar
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) of rural and remote psychologists University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Carly Rose Sutherland (Stagg)
    2011 - 2011 Principal Supervisor A program to reduce the incidence of companion animal attacks on children: Community knowledge and delivery in practice. University of Adelaide Psychiatry Honours Full Time Alicia Jenkins
    2011 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Perceptions of personal weight status as a determinant of quality of life. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Jane Armstrong
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Prevalence and risk factors for body image dissatisfaction in a community-based study of middle-aged to elderly men. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Melissa Osborn
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs on physical symptoms and psychological distress in fibromyalgia patients: a systematic review. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Miriam Henke
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Patient expectations of gastrointestinal surgery and perceptions of the preoperative visit. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Branka Radovanovic
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Assuming control: participant perceptions of a nine week course for survivors of acquired brain injury. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Vicki Penglis
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor A critical exploration of the potential relevance of health psychology in community residential care. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Lauren Moulds
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Mental health and occupational stress in animal welfare (rescue shelter) staff and volunteers: Work environment, social supports and attachment relationships with companion animals as mediators for mental ill health. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Part Time Robyn Fromene
    2010 - 2012 Co-Supervisor A pilot study of the acceptability of "The Chronic Illness Game" as a therapeutic tool for use with children. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Dr Marijeta Kurtin
    2010 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The role of social support in the body image of burn survivors. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Kellie Hodder
    2009 - 2010 Principal Supervisor A longitudinal qualitative pilot study examining guide dog puppy educators' physical and psychological health. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Lucy-Kate Werner
    2009 - 2010 Principal Supervisor An exploration of the mental health implications of human attachment to companion animals. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Jasmin Peacock
    2008 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Patient perceptions of and experiences with Inflammatory Myositis: A novel measure based on a South Australian cohort. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Colleen Ortega
    2008 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Computers and medical practice: Examining communications in rheumatology consultations where desktop computers are used for record management. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Anna Booth
    2008 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Accounts of academic staff and Chinese students in relation to the effect of the acculturation process and intercultural mixing between local and international students at the University of Adelaide University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Edgar Lee Chi Sang
    2008 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Psychologists' knowledge of and attitudes toward animal assisted therapy. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Anne Black
    2008 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Psychological theories of perceptions of obesity in self and others. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Jade Keightley (Gooding)
    2008 - 2009 Principal Supervisor A qualitative investigation of the effects of memantine on level of functioning in persons with acquired brain injury: Patient and family perspectives. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Bethany Smith
    2006 - 2007 Principal Supervisor A thematic analysis on the psychological impact on clinicians working with suicidal clients. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Deidre O'Dea
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Hospital pharmacy staff perceptions and experiences of some prominent patient safety interventions: The ideology versus reality University of South Australia Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy Doctorate Full Time Sin Yan (Shirley) Chui
    2005 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Preferences for male and female mental health care professionals: The roles of transference, gender, age, mental health problem and previous mental health care experience. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Melanie Traeger
    2005 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Emotive responses to food - a quantitative and qualitative exploration. James Cook University MBBS Other Full Time Caroline McNamara
    2002 - 2002 Co-Supervisor Final year medical students' attitudes towards psychology and psychologists. University of Adelaide Psychology Honours Full Time Nhi Y. Nguyen
    2001 - 2003 Principal Supervisor Collingwood College Kitchen Garden University of Adelaide Master of Arts in Gastronomy Master Part Time Kay Richardson
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Treasurer College of Health Psychologists State Branch Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Organising Committee, Australian Animal Studies Conference
    2016 - ongoing Member Organising Committee, Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators Annual Conference
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2012 - ongoing Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Psychology Board of Australia Health services and related Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2008 - ongoing Associate Editor Focus on Health Professional Education
  • Position: Head of School
  • Phone: 83135738
  • Email: anna.churhansen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 13
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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