Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

Anna Chur-Hansen
Head of School
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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).

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Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

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



Date Position Institution name
2013 Head of School University of Adelaide
2008 Psychologist Private Practice

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2016 Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators
2013 Australian Psychological Society South Australian Branch Award
2011 Australian Psychological Society Distinguished Service Award
2009 Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
2007 Fellow, Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (FHERDSA)
2006 Carrick Citation University of Adelaide
2003 Stephen Cole the Elder Award University of Adelaide


Date Institution name Country Title
1998 University of Adelaide Australia PhD


Date Title Institution name Country
Endorsement in Health Psychology Psychology Board of Australia


Behavioral Science & Comparative Psychology, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Mental Health, Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis, Psychology


Date Citation
2017 sutherland,C, chur-hansen,A, winefield,H, 2017, Rural and remote general practitioners’ perceptions of psychologists, Australian Psychologist, OnlinePubl, 1-10 10.1111/ap.12295
2017 Masciantonio,S, Hemer,SR, Chur-Hansen,A, 2017, Attachment, Mothering and Mental Illness: Mother-Infant Therapy in an Institutional Context., Culture, medicine and psychiatry, - 10.1007/s11013-017-9544-9
2017 Hemer,SR, Masciantonio,S, Chur-Hansen,A, 2017, Attachment, Mothering and Mental Illness: Mother–Infant Therapy in an Institutional Context, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 1-19 10.1007/s11013-017-9544-9
2017 Dorstyn,D, Roberts,R, Murphy,G, Kneebone,I, Craig,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Migliorini,C, Potter,E, Marshall,R, Clark,J et al, 2017, Can targeted job-information for adults with spinal cord dysfunction be effectively delivered online? A pilot study, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 1-8 10.1080/10790268.2017.1321821
2017 Zambrano Ramos,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Crawford,G, 2017, Attending patient funerals: Practices and
attitudes of Australian medical practitioners, Death Studies, 41, 2, 78-86 10.1080/07481187.2016.1214631
2017 Chung,E, Turnbull,D, Chur-Hansen,A, 2017, Differences in resilience between ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ university students, Active Learning in Higher Education, 18, 1, 77-87 10.1177/1469787417693493
2016 McKellar,D, Ng,F, Chur-Hansen,A, 2016, Is death our business? Philosophical conflicts over the end-of-life in old age psychiatry, Aging and Mental Health, 20, 6, 583-593 10.1080/13607863.2015.1031636
2016 Bray,H, Zambrano,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Ankeny,R, 2016, Not appropriate dinner table conversation? Talking to children about meat production, Appetite, 100, 1-9 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.029
2016 Lores,T, Henke,M, Chur-Hansen,A, 2016, Attitudes Toward Combining Psychological, Mind-Body Therapies and Nutritional Approaches for the Enhancement of Mood, Advances in mind-body medicine, 30, 3, 19-25
2016 Ng,F, Crawford,G, Chur-Hansen,A, 2016, Treatment approaches of palliative medicine specialists for depression in the palliative care setting: findings from a qualitative, in-depth interview study, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 6, 2, 186-193 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000719
2016 Opozda,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Wittert,G, 2016, Changes in problematic and disordered eating after gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and vertical sleeve gastrectomy: a systematic review of pre-post studies, Obesity Reviews, 17, 8, 770-792 10.1111/obr.12425
2016 Linedale,E, Chur-Hansen,A, Mikocka-Walus,A, Gibson,P, Andrews,J, 2016, Uncertain diagnostic language affects further studies, endoscopies, and repeat consultations for patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 14, 12, 1735-1741.e1 10.1016/j.cgh.2016.06.030
2016 Sutherland,C, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2016, Experiences of fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out rural and remote psychologists, Australian Psychologist, OnlinePubl, 3, 1-11 10.1111/ap.12194
2016 Savic,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Mahmood,A, Moore,V, 2016, 'We don’t have to go and see a special person to solve this problem': trauma, mental health beliefs and processes for addressing 'mental health issues' among Sudanese refugees in Australia, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 62, 1, 76-83 10.1177/0020764015595664
2016 Ng,F, Crawford,G, Chur-Hansen,A, 2016, Palliative medicine specialists' causal explanations for depression in the palliative care setting: a qualitative in-depth interview study, BMJ Supportive & Palliative care, 6, 2, 178-185 10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000626
2015 Opolski,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Wittert,G, 2015, The eating-related behaviours, disorders and expectations of candidates for bariatric surgery, Clinical Obesity, 5, 4, 165-197 10.1111/cob.12104
2015 Chur-Hansen,A, Werner,L, McGuiness,C, Hazel,S, 2015, The experience of being a guide dog puppy raiser volunteer: a longitudinal qualitative collective case study, Animals, 5, 1, 1-12 10.3390/ani5010001
2015 Salamone-Violi,G, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2015, 'I don't want to be here but I feel safe': referral and admission to a child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit: the young person's perspective, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 6, 569-576 10.1111/inm.12163
