CJRC Research Methods Special Interest Group

As a result of the recent survey of CJRC members, the CJRC is establishing a research methods special interest group (replacing the research methods open-line advertised for Tuesday 23 October 2007).

A panel of reseachers experienced in the use of various qualitative and quantitative research methods will be available to discuss approaches in person or over the phone.

If you would like to be involved please complete the research methods special interest group expression of interest form.

Panel Members

Professor Bernadette McSherry (Faculty of Law)

Professor Bernadette McSherry has a background in arts (political science), law and psychology. She has been the recipient of two Criminology Research Council grants, three ARC Discovery grants, one ARC Linkage grant and in December will take up her ARC Federation Fellowship for the project Rethinking Mental Health Laws. She has experience with developing questionnaires, conducting focus groups and face to face interviews as well as comparative legal research techniques.

Dr. Stuart Thomas (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)

Dr Stuart Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Behavioural Science in the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine.

His background is in psychology and law, and he has specialist training in epidemiology and health services research. He was the recipient of a highly regarded Research Training Fellowship in the United Kingdom, where he completed his MSc in epidemiology from the internationally renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and then his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

He is a Chief Investigator on a large ARC Linkage grant with Victoria Police and is experienced in a range of research methodologies and statistical techniques.

Dr. Samantha Thomas (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)

Dr Samantha Thomas is a medical sociologist and methodologist who joined Monash University from King's College London in November 2005. She has trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods (with a qualitative PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland and with subsequent training in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Samantha has a unique skill mix and a wide range of practical, policy and research experience in health care.

Samantha initially worked at addressing social problems and health inequalities at the grassroots and policy levels internationally before working at the WHO HQ (Geneva) in Health and Human Rights, Mental Health, and Indigenous Peoples Health. She was a contributing author to the World Health Report on Mental Health in 2001. Samantha joined King's College in 2001 where she undertook a wide range of qualitative and epidemiological studies at the Institute of Psychiatry.

At Monash, Samantha helps to coordinate the teaching of clinical ethics and qualitative research methods. She is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery grant to qualitatively explore the experiences of people living with obesity and on an NHMRC grant to qualitatively explore perceptions of cancer risk.