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Dr Graham Gee
Dr Graham Gee is an Aboriginal man, also with Chinese and Celtic heritage, from Darwin. His great-grandmother was originally from the Barkly Tablelands. Graham is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. His is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Graham holds a combined Masters (Clinical) Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne. From 2008-2018 Graham was employed as a psychologist at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. He was a founding board member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and is currently an active member on three advisory panels. This includes the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission National Advisory Panel, the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Expert Advisory Panel, and the Guideline Development Group for the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Graham received the 2018 NHMRC Rising Star Award, and the 2015 Koori Community Justice Award for an Aboriginal Men's Program.
In 2019, Graham was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship which focuses on prevention, resilience and recovery from trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. His research involves validating the Aboriginal Resilience and Recovery Questionnaire (Gee, 2016), and investigating resilience and recovery among several different Aboriginal population groups in Australia. Other national research programs that Graham is involved with have a focus on improving models of mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and investigating the protective effects of language revitalisation and other cultural determinants of health.
Graham is currently a Chief Investigator on three NHMRC project grants and one Million Minds research grant, totalling $9,196,960. He is CI-B on an NHMRC project grant focused on identifying and supporting Aboriginal parents who have experienced complex childhood trauma; CI-C on a grant to respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family aspirations to foster self-determination and social and emotional wellbeing; and CI-D on a grant examining the impact of language reclamation on social and emotional wellbeing among the Barngala. Most recently, he was awarded a Million Minds research grant as CI-F to generate Indigenous patient-centred clinically and culturally capable models of mental health care.
Hackett M, Teixeira-Pinto A, Farnbach S, Glozier N, Skinner T, Askew D, Gee G, Cass A, Brown A. Getting it Right: validating a culturally specific screening tool for depression (aPHQ-9) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. MJA 211(1), July 2019.
Chamberlain C, Gee G, Brown S, Atkinson J, Herrman H, Gartland D, Glover K, Clark Y, Campbell S, Mensah F, Atkinson C, Brennan Sue, McLachlan H, Hirvonen T, Dyall D, Ralph N, Hokke S, Nicholsan J. Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future – co-designing perinatal Strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex trauma: framework and protocol for a community-based participatory action research study. BMJ Open 2019; 9:e028397.
Chamberlain, C, Gee G, Harfield S, Campbell S, Brennan S, Clark Y, Mensah F, Arabena K, Herrman H, Brown, S, for the 'Healing The Past by Nurturing the Future group. Parenting after a history of childhood maltreatment: A scoping review and map of evidence in the perinatal period. PLoS ONE 2019: 14(3):e0213460.
Clark Y, Gee G, Ralph N, Atkinson C, Brown S, Glover K, McLachlan H, Gartland D, Hirvonen T, Atkinson J, Andrews S, Chamberlain C, & the Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future Investigators Group. and Co-Design Group. (in press). The Healing the past by nurturing the future: Cultural and emotional safety framework. Journal of Indigenous wellbeing. Te mauri-pimatisiwin (accepted 7.5.19)
Farnbach S, Evans J, Eades, Fernando J, Gee G, Hackett M. Process evaluation of a primary healthcare validation study of a culturally-adapted depression screening tool for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Study protocol: BMJ Open, 2017.
Hackett M, Farnbach S, Glozier N, Skinner T, Teixeira-Pinto A, Askew D, Gee G, Cass A, & Brown A. Getting it Right: study protocol to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a culturally-specific measure to screen for depression in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. BMJ Open; 2106; 6:e015009. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015009.
Gee G, Dudgeon P, Schultz C, Hart A, Kelley K. (2014). Understanding Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. Chapter 3 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R. (Eds). Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice (2nd Edition). Australian Council for Education Research and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing: Canberra.
Zubrick S, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Glaskin B, Kelly K, Paradies Y, Scrine C, Walker R. (2014). Social Determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Chapter 6 in Purdie, N., Dudgeon, P. & Walker, R. (Eds) Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Wellbeing Principles and Practice. (2nd Edition). Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Ageing: Canberra.
National Health and Medical Research Council