2015 Ng,F, Crawford,G, Chur-Hansen,A, 2015, Depression means different things: a qualitative study of psychiatrists' conceptualization of depression in the palliative care setting, Palliative and Supportive Care, 13, 5, 1223-1230 10.1017/S1478951514001187
2015 Turner,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2015, Mothers’ experiences of the NICU and a NICU support group programme, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33, 2, 165-179 10.1080/02646838.2014.998184
2015 Due,C, Zambrano,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Turnbull,D, Niess,C, 2015, Higher degree by research in a foreign country: a thematic analysis of the experiences of international students and academic supervisors, Quality in Higher Education, 21, 1, 52-65 10.1080/13538322.2015.1032002
2015 Turner,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, Stanners,M, 2015, The assessment of parental stress and support in the neonatal intensive care unit using the Parent Stress Scale - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Women and Birth, 28, 3, 252-258 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.04.001
2015 O'Connor,J, Chur-Hansen,A, Turnbull,D, 2015, Professional skills and personal characteristics for psychologists working in an urban Australian context with Indigenous clients, Australian Psychologist, 50, 6, 464-474 10.1111/ap.12125
2014 Ng,F, Crawford,G, Chur-Hansen,A, 2014, How do palliative medicine specialists conceptualize depression? Findings from a qualitative in-depth interview study, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17, 3, 318-324 10.1089/jpm.2013.0378
2014 Crocker,K, Chur-Hansen,A, Andrews,J, 2014, Irritable bowel syndrome : Reply, Australian Family Physician, 43, 1-2, 9-9
2014 Turner,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2014, The neonatal nurses' view of their role in emotional support of parents and its complexities, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23, 21-22, 3156-3165 10.1111/jocn.12558
2014 Turnbull,DA, Chung,E, Chur-Hansen,, 2014, Who are 'non-traditional students'? A systematic review of published definitions in research on mental health of tertiary students, Educational Research and Reviews, 9, 23, 1224-1238
2014 Hamood,W, Chur-Hansen,A, McArthur,M, 2014, A qualitative study to explore communication skills in veterinary medical education, International journal of medical education, 5, 193-198 10.5116/ijme.542a.975d
2014 Sutherland,C, Chur-Hansen,A, 2014, Knowledge, skills and attitudes of rural and remote psychologists, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22, 6, 273-279 10.1111/ajr.12152
2014 Henke,M, Chur-Hansen,A, 2014, The effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs on physical symptoms and psychological distress in patients with fibromyalgia: a systematic review, International Journal of Wellbeing, 4, 1, 28-45 10.5502/ijw.v4i1.2
2014 Hodder,K, Chur-Hansen,A, Parker,A, 2014, A thematic study of the role of social support in the body image of burn survivors, Health Psychology Research, 2, 1, 1196-21-1196-24 10.4081/hpr.2014.1196
2014 Zambrano,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Crawford,G, 2014, Erratum: The experiences, coping mechanisms, and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists (Palliative and Supportive Care (2013) DOI: 10.1017/S1478951513000138), Palliative and Supportive Care, 12, 4, 341- 10.1017/S1478951513000655
2014 Chur-Hansen,A, McArthur,M, Winefield,H, Hanieh,E, Hazel,S, 2014, Animal-assisted interventions in children's hospitals: a critical review of the literature, Anthrozoos, 27, 1, 5-18 10.2752/175303714X13837396326251
2014 Crocker,K, Chur-Hansen,A, 2014, Reply., Australian family physician, 43, 1, 9-
2014 Zambrano Ramos,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Crawford,G, 2014, The experiences, coping mechanisms and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists, Palliative & Support Care, 12, 4, 309-316 10.1017/S1478951513000138
2013 Zambrano Ramos,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Crawford,G, 2013, How do surgeons experience and cope with the death and dying of their patients? A qualitative study in the context of life-limiting illnesses, World Journal of Surgery, 37, 5, 935-944 10.1007/s00268-013-1948-2
2013 Clark,Y, Chur-Hansen,A, Turnbull,D, Masciantonio,S, 2013, A qualitative study of Australian undergraduate psychology students' attitudes towards the teaching of Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology at one university, Focus on Health Professional Education, 14, 3, 31-43
2013 Chur-Hansen,A, Zambrano Ramos,S, Crawford,G, 2013, Furry and feathered family members: A critical review of their role in palliative care, The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Online, 6, 1-7 10.1177/1049909113497084
2013 Booth,A, Le Couteur,A, Chur-Hansen,A, 2013, The impact of the desktop computer on rheumatologist-patient consultations, Clinical Rheumatology, 32, 3, 391-393 10.1007/s10067-012-2140-z
2013 Ng,F, Crawford,G, Chur-Hansen,A, 2013, Palliative medicine practitioners' views on the concept of depression in the palliative care setting, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16, 8, 922-928 10.1089/jpm.2012.0502
2013 Savic,M, Chur-Hansen,A, Mahmood,M, Moore,V, 2013, Separation from family and its impact on the mental health of Sudanese refugees in Australia: A qualitative study, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37, 4, 383-388 10.1111/1753-6405.12088
2013 Pierides,K, Duggan,P, Chur-Hansen,A, Gilson,A, 2013, Medical student self-reported confidence in obstetrics and gynaecology: development of a core clinical competencies document, BMC Medical Education, 13, 1, 1-8 10.1186/1472-6920-13-62
2013 Turner,M, Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2013, The emotional experiences and supports for parents with babies in a neonatal nursery, Advances in Neonatal Care, 13, 6, 438-446 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000030
