Deborah Turnbull

Professor Deborah Turnbull

Chair in Psychology

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Deborah Turnbull is an active teacher and researcher and combines these roles with senior administration activities at The University of Adelaide. She sits on the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health Management Committee, as well as serving on Council of the Kathleen Lumley College. She also chairs the Board of the Hut Community Centre. She teaches across all levels of psychology and is active in supervision of students enrolled in higher degrees by research.

Main research programs

  • Maternity services 
  • Cancer prevention and screening 
  • Mental Health 

 

 

 

 Main current grants 

  1. Reilly A, Howe J, Tan G, Cebulla A, Due C, Turnbull D, Ziersch. (2016) University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Funds.  Assessing the economic, social and health outcomes for migrant workers in the State Sponsored Employment Schemes: $24, 940. 

 

  1. Fennell K, Dollman J, Turnbull D, Vincent A, Brumby S, Short C.  (2016) NAB Foundation, Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, Sansom Institute for Health Research Preparing Australian farmers for future challenges via an online, interactive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based intervention.: $100 000.

 

  1. Wilkinson C, Turnbull D, Mol B, Chandraharan E, McPhee A, Salter A, Symonds I. (2017-2019) (1129648) National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant.  STan intrapartum fetal monitoring (cardiotocographic plus electrocardiographic) compared with cardiotocographic (CTG) monitoring alone: an Australian randomized controlled trial: $791, 368.90.

 

  1. Olver I, Frank O, Reed R, Roder D, Turnbull D, Holden C, Miller C, Worthley D. (2017)  Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project Translational Research Package.  Supporting primary care to increase participation in bowel cancer – a pilot project: $136, 945.

 

  1. Tully P, Tzourio C, Anstey K, Peters R, Turnbull D, Burns, Cosh S.  (2018- 2020) Minimizing blood pressure variability with antihypertensive drugs to reduce dementia risk: an IPD data meta analysis of cohort studies in the CAPA consortium.  Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – Prevention Beyond the Pipeline RFP: $129, 000.

 

  1. Price T, Holden C, Poprawski D, Roder D, Ratcliffe J, Turnbull D, Buckley E, Singhal N, Wichmann M. (2019) Does ageism prevail in access to multidisciplinary cancer care?  Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project Translational Research Package: $67, 350.

 

  1. Tully PJ, Turnbull DA, Vincent A, Burns N. The importance of blood pressure and its variability to dementia: an individual participant data meta-analysis from the VARIABLE BRAIN consortium. Dementia Australia Research Foundation Project Grant Round 2: $50, 000.

 

  1. Tully PJ, Turnbull DA. Exploiting blood pressure variability as a modifiable risk factor for the vascular depression phenotype: a proof of concept study. The Rebecca Cooper Foundation Project Grant: $75,000

 

