The Centre congratulates Clare McGuiness on her successful appointment as Graduate Officer in the policy division at Housing SA in the state government Department of Communities and Social Inclusion. As the areas of housing and health overlap in many ways, Clare’s behavioural psychology expertise developed during her PhD will put her in good stead for her new role in policy.
The Centre is very proud of Clare’s PhD achievements. Clare was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award for her PhD and received a joint PhD top-up scholarship from the CSIRO and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health for her project on cognitive style, and whether it is related to participation in health-related behaviours such as cancer screening, exercise, diet and smoking. Her supervisors were Professor Deborah Turnbull (School of Psychology, Uni of Adelaide, Dr Ian Zajac, CSIRO and Professor Carlene Wilson (Flinders Uni). Her first paper from her PhD studies was McGuiness,CE, Turnbull,D, Wilson,C, Duncan,A, Flight,IH, Zajac,I, 2016, Thinking Style as a Predictor of Men’s Participation in Cancer Screening., Am J Mens Health.
Clare was a finalist for the 3 minute thesis competition in 2015, represented the Centre numerous times speaking at community men’s health events and she was involved in the production of a series of men’s health videos for SA Health and Primary Producers SA. We cant, of course, forget her interaction with the Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC when he handed back the gift of SA AFL team merchandise at the inaugural business breakfast in 2014.
We wish Clare all the best for the outcomes of her thesis submission and her exciting career ahead.