2013 Crocker,K, Chur-Hansen,A, Andrews,J, 2013, Interpersonal relationships for patients with irritable bowel syndrome: A qualitative study of gps' perceptions, Australian Family Physician, 42, 11, 805-810
2013 Stern,C, Chur-Hansen,A, 2013, Methodological considerations in designing and evaluating animal-assisted interventions, Animals, 3, 1, 127-141 10.3390/ani3010127
2012 Chur-Hansen,A, 2012, Cognitive-behavioural and other psychological techniques in the dietetic consultation: Suggestions for practice, Nutrition & Dietetics, 69, 4, 236-241 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01645.x
2012 Peacock,J, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2012, Mental Health Implications of Human Attachment to Companion Animals, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 3, 292-303 10.1002/jclp.20866
2012 Chur-Hansen,A, Devitt,P, Crabb,S, Palmer,E, De Young,N, 2012, Online, blended learning materials in psychiatry for medical students and trainees, Australasian Psychiatry, 20, 5, 445-446 10.1177/1039856212455253
2012 Zambrano Ramos,S, Chur-Hansen,A, Crawford,G, 2012, On the emotional connection of medical specialists dealing with death and dying: a qualitative study of oncologists, surgeons, intensive care specialists and palliative medicine specialists, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 2, 3, 270-275 10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000208
2011 Stern,C, 2011, The appropriateness of canine-assisted interventions (CAIs) on the health and social care of older people residing in long term care: A systematic review, JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9, 33, 1367-1392
2011 Keightley,J, Chur-Hansen,A, Princi,R, Wittert,G, 2011, Perceptions of obesity in self and others, Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 5, 4, e341-e349 10.1016/j.orcp.2011.03.013
2011 Chur-Hansen,A, 2011, Attitudes of psychiatrists in South Australia towards research degrees, Australasian Psychiatry, 19, 1, 17-21 10.3109/10398562.2010.498514
2011 Black,A, Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2011, Occupational stress in veterinary nurses: roles of the work environment and own companion animal, Anthrozoos, 24, 2, 191-202 10.2752/175303711X12998632257503
2011 Black,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2011, Australian psychologists' knowledge of and attitudes towards animal-assisted therapy, Clinical Psychologist, 15, 2, 69-77 10.1111/j.1742-9552.2011.00026.x
2011 Stern,C, 2011, The economic feasibility of canine-assisted interventions (CAIs) on the health and social care of older people residing in long term care: a systematic review, JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9, 32, 1341-1366
2011 Wilson,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Marshall,A, Air,T, 2011, Should nursing-related work experience be a prerequisite for acceptance into a nursing programme?: A study of students' reasons for withdrawing from undergraduate nursing at an Australian university, Nurse Education Today, 31, 5, 456-460 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.09.005
2011 Chur-Hansen,A, Black,A, Gierasch,A, Pletneva,A, Winefield,H, 2011, Cremation services upon the death of a companion animal: Views of service providers and service users, Society & Animals, 19, 3, 248-260 10.1163/156853011X578910
2010 Bain,E, Chur-Hansen,A, 2010, "Why has this patient presented in this manner at this time in the context of his or her life?", Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 34, 2, 17-17
2010 Ortega,C, Limaye,V, Chur-Hansen,A, 2010, Patient perceptions of and experiences with inflammatory myositis, JCR-Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 16, 7, 341-342 10.1097/RHU.0b013e3181f4e000
2010 Chur-Hansen,A, 2010, Grief and bereavement issues and the loss of a companion animal: People living with a companion animal, owners of livestock, and animal support workers, Clinical Psychologist, 14, 1, 14-21 10.1080/13284201003662800
2010 Chur-Hansen,A, Stern,C, Winefield,H, 2010, Gaps in the evidence about companion animals and human health: some suggestions for progress., International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 8, 3, 140-146 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2010.00176.x
2009 Crabb,S, Chur-Hansen,A, 2009, Qualitative research: why psychiatrists are well-placed to contribute to the literature, Australasian Psychiatry, 17, 5, 398-401 10.1080/10398560902980673
2009 Wilson,A, Donnelly,F, Chur-Hansen,A, Turnbull,D, 2009, Selection of Undergraduate Nursing Students using Structured Oral Interviews, Focus on Health Professional Education, 11, 1, 61-74
2009 Elliott,T, Bromley,T, Chur-Hansen,A, Laurence,C, 2009, Expectations and experiences associated with rural GP placements, Rural and Remote Health, 9, 4, 1264-1275
2009 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, Beckwith,M, 2009, Companion animals for elderly women: The importance of attachment, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6, 4, 281-293 10.1080/14780880802314288
2009 Galletly,C, Chur-Hansen,A, Air,T, Chapman,I, 2009, Academics of the future? A survey of final year medical students, Australasian Psychiatry, 17, 6, 502-505 10.1080/10398560903284935
2008 Winefield,H, Black,A, Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, Health Effects of Ownership of and Attachment to Companion Animals in an Older Population, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15, 4, 303-310 10.1080/10705500802365532
2008 Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, Companion animals, attachment and health in the elderly, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 43, 3-4, 481-481
2008 Chur-Hansen,A, Carr,J, Bundy,C, Sanchez-Sosa,J, Tapanya,S, Wahass,S, 2008, An international perspective on behavioral science education in medical schools, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 15, 1, 45-53 10.1007/s10880-008-9092-0