Main learning and teaching areas

  • Cross-cultural psychology 
  • Global psychology
  • Applied research methods, including Implementation Science
  • Professional skills development
  • Health psychology 
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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 Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Louise Halliday
    2019 Principal Supervisor Misinformation and 'Post-Truth' Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Natasha Renee Van Antwerpen
    2019 Principal Supervisor Pre-conception Weight management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jodie Michelle Scott
    2018 Principal Supervisor Early Discharge After an Elective Caesarean Section Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Ms Christianna Digenis
    2018 Co-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
    2017 Principal Supervisor Innovations in Maternity Care Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Madeleine Rose Benton
    2016 Principal Supervisor The Adolescent Distress-Eustress Scale: Designing, Evaluating and Utilising a Holistic Measure of Adolescent Stress Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Victoria Mary Branson
    2014 Principal Supervisor Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training for Borderline Personality Disorder in Community Mental Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Brooke Packham
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Parental Cancer on Adolescent and Young Adult Offspring Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Julia Nellie Morris
    2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Supporting the Journey of Pregnancy for Women with Type 1 Diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Helen Margret Edwards
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor How can we do Positive Education Better? The Role of Student Involvement, Implementation, and Physical Activity in Adolescent Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Amber Halliday
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Development of a Best Practice Model to Support Young Children with Disabilities Affected by Environmental Risk Factors in West Timor, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Indra Yohanes Kiling
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Thinking Style and Health Behaviour : A Dual-Process Approach to the Prediction of Preventive Health Behaviours Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Clare Ellen McGuiness
    2012 - 2016 Principal 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
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The progression and management of depression and anxiety in chronic hepatitis C patients Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin James Robert Stewart
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Three Studies Investigating Quality Indicators for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Comorbidity: Continuity of Care, Treatment Need and Patient Satisfaction Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Miss Stacey Lee McCallum
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Physical activity during pregnancy among pregnant women who are overweight or obese Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Zhixian Sui
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The psychosocial needs of rural cancer patients Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kate Gunn
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Adherence to Rescreening for Colorectal Cancer with Faecal Occult Blood Testing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Amy Duncan
    2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor 'If you don't manage diabetes it will manage you': Type two diabetes self-management in rural Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Laura Jones
    2007 - 2013 Principal Supervisor A Qualitative Study of Medication Adherence Amongst People with Schizophrenia Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lucinda Clifford
    2006 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Developing Strategies to Improve the Management of Chronic Illness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Vikki Knott
    2006 - 2008 Co-Supervisor A Step Towards a Broader Understanding of Complex Traumatization in Victims of Crime: Psychological and Physical Health Impacts and Implications for Psychological Interventions and Treatment Evaluation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Birgit Pfitzer
    2006 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Peer Responses to Psychologically Distressed Tertiary Students Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Catherine Leahy
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Depression, Anxiety and Morbidity Outcomes After Cardiac Surgery Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Phillip Tully
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Psychoneuroimmunology of Women Experiencing Stressful Life Events:Testing the Oxidative Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Jodie Merle Oliver-Baxter
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Seeking help for mental health issues in rural South Australia: A mixed methods approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Joanne Collins
    2006 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Exploring the experiences of first time fatherhood and paternal postnatal depression: A grounded theory analysis revealing the importance of the concept of coping Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Karina Bria
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Comparative Optimism about Falling amongst Community Dwelling Older South Australians: A Mixed Methods Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Joanne Dollard
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Six Studies Pointing to the Need for a Biopsychosocial Approach to Treating Common Gastrointestinal and Hepatologic Disorders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Antonina Mikocka-Walus
    2004 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Feeling Queer: Can a Primary Health Care Approach Mitigate Health Inequity Experienced by Homosexually Active South Australian Men? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Gary Rogers
    2004 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Biopsychosocial Associates of Infertility Related Distress and Treatment Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Neha Mahajan
    2003 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Study of a Primary Care Depression Relapse Prevention Program: "Keeping the Blues Away" Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Catherine Howell
    2000 - 2006 Co-Supervisor A Discursive Analysis of Accounts of Breast Cancer Screening, Risk and Prevention Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shona Crabb
    1999 - 2003 Co-Supervisor Physical Activity Assessment and Determinants of Active Living: The Development of a Model for Promoting Physical Activity among Older Thais Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kaysorn Sumpowthong
    1999 - 2002 Principal Supervisor The development and evaluation of a health promotion program for pregnant women aimed at addressing rates of caesarean section Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ruth Walker
    1996 - 2005 Co-Supervisor THE ROLE OF GOAL SETTING IN THE DIABETES CASE MANAGEMENT OF ABORIGINAL AND NON-ABORIGINAL POPULATIONS IN RURAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA Doctor of Medicine Doctorate Part Time APrf PDavid Mills
    1994 - 2003 Co-Supervisor A PARTICIPANT-OBSERVER CASE STUDY OF RESEARCH IN ISOLATED AUSTRALIAN RURAL GENERAL PRACTICE Doctor of Medicine Doctorate Part Time Dr Richard Walter Watts
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - ongoing Chair Hut Community Centre Adelaide Hills Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Beat Cancer Project Executive Group South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia
    2016 - ongoing Chair Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Academic Board University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Indigenous Education and Engagement Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - 2014 Chair Research Advisory Board Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University Australia
    2010 - 2014 Member Research Advisory Board Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Management Committee Freemasons' Foundation Centre for Men's Health Australia
    2010 - ongoing Chair Heads of Department and Schools of Psychology Association University of Adelaide Australia
    2008 - 2016 Member Cancer Research Advisory Committee NSW Cancer Institute Australia
    2007 - 2009 Secretary Heads of Departments and Schools od Psychology Association University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Council of Kathleen Lumley College Incorporated Australia
    2005 - 2008 Member Secondary Schools Assessment Board of South Australia Australia
    2004 - 2006 Chair Project Grants Review Panels 5A National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
    2004 - ongoing Member Midwifery Group Practice Evaluation Group Women's and Children's Hospital Australia
    2003 - 2004 Member Bowel Cancer Screening Pilot – SA Implementation Subcommittee South Australian Department of Human Services Australia
    2003 - ongoing Member National Institute of Clinical Studies Hospital Advisory Group
    2003 - ongoing Member Project Grants Review Panel 6A National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
    2001 - 2002 Member Education Committee National Consortium for Education in Primary Medical Care. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia
    2001 - ongoing Member Communication and Education Task Group of the Commonwealth Bowel Screening Pilot. Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care Australia
    1998 - ongoing Member National Cancer Control Initiative Implementation Workshop Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services and the Australian Cancer Society Australia
    1996 - 2000 Member Education and Health Promotion Committee (South Australia) Heart Foundation Australia
    1996 - ongoing Member Working Party on the Driver Intervention Program (South Australian Road Safety Consultative Committee) Department of Road Transport. Office of Road Safety Australia
    1996 - ongoing Member Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative State Administrative Body South Australia Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2005 - 2009 Associate Editor Australian Psychologist Australia
  • Position: Chair in Psychology
  • Phone: 83131229
  • Email: deborah.turnbull@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 21
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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