Professor Paul Martin
Professor Martin completed his undergraduate training at the University of Bristol, his clinical training through the Oxfordshire Regional Health Authority and British Psychological Society, and his doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He held his first staff position in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, prior to moving to Australia in 1979 to take up a Lectureship in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University. He subsequently taught at the University of Western Australia for 16 years before being appointed Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of New England in 1996. In 2002, he accepted the position of Innovation Professor (Health & Clinical Psychology) at RMIT University, to provide leadership in behavioural health research. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University and Director of Psychology for Southern Health in 2006. More recently Professor Martin was appointed as Head of School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University.
Professor Martin has held a number of professional leadership positions starting with National President of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association from 1984 to 1985. He was Director of Science of the Australian Psychological Society from 1997 to 2000, and President of the Society from 2000 to 2004. He is currently President of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology.
Professor Martin's research interests are: migraine and tension-type headache; stress, anxiety and depression, particularly postnatal depression; social networks and support, particularly interventions to increase support; cardiovascular disease, particularly assessment of risk via the internet; and treatment of obesity. He has published seven books and over 120 journal articles and chapters.
Professor Martin is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal for "services to Australian society and medicine".
Dr Sharon Mackenzie
Sharon is a research fellow working as part of Professor Paul Martin’s team at Griffith University and is currently the project manager of the NHMRC funded the ENHANCE project (Enhanced Treatment for Headache). In this position Sharon is involved in developing, implement and evaluating a CBT based treatment program aimed at helping individuals learn to cope with triggers of chronic headache and migraine. Sharon is a Clinical Psychologist who completed a doctorate investigating the psychological well-being and resilience of aged care nurses. Sharon has worked as a Registered Nurse for many years and has a long standing interest in health particularly in the management of chronic health conditions and the promotion of physical and emotional well-being.
Siavash is a research fellow working as part of the team on the NHMRC funded ENHANCE project (Enhanced Treatment for Headache) led by Professor Paul Martin. Siavash’s interests are primarily with behavioural and psychodynamic treatments and theories of fear and anxiety at all stages of life. Siavash has experience in clinical research and treatment of adult anxiety disorders completed his PHD research into the mechanisms underlying fear and anxiety acquisition, treatment, and relapse. Siavash completed his Bachelors in psychology with honours at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. Siavash became a student committee member of the APS Gold Coast Branch early 2013 and continues his involvement with the APS since the completion of his studies. Siavash has experience in working with children and adults in a variety of school, inpatient, and outpatient settings.
Arissa Brunelli is a registered psychologist and yoga instructor who completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and currently works as the project coordinator and research clinician of the NHMRC funded ENHANCE project (Enhanced treatment of Headache). Arissa has worked across a broad range of settings including rehabilitation psychology, forensic drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and organisational psychology. Arissa has also instructed yoga for a number of years and has an interest in mindfulness-based practices, meditation and the use of such interventions in the rehabilitation and prevention of chronic ill-health conditions.