2008 Crabb,S, Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, Qualitative research in psychiatry, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42, 3, 95-95
2008 McNamara,C, Chur-Hansen,A, Hay,P, 2008, Emotional responses to food in adults with an eating disorder: A qualitative exploration, European Eating Disorders Review, 16, 2, 115-123 10.1002/erv.810
2008 Smith,B, Chur-Hansen,A, Neale,A, Symon,J, 2008, Quality of life and cholinesterase inhibitors: A qualitative study of patients with Alzheimer's Disease and their carers, Australasian Psychiatry, 16, 6, 433-437 10.1080/10398560802375990
2008 Chur-Hansen,A, Herbert,P, Caruso,J, Barrett,R, 2008, Indigenous students entering a course in the health professions: a qualitative study of their aspirations and expectations, Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 32, 5, 180-190
2008 McNamara,C, Hay,P, Katsikitis,M, Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, Emotional responses to food, body dissatisfaction and other eating disorder features in children, adolescents and young adults, Appetite, 50, 1, 102-109 10.1016/j.appet.2007.06.004
2008 Wilson,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Donnelly,F, Turnbull,D, 2008, Being an interviewer in a structured oral assessment process for selection of undergraduate nursing students: Motivations, expectations and reflections of the experience, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 14, 6, 477-485 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.00723.x
2008 Scott,L, Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, The mental health literacy of rural adolescents: Emo subculture and SMS texting, Australasian Psychiatry, 16, 5, 359-362 10.1080/10398560802027328
2008 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, Beckwith,M, 2008, Reasons given by elderly men and women for not owning a pet, and the implications for clinical practice and research, Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 8, 988-995 10.1177/1359105308097961
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, McLean,S, 2007, Supervisors' views about their trainees and supervision, Australasian Psychiatry, 15, 4, 273-275 10.1080/10398560701441695
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, McLean,S, 2007, Perceived boundaries in the psychiatry trainee-supervisor relationship, Focus on Health Professional Education, 9, 2, 47-59
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, 2007, A passionate love: The contributions of the late Professor Robert John Barrett, Monash Bioethics Review, 26, 4, 12-20 10.1007/bf03351289
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, Elliott,T, Klein,N, Howell,C, 2007, Assessment of english-language proficiency for general practitioner registrars, Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 27, 1, 36-41 10.1002/chp.92
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, McLean,S, 2007, Trainee psychiatrists' views about their supervisors and supervision, Australasian Psychiatry, 15, 4, 269-272 10.1080/10398560701441703
2007 Chur-Hansen,A, Elliott,T, 2007, Medical education and the medical workforce in Australia, Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 27, 1, 34-35 10.1002/chp.91
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, Zion,D, 2006, 'Let's fix the chemical imbalance first, and then we can work on the problems second': an exploration of ethical implications of prescribing an SSRI for 'depression', Monash Bioethics Review, 25, 1, 12-23
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, Koopowitz,L, Jureidini,J, Abhard,S, McLean,S, 2006, An interdisciplinary course for trainee psychiatrists: feedback and implications, Australasian Psychiatry, 14, 2, 186-191 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02259.x
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, Zion,D, 2006, 'Let's fix the chemical imbalance first, and then we can work on the problems second': an exploration of ethical implications of prescribing an SSRI for 'depression'., Monash bioethics review., 25, 1, 15-30 10.1007/bf03351444
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, McLean,S, 2006, Supervisor as formative assessor: a qualitative study, Focus on Health Professional Education, 8, 2, 69-81
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, Parker,D, Henneberg,M, Barrett,R, 2006, Interdisciplinary electives in the humanities for students of medicine, health sciences and psychology: suggestions and implications, Focus on Health Professional Education, 8, 2, 32-39
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, Burg,F, 2006, Working with standardised patients for teaching and learning, The Clinical Teacher, 3, 4, 220-224 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2006.00128.x
2006 Chur-Hansen,A, McLean,S, 2006, On being a supervisor: the importance of feedback and how to give it, Australasian Psychiatry, 14, 1, 67-71 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02248.x
2005 Chur-Hansen,A, Koopowitz,L, 2005, Formative feedback in teaching undergraduate psychiatry, Academic Psychiatry, 29, 1, 66-68 10.1176/appi.ap.29.1.66
2005 Chur-Hansen,A, Parker,D, 2005, Is psychiatry an art or a science? The views of psychiatrists and trainees, Australasian Psychiatry, 13, 4, 415-418 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2005.02221.x
2005 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2005, The relationship between pet ownership and physical and psychological health: Unanswered questions, AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57, 194-194
2005 Chur-Hansen,A, Taverner,R, Barrett,R, Hugo,M, 2005, Mental health nurses' and psychiatrists' views on the prognosis of schizophrenia and depression: an explanatory, qualitative investigation, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 12, 5, 607-613 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2005.00896.x
2004 Chur-Hansen,A, Koopowitz,L, 2004, The patient's voice in a problem-based learning case, Australasian Psychiatry, 12, 1, 31-35 10.1046/j.1039-8562.2003.02056.x
