Keynote speakers

Professor Saths Cooper, PhD

President, International Union of Psychological Science

Topic: International psychology: The past in the future

Professor Cooper is President of the International Union of Psychological Science, Vice President (Information and Communications) of the International Social Science Council, and President of the Pan-African Psychology Union. A close colleague of the late Steve Biko and a founder member of the Black Consciousness Movement, Professor Cooper has played key roles in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa (SA) and internationally, the advent of democracy in SA, the unification and ascendancy of psychology and youth and community reconstruction and development during and after apartheid. He was banned and house-arrested when he was 22 years of age, and jailed for nine years, spending over five years in Robben Island in the same cell-block as former President Mandela. Following the granting of his first passport in 1986, Professor Cooper completed his PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology as a Fulbright Scholar at Boston University in 1989. Professor Cooper is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of SA and the National Academy of Psychology - India, and Honorary Fellow of the British and Irish Psychological Societies. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the IUPsyS Inaugural Achievement Against the Odds Award, the International Association of Applied Psychology Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to the Advancement of Applied Psychology, and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. A Clinical Psychologist for some 30 years, Professor Cooper is Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, Honorary Professor at the University of Limpopo, and works, inter alia, in the health, education and training sectors.

Professor David Kavanagh FAPS

QueenslandDavid Kavanagh University of Technology

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. Professor Kavanagh is contributing to Young and Well CRC’s development of phone apps to support wellbeing. Professor 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

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. Professor 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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Professor Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD

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

Finding pieces to the puzzle of health behavior change: A 30 year retrospective

Carlo DiClemente

Professor 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. Professor 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. Professor 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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Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA

Reconciliation - A Gift of Presence

Jackie Huggins AM, FAHA  is an Indigenous Australian author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples. In addition to being Director of Jackie Huggins and Associates, her other engagements include  Director of the Telstra Foundation and Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University.

Huggins is a former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, a former Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, and former Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (University of Queensland). She has been a member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the AIATSIS Council, and Co-Commissioner for Queensland for the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children.

In 2001 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work with Indigenous people, particularly in reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice. In 2007 Huggins was named University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year. She has published a wide range of essays and studies dealing with Indigenous history and identity. She is the author of Sistergirl (University of Queensland Press, 1998), and co-author, with Rita Huggins, of the critically acclaimed biography Auntie Rita (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994).