Paula Dabovich

Dr Paula Dabovich

Adjunct Senior Lecturer - Researcher

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Public Health
Visiting Fellow
Centre of Traumatic Stress Studies
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Paula is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher with the School of Public Health and Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide. She holds a strong interest in the historical relationships that exist between medicine, psychiatry, and the military, and the ways these relationships have informed major public health advances over the past 100 years. More specifically, Paula uses psychoanalytic theory to link physical, psychological, and social health phenomenon that cannot be accounted for in more reductionist fields. In addition she explores the relationship between this theory (and its clinical application) to the experience of (and recovery from) trauma and related issues such as moral injury, in the context of organisations such as the military, police, and emergency services. Her work is primarily developmental and highlights the strengths and limitations of dominant (i.e. cognitive behaviourist) and emerging (i.e. existentialist, strengths, and values based) approaches to care and cultural reform.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Dabovich, P., Eliott, J., & McFarlane, A. (2019). Individuate and separate: values and identity re-development during rehabilitation and transition in the Australian Army. Social Science and Medicine, 222, 265-273.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Dabovich, P., Eliott, J., & McFarlane, A. (2019). The Meanings Soldiers Attach to Health and Their Impacts on Primary Health-Care Utilization and Avoidance in an Australian High-Risk Combat Unit. Armed Forces and Society.
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member PTSD Centre of Excellence Research Overview Committee Jamie Larcombe Centre The Road Home Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Veteran Advisory Council Government of South Australia Australia
    2015 - 2016 Member PTSD Centre for Excellence Research Working Party Government of South Australia Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Veteran Health Advisory Committee Government of South Australia Australia
  • Position: Adjunct Senior Lecturer - Researcher
  • Email: paula.dabovich@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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