2004 Chur-Hansen,A, 2004, Experience of being gay, lesbian or bisexual at an Australian medical school: a qualitative study, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8, 3, 281-291 10.1080/1360311032000160607
2004 Chur-Hansen,A, Todd,E, Koopowitz,L, 2004, Description and evaluation of an up-skilling workshop for rural and remote mental health practitioners in South Australia, Australasian Psychiatry, 12, 3, 273-277 10.1111/j.1039-8562.2004.02115.x
2004 Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2004, Integrating psychologists into primary mental health care in Australia, Families, Systems, & Health, 22, 3, 294-305 10.1037/1091-7527.22.3.294
2004 West,C, Chur-Hansen,A, 2004, Ethical enculturation: the informal and hidden ethics curricula at an Australian Medical School, Focus on Health Professional Education, 6, 1, 85-99
2004 Chur-Hansen,A, 2004, Returning home to work: Malaysian students who studied medicine overseas, Medical Teacher, 26, 4, 343-348 10.1080/01421590410001679019
2003 Chur-Hansen,A, 2003, Mature-aged medical students: a qualitative study, Learning in Health and Social care, 2, 3, 159-168 10.1046/j.1473-6861.2003.00048.x
2003 Koopowitz,L, Chur-Hansen,A, Reid,S, Blashki,M, 2003, The subjective experience of patients who received electroconvulsive therapy, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37, 1, 49-54 10.1046/j.1440-1614.2003.01108.x
2002 Chur-Hansen,A, 2002, Preferences for female and male nurses: the role of age, gender and previous experience - year 2000 compared with 1984, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 37, 2, 192-198 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02079.x
2002 Chur-Hansen,A, Koopowitz,L, 2002, Introducing psychosocial and psychiatric concepts to first year medical students using an integrated, biopsychosocial framework, Education for Health, 15, 3, 305-314 10.1080/1357628021000012714
2002 Cunningham,T, Keil,G, Chur-Hansen,A, Barrett,R, 2002, Interactions with patients in the early phases of clinical training: medical students' perceptions, Focus on Health Professional Education, 4, 3, 47-60
2001 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, Liston,M, Green,L, Harding,P, 2001, A qualitative evaluation of the short and longer-term influences of a diabetes simulation upon medical undergraduates' attitudes, Focus on Health Professional Education, 3, 1, 52-58
2001 Chur-Hansen,A, 2001, The self-evaluation of medical communication skills, Higher Education Research and Development, 20, 1, 71-79 10.1080/07924360120043658
2000 Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2000, Evaluating the outcome of communication skill teaching for entry-level students: does knowledge of empathy increase?, Medical Education, 34, 2, 90-94 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2000.00463.x
2000 Chur-Hansen,A, 2000, Medical students' essay-writing skills: criteria-based self- and tutor-evaluation and the role of language background, Medical Education, 34, 3, 194-198 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2000.00457.x
2000 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, 2000, The evaluation of undergraduate students' written English language skills, Medical Education, 34, 8, 642-647 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2000.00539.x
1999 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, 1999, Using standardized patients to evaluate undergraduate medical students' proficiency in speaking English, Academic Medicine, 74, 7, 829-834 10.1097/00001888-199907000-00018
1999 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, 1999, Encouraging students to self-evaluate their medical communication skills in an introductory first year course., Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi Discipline Journal, 1, 2, 70-77
1999 Chur-Hansen,A, 1999, Teaching support in the behavioural sciences for non-English speaking background medical undergraduates, Medical Education, 33, 6, 404-410 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00335.x
1998 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, 1998, Clinical Teachers' Perceptions of Medical Students' English Language Proficiency, Medical Education, 32, 4, 351-356 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1998.00228.x
1998 Barrett,R, Chur-Hansen,A, 1998, Gathering colloquial Australian english, Tesol Journal, 7, 36-37
1997 Chur-Hansen,A, Vernon-Roberts,J, Clark,S, 1997, Language background, English language proficiency and medical communication skills of medical students, Medical Education, 31, 4, 259-263 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1997.tb02922.x
1997 Chur-Hansen,A, 1997, Language background, proficiency in English, and selection for language development., Medical Education, 31, 5, 312-319 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1997.00674.x
1996 Chur-Hansen,A, Barrett,R, 1996, Teaching colloquial Australian English to medical students from non-English speaking backgrounds., Medical Education, 30, 6, 412-417 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1996.tb00860.x
1995 O'Hanlon,A, Winefield,H, Hejka,E, Chur-Hansen,A, 1995, Initial responses of first year medical students to problem based learning in a behavioural science course: Role of language background and course content., Medical Education, 29, 3, 198-204 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1995.tb02830.x
1995 Vernon-Roberts,J, Chur-Hansen,A, 1995, Communication skills of interns in New South Wales, Medical Journal of Australia, 163, 2, 112-
1995 Farnill,D, Hayes,S, Chur-Hansen,A, 1995, Interrater reliability of the scoring of the Screening Test of Adolescent Language, Psychological Reports, 76, 3 Pt 1, 1027-1032 10.2466/pr0.1995.76.3.1027
1995 O'Hanlon,A, Winefield,H, Hejka,E, Chur-Hansen,A, 1995, Initial responses of Australian and overseas students to problem-based learning in an undergraduate Behavioural Science course, Medical Education, 29, 198-204


