The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON researcher awarded for outstanding mentorship

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Professor Amanda Baker has received the inaugural Outstanding Academic Mentor Award from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Science and Education Team.

Honouring an outstanding individual in the mid-to-late career stage, this award recognises extraordinary leadership through mentoring and guiding a significant number of early career psychological scientists.

A clinical psychologist, Amanda was appointed to lead a postgraduate program in drug and alcohol counselling at UON in 1995, delivering face-to-face programs to local drug and alcohol workers.

This program remains very popular as a distance learning program and is now led by Amanda’s mentee, Dr Kylie Bailey.

A generous research supervisor and mentor, many of Amanda’s mentees are making a significant contribution in the drug and alcohol field in Australia and overseas.

Not only has Amanda had a distinguished career, her mentees have also received prestigious awards for their work in various fields of public health and clinical psychology.

Amanda continues to collaborate with her mentees, co-authoring peer-reviewed publications, chapters and obtaining successful grants.

Renowned for her collaborations, generous research supervision and her mentoring of ECRs and MCRs, Amanda is honoured to receive professional acknowledgement of her commitment to psychology and public health. “I strongly believe that to achieve positive outcomes for people with mental health, alcohol and drug problems we need to change the treatment and social landscape,” Amanda says.

“I feel that my role as a mentor is important to ensure that dedicated professionals can bring their best to the health and medical research and treatment field.”

Amanda will receive this award at the APS Congress in Sydney in February 2018.


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