Keynote & Invited Speakers 2011

altProfessor Tim (Dr Happy) Sharp

Professor Sharp has three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach. He runs one of Sydney’s largest clinical psychology practices, a highly regarded executive coaching practice, and is the founder & CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute, Australia’s first organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations.

He’s taught at all the major universities in NSW and is currently an Adjunct Professor (in Positive Psychology) within the School of Management, Faculty of Business at UTS and also an Adjunct Professor (Positive Psychology) within the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University. His primary area of interest is enhancing happiness at work but he’s also actively involved in consulting and research projects in the areas of leadership, resilience, recruitment and positive education.  Tim also received a Future Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection which recognises outstanding leaders of our generation for their achievements and contribution to a vision for Australia’s future.

Over the last decade, Professor Sharp's passion and energy has shifted away from traditional, clinical psychology and toward "positive psychology", one of the most exciting areas of contemporary mental health and an amazingly powerful approach to well-being. Although he and his team continue to treat people with problems such as depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties, their focus is increasing towards helping people identify and work with their strengths with a view to fostering and bolstering authentic happiness.

alt Professor Sharp’s abstract of his keynote presentation is available here.

altDr Anne Lowell

Dr Lowell is Principal Research Fellow, Graduate School for Health Practice, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Anne commenced her career as a speech pathologist and has worked on a wide range of research and other community-based projects.  For the last 20 years she has primarily worked in Northeast Arnhemland, and will be presenting with Indigenous colleagues from this region who have been key collaborators in this work. Anne’s particular interests include intercultural communication, culturally responsive research and service provision and recognition of Indigenous knowledge and practice in health research and health services.


Please click on the links to access Dr Lowell’s abstract of her keynote presentation and her workshop presentation.

Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture

altProfessor Deborah Theodoros

Professor Theodoros is Head of the Division of Speech Pathology within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her research has centred on the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders, and the development of telerehabilitation applications for speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing disorders. She is a founder and co-director of the multidisciplinary Telerehabilitation Research Unit within the School.

Deborah has over 130 publications including 90 articles, 32 book chapters, and two books. Her research is regularly presented at international and national conferences with more than 120 conference presentations to date. She has been awarded over $2.3 million in competitive grants, including four National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project grants. Three of these grants relate to the development and validation of telerehabilitation applications for the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. Deborah has been an invited speaker at international conferences, seminars, and workshops in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Taiwan. She is an editorial consultant for several international journals in speech pathology, and is an executive member of the Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group of the American Telemedicine Association.

altClick here to read Professor Theodoros’ abstract of her Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture

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