Date Citation
2012 2012, Psychiatric research among the Iban: Collected papers of Robert J. Barrett, Borneo Research Council, United States, 1-372
2012 2012, Psychiatric research among the Iban: Collected papers of Robert J. Barrett, Borneo Research Council, United States, 1-372
2005 Chur-Hansen,A, Caruso,J, Sumpowthong,K, Turnbull,D, 2005, Cross-cultural and indigenous issues in psychology, Pearson, Australia

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2015 Gilson,A, Hemer,SR, Chur-Hansen,A, Crabb,S, 2015, The right to know or not to know: risk notification and genetic counselling, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, pp. 249-267 10.1108/S1057-629020150000016009
2013 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,H, 2013, Companion animals and physical health: The role of health psychology, Wiley, United Kingdom, pp. 134-142
2009 Chur-Hansen,A, Elliott,T, Hally,M, 2009, Informal language in healthcare, Elsevier, Australia, pp. 107-131
2009 Chur-Hansen,A, Woodward-Kron,R, 2009, Clinical Education: embracing diversity, Elsevier, Australia, pp. 92-106
2008 Chur-Hansen,A, 2008, Keeping a Jornal of Reflections on Learning, California Academic Press, California, pp. 93-100
2003 Winefield,H, Chur-Hansen,A, 2003, Working With a Multidisciplinary Staff, Sage Publishing/Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, Calif., pp. 28-41

