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Keynote speakers

Dr David Kavanagh FAPS

University of Queensland

Presentation: From systematic desensitization to innovations in motivational interventions


Professor David Kavanagh is a clinical psychologist who leads the award-winning ePsych research group at the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. The group develops and tests programs and apps to build resilience and address psychological problems. David is contributing to Young and Well CRC’s development of phone apps to support wellbeing. Prof Kavanagh has over 40 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher, and his positions have included leading a community health service, an academic department, and research work across a university faculty. He has chaired the ePsychology Interest Group for the Australian psychological Society, and has won several awards for his research, including an Excellence in Research Annual National Drug and Alcohol Award in 2009.

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Professor Suzanne Chambers MAPS

Griffith University

Presentation: Psycho-oncology: The Science of Care


Professor Suzanne Chambers is a health psychologist and has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 25 years. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Menzies Foundation Professor of Allied Health Research in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University. She has published extensively on the psychological effects of cancer in internationally leading journals and is currently leading large scale randomised control trials of psychological interventions that address sexuality, lifestyle and unmet supportive care needs, and psychological distress in men with prostate cancer as well as other high need cancer patient groups. Prof Chambers has over 160 peer reviewed publications, chapters and reports; and has been a chief investigator on successful research grants valued at over $26.5 million including National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Cancer Australia, Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Queensland.

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Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D.

MDQuit Tobacco Resource Center; Center for Community Collaboration; Home Visiting Training Center; Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Presentation: TBA


Dr. Carlo DiClemente received his Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the director of the MDQUIT Tobacco Resource Center and the Center for Community Collaboration at UMBC and is involved in HRSA and SAMHSA funded projects on integrated care and SBIRT training and implementation. In addition he oversees the HABITS laboratory where he and his graduate students conduct projects that include assessing the process of smoking initiation and cessation, SBIRT training in medical residency programs, motivation and stages of change for a variety of health behaviors, understanding mechanism of change in alcohol and substance abuse, and creating integrative screening instruments to support client collaboration and integrated care. Dr. DiClemente is the co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and the author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. Dr. DiClemente has co-authored a self-help book, Changing for Good, as well as several professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change (second edition), and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual. His book, Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover, is published by Guilford Press. He has been given achievement awards from Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, ASAM, APA Division 50 and the Addictive Behavior Special Interest Group at ABCT.

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