Dr Ann Dadich
Currently a pracademic – an academic whose passion lies in bridging the chasm between research and practice.
Country of birth: Australia
Languages spoken: English
What initially attracted you to community psychology?
The chance to turn my opportunities into positive change that: (1) is bona fide; (2) is sustainable; (3) strengthens the social fabric; and (4) bolsters the wellbeing of individuals and their communities.
Please describe your current position.
I am currently a pracademic – an academic whose passion lies in bridging the chasm between research and practice.
What other work have you been involved in as a community psychologist?
I have not officially been employed as a Community Psychologist, nor have I officially volunteered as one. However my professional life, both within and beyond academe, has always involved examining and understanding relationships, with the aim to improve wellbeing – be it at the individual, societal, or organisational level.
What tertiary training (if any) do you have in community psychology?
I have not completed tertiary training specifically in Community Psychology.
What are the most valuable things you learnt in your community psychology training?
Professional experience – both within and beyond academe – has revealed the interrelated nature of seemingly disparate relationships – be they at the individual, societal, or organisational level.
Please list your academic qualifications.
• Honours Degree (Psychology)
• Bachelor of Social Science
Please describe any other experiences (for example, mentors, professional development activities or further training) that helped you to prepare for a career in community psychology.
The nature of Community Psychology would suggest that a myriad of experiences – both personal and professional – have enabled me to prepare for my career. However, key experiences include: (1) informal mentorship from experienced colleagues; (2) informally mentoring junior colleagues; and (3) regular opportunities for meaningful reflective practice.
What are the most important things you learnt in the field (or in an academic setting) about community psychology?
The limited applicability of universal laws or understandings – given our complexity, it appears that the only thing 'normal' in this world is a cycle on a washing machine.
What advice would you offer to someone contemplating a career in community psychology?
Community Psychology offers a wide umbrella under which are many opportunities for a diversified career. As such, although there are relatively few official appointments as a Community Psychologist in Australia, there are many other ways to utilise your skill-set and knowledge-base.
What are your research interests?
Health service management, with a particular focus on knowledge translation and organisational behaviour.
Please list any professional memberships.
• Australian Psychological Society
• NSW Justice of the Peace