Conference Items

Date Citation
2017 Lores,T, Goess,C, Hrycek,C, Grafton,R, Hughes,J, Cronin,L, Mikocka-Walus,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Burke,A, Collins,K et al, 2017, Integrated psychological care in outpatients with inflammatory bowel disease
2017 Lores,T, Goess,C, Hrycek,C, Grafton,R, Hughes,J, Cronin,L, Mikocka-Walus,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Burke,A, Collins,K et al, 2017, Mental health issues and healthcare utilisation in outpatients with inflammatory bowel disease
2017 Lores,T, Goess,C, Hrycek,C, Grafton,R, Hughes,J, Cronin,L, Mikocka-Walus,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Burke,ALJ, Collins,K et al, 2017, Clinical correlates of mental health issues in outpatients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in routine care, European Crohn’s & Colitis Organisation’s 12th World Congress, Barcelona, Spain
2016 Lores,T, Goess,C, Grafton,R, Hughes,J, Cronin,L, Mikocka-Walus,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Burke,A, Collins,K, Andrews,J et al, 2016, What is the need for, and acceptability of, routine, integrated psychological care in an established inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) service? Early data from a new initiative in clinical IBD care
2016 Angus,L, Chur-Hansen,A, Duggan,P, 2016, Medical educators’ perspectives on clinical reasoning: a qualitative study, 3rd Montreal International Conference of Clinical Reasoning, Hotel Omni Montreal Canada
2016 Lores,T, Goess,C, Grafton,R, Hughes,J, Cronin,L, Mikocka-Walus,A, Chur-Hansen,A, Burke,ALJ, Collins,K, Andrews,JM et al, 2016, Routine psychological care in IBD outpatients: early data from a new initiative, 11th Congress of ECCO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Sutherland,CR, Chur-hansen,A, Winefield,HR, 2015, Rural General Practitioners’ understandings and perceptions of psychology, 50th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland
2015 Bean,CG, Chur-Hansen,A, Tran,J, Strodl,E, Smith,B, 2015, Australian psychology student perceptions and experiences of health psychology, 2nd APS Health Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia
2015 Linedale,E, Chur-Hansen,A, Mikocka-Walus,A, Gibson,P, Andrews,J, 2015, Diagnostic uncertainty signalled by specialists and ongoing investigations may contribute to patient insecurity in functional gastrointestinal disorders, GESA-AGW and WGO International Congress, Gastroenterological Society of Australia Australian Gastroenterology Week 2015. World Congress of Gastroenterology, Brisbane, Queensland 10.1111/jgh.13088
2015 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,HR, Sutherland,CR, 2015, Experiences of Fly-in, Fly-Out (FIFO) and Drive-in, Drive-out (DIDO) rural and remote psychologists, 50th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland
2014 Sutherland,CR, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,HR, 2014, Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) of Rural and Remote Psychologists, Graduate Psychology Skills Australia Conference, Melrbourne, Victoria
2014 Sutherland,CR, Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,HR, 2014, Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) of Rural and Remote Psychologists, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France
2014 Chur-Hansen,A, Winefield,HR, Sutherland,CR, 2014, Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) of Rural and Remote Fly-in, Fly-out (FIFO) and Drive-in, Drive-out (DIDO) Psychologists, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France
2014 Crawford,G, Zambrano,S, Chur-Hansen,A, 2014, Funeral Attendance Practices of Australian Health Professionals
2010 Crocker,KM, Chur-Hansen,A, Bampton,P, Andrews,JM, 2010, A comparison of sexual dysfunction in functional bowel disorders and inflammatory bowel disease: does the diagnosis make a difference to patients?

Report for External Bodies

Date Citation
2012 Palmer,EJ, Devitt,P, Chur-Hansen,A, Crabb,S, De Young,N, 2012, The Medici Project: Developing a Multi-disciplinary, Sustainable Resource for Blended Learning Initiatives in Tertiary Medical Education, OLT, OLT website

Internet Publications

Date Citation
2016 Bray,HJ, zambrano ramos,SC, Chur-Hansen,A, Ankeny,RA; 2016; 'Mummy, where does steak come from?' How Australian families talk about meat

Research Funding

Dry, M.J., Due, C., Chur-Hansen, A. and Burns, N.R. (2015-16). Office of Learning and Teaching - Seed Grant: Assessing the utility of an online adaptive learning tool in a large undergraduate program. (SD14-4348), $22,000.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award (value $465,000) for project “A collaborative multi-disciplinary project for the expansion, dissemination, and evaluation of a blended learning initiative for tertiary medical education.” (Palmer, E., Devitt, P., Chur-Hansen, A. and Crabb, S.) 2009-2011.

