Who we are

Our group consists of Indigenous lecturers, researchers, graduate research students working and learning in the field of Indigenous psychology and wellbeing.

Dr Cammi Murrup-Stewart

Monash research profile
Orcid profile

Dr Cammi Murrup-Stewart, is Aboriginal woman with close ties to Wurundjeri Country and a family history impacted by the Stolen Generation policies. An Assistant Lecturer (Indigenous) and researcher at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, her research focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal youth, with an emphasis on building the strategies young mob have for improving their wellbeing and mental health, using Indigenous methodologies, and supporting Indigenous students pursuing higher education. Her research aims to centre the voices of Indigenous peoples and other marginalised groups. Cammi has over 8 years of experience in the international and local community development and health sectors, with a Bachelor and Masters in International Development. She has won an number of awards over the years, including the prestigious 2020 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research – Indigenous Researcher. Cammi also lives with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses, and advocates for greater accessibility and inclusion.

Ms Ashley Paxton

Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Lecturer

Weenthunga's Victorian Aboriginal Health Education Network.

Dr Theoni Whyman

Adjunct Lecturer

Orcid profile

Theoni is a Paakantji/Ngiyampaa woman. Her research interests include lateral violence, identity and social emotional wellbeing in Indigenous communities; Indigenous methodologies; qualitative research methods.

Ms Victoria Gentile

Provisional Psychologist, PhD student

Victoria is a Yorta Yorta woman. Her research interests include cultural identity, substance use, and social and emotional well being among Indigenous communities.

Mr Samual Fisher

Provisional Psychologist, PhD student
Orcid profile

Samual is a Wakka Wakka man and his research interests include Indigenous men’s social and emotional well being; Indigenous men’s support groups; Indigenous methodologies.

Mr Rudi Taylor-Bragge

PhD student

Orcid profile

Rudi is a Kulin man born and raised on his traditional Boonwurrung country of Euro Yuroke (St Kilda). Rudi is passionate about Indigenous health and has studied psychology and counseling to a Masters level. His connection to Country and people fuels his commitment to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and cites youth suicide as a desperate call for immediate action.

Ms Mady Wills

Mady is a Warramungu woman who was born and raised on Wadawurrung country. She is undertaking her Honours program with the Turner Indigenous group and is interested in understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth perspectives of Social and Emotional Wellbeing, and how this can be supported on digital mental health/Social Emotional technologies.

Ms Jess Rodaughan

Jess is a proud Jardwadjali Aboriginal woman with a strong passion for supporting children and their families experiencing social and emotional wellbeing challenges. Jess is a provisional psychologist and children's counsellor. She values trauma-informed and culturally-informed approaches to healing and has interests in child development and the impact of trauma on lifelong health and developmental outcomes. Jess is currently completing a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental).

Dr Laura Jobson

Monash research profile
Orcid profile

Associate Professor Laura Jobson is Deputy Director of Community Engagement  and works closely with the Turner Indigenous Psychology Group and Gukwonderuk unit on research, curriculum design and student matters.