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Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

BIO-DASH Program Creator

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Dr Kent Patrick

Research & Training

Dr Kent Patrick is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Wellbeing Science, the University of Melbourne. After an early career as a health professional, Kent completed a PhD in Psychology at Deakin University and since then has been involved in lecturing in Psychology and/or working on a range of research projects. He has previously worked as Research Fellow on large scale projects such as the NHMRC funded ‘Australian Longitudinal Study of Health and Relationships’ and the Commonwealth funded ‘5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health’ both of which were conducted at the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. In addition to BioDash he works on the ARC Linkage project of Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick and colleagues that is exploring the effects of Positive Education in emerging adults during the post-school transition phase. He has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and reports and is passionate about the promotion of health and wellbeing of young people.

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Monique West

Research & Training

Monique West is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne. She is a qualified teacher and has a passion for helping young people reach their potential. Monique worked in the media industry for fourteen years supporting and managing media personalities and working with sporting professionals including members of the Australian cricket team, the Australian rugby union team and elite AFL footballers. This sparked an interest in understanding the psychology behind wellbeing and performance. She pursued a degree in Psychology achieving first class honours for the Bachelor of Psychology at Monash University in 2014. Since then Monique has worked as a researcher on both national and international projects for the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne and the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology.  Monique loves travel, binge watching TV series and chocolate.

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology.  She is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists. She is also trained in sport and life coaching, biofeedback and sport psychology.

Dianne is the inaugural Director of the highly successful Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015). She founded the Positive Psychology Network in Australia and has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and is currently on the IPPA Council of Advisors. She has been an inaugural Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice journal (2011-2016) and has Co-Directed the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Australian positive psychology and wellbeing conferences.

Dianne has published widely, and presents regularly at conferences. She serves on numerous research advisory boards, regularly reviews scientific papers for leading journals and has received around $3 million funding for her world class research. Dianne’s research interests include the development and evaluation of wellbeing programs, particularly in the areas of positive education and performance optimisation. She specialises in innovative designs which utilise the latest technology, real-world, real-time sampling and physiological indices of wellbeing. Most of her current research focuses on co-designing programs with young people for young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Dianne also has extensive experience with developing wellbeing measures including the Wuzzup and MoodPrism apps and the Wellbeing Profiler. She also promotes education on ethical and professional practice issues and served as the Ethics Chair at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education from 2014-2020.

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Research & Training


Anneliese Gill is a researcher at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne and Fulbright Scholar. She has a Masters of Music from the
Manhattan School of Music, New York and graduate and post graduate diploma in psychology from Monash University, Melbourne. With over 25 years experience as a music teacher and performer she is passionate about helping artists remain composed under pressure and reach their potential. In 2016 she was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Award to complete a PhD in the psychology of music and performance science at the Conservatory of Music, Melbourne University. This involved formulating and developing educational initiatives for young artists that foster self-efficacy and psychological performance skills to optimise performance. She has also been a member of the music-psychology research team at Monash University and conducted numerous performance mastery workshops for musicians and professional development sessions for music educators.


Dr Anneliese Gill