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).  In 2016 I co-ordinated Mind, Brain and Behaviour (Honours) and am doing so again in 2017.  I am the co-ordinator of Research Project I & II (Master of Psychology (Health).


I have supervised quite a number of Honours and Masters by coursework projects, Summer Vacation Research Scholarships, and postgraduate medicine dissertations as part of Fellowship training. I have not listed these projects here, but they are all within the areas of health professional education and health psychology (food and eating, sex and relations, physical pain and death and dying, companion animals and physical, psychological and social health).

I welcome enquiries regarding potential supervision. 

PhD students as of 2017

Melissa Opolski PhD – Psychological aspects of surgery for obesity.  Co-supervisor Professor Gary Wittert (Medicine)

Justyna Pollok PhD – Psychological aspects of COPD.  Co-supervisor Professor Gregory B. Crawford (Medicine)

Tiffany De Sousa Machado Master of Psychology(Health)/PhD – Women and intergenerational social support.  Co-supervisors Dr Susan Hemer (Anthropology) Clemence Due (Psychology)

Dr Josephine (Jo) Thomas PhD – Interprofessional learning in Medicine and Pharmacy.  Co-supervisor Dr Koshila Kumar (Flinders University)

Dr Rebecca Thomas PhD – Depression and mindfulness for older people.  Co-supervisor Dr Melanie Turner (Psychiatry)

Kristi Urry PhD – Sexual health and stigma. Co-supervisor Dr Carole Khaw (Medicine).

Previous PhD graduates

Carly Sutherland Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD – Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics of rural and urban psychologists.  Co-supervisor Professor Helen Winefield (Psychology).  Completed March 2017, with Dean's Commendation.

Gigetta Salamone-Violi PhD – User satisfaction in an inpatient psychiatric mental health unit.  Co-supervisor Professor Helen Winefield (Psychology). Completed Jan 2017.

Ethel Chung Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD – Non-traditional university students and mental health.  Co-supervisor Professor Deb Turnbull (Psychology). Graduated September 2016, with Dean's Commendation.

Amaya Gilson – Ethnography of genetic counselling.  Co-supervisors Dr Shona Crabb (Public Health) and Dr Susan Hemer (Anthropology) - graduated May 2016, with Dean's Commendation.

Sonia Masciantonio – An Ethnography of a parent-infant psychiatric facility.  Co-supervisor Dr Susan Hemer (Anthropology) - graduated May 2016.

Dr Felicity Ng – The concept of depression in palliative care: explanatory models from the perspectives of patients, palliative physicians and psychiatrists. (co-supervisors Dr Greg Crawford, Mary Potter Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine and Dr Rajan Nagesh, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry).  Degree awarded with Dean's Commendation, 2014.

Dr Melanie Turner –  Assessment of supportive interventions for parents of babies in neonatal intensive care units (co-supervisor Dr Phil Brock, Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry). Degree awarded 2014.

Sofia Zambrano Ramos – Experiences and attitudes towards death and dying in different medical contexts and specialties‖ (co-supervisor Dr Greg Crawford, Mary Potter Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine).  Degree awarded with Dean's Commendation, 2012.

Cindy Stern – A systematic review of the use of animals for therapeutic purposes in the health and social care of the elderly. (co-supervisor Professor Alan Pearson, Joanna Briggs Institute).     Degree awarded 2011.

Michael Savic – Refugee mental health and service provision. (co-supervisors Dr Afzal Mahmood and Associate Professor Vivienne Moore, Discipline of Public Health).  Degree awarded 2010.

Shirley Chui – Quality use of medications. (co-supervisors Professor Ross McKinnon, Samson Institute, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia and Kingsley Coulthard, Pharmacy, Women‘s and Children‘s Hospital). Degree awarded 2010.

Rebecca Gooden – Cosmetic surgery and the psychology of body modification. (cosupervisor Professor Helen Winefield). Degree awarded 2009.

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2016 Member Organising Committee, Australian Animal Studies Conference
2016 Member Organising Committee, Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators Annual Conference

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2008 Associate Editor Focus on Health Professional Education
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