Researcher

Dr Patricia Cullen

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Public Health and Health Services, Health and Community Services, Mental Health, Primary Health Care

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Biography

Patricia is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow in the School of Population Health, where she co-leads the Child and Adolescent Health theme. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and Ngarruwan Ngadju, First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Wollongong.

Patricia's research is interdisciplinary and spans public health, psychology and...view more

Patricia is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow in the School of Population Health, where she co-leads the Child and Adolescent Health theme. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and Ngarruwan Ngadju, First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Wollongong.

Patricia's research is interdisciplinary and spans public health, psychology and implementation science. Incorporating multi-methodological approaches, including cohort studies using data linkage, in-depth qualitative inquiries as well as co-design, implementation and evaluation of community led initiatives. Much of her research centers on implementation and evaluation of optimal care for women and young people experiencing violence in their relationships with a focus on integrating trauma-informed care in health settings. Patricia's NHMRC early career fellowship focuses on generating new knowledge of adolescent health trajectories and she is collaborating across three NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence in: Adolescent digital health (APP1134894); Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (APP1135273); Global adolescent health (APP1171981).

Committed to research translation and uptake, Patricia was awarded the 2017 Sax Institute Research Action Award in recognition of research that has significant impact on policy and practice. She has co-authored reports, including government and NGO commissioned reports, multiple submissions to parliamentary enquiries and shared her research in media and social journalism outlets.


My Grants

  • Cullen P. Setting health pathways for life: Improving adolescent health trajectories. National Health & Medical Research Council, Early Career Fellowship 2019-2022 (APP1158223)

  • Ivers R, Andersen M, Hunter K, Spencer W, Corby C, McCausland R, MacGillivray P, Cullen P, Erskine C, Clapham K, Pollard-Wharton N. Community led solutions to prevent Aboriginal child injury. The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, MRFF, 2019. 

  • Cullen P, Medlow S, Kang M, Liu B, Dinh M, Scott D, Steinbeck K, Perry L, Skinner R, Nathan S, Mackean T, Andersen M, Zolfaghari E, Wand T. Adolescent mental health presentations to emergency departments: Pilot study for a large-scale implementation science research project to improve adolescent health care. SPHCM Research Support Scheme 2019

  • Cullen P, Mackean T, Longbottom M, Ivers R, Clapham K, Coombes J, Porykali B, Hackett M, Andersen M, Redfern J, Moore, R. First response: Integrating trauma-informed care within primary healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing violence . The Lowitja Institute Project Grant 2018

  • Jagnoor J, Ivers R, Keay L, Tan M, Cullen P, Lukaszyk C. Synthesis of evidence addressing burden of injury among older population Western Pacific Region. The World Health Organisation 2018

  • Cullen P, Mackean T, Ivers R, Hegarty K, Scott D, Longbottom M, Rogers K. Family and Intimate partner homicide in NSW. The George Institute for Global Health, Global Women’s Health Program Project Grant 2018

  • Mackean T, Cullen P, Longbottom M, Ivers R. First response: Integrating trauma-informed care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The George Institute for Global Health, Global Women’s Health Program Project Grant 2018

  • Cullen P. The George Institute for Global Health, Global Women’s Health Development Grant 2018


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, 2013-2017

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Honours (Class 1), School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, 2009-2012


My Awards


My Research Activities

Drawing on methods from social science and implementation science, my research activities focus on improving care-coordination for young people accessing emergency services and integrating trauma-informed care in health settings. Much of my research has been in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including the Driving Change program and First Response project.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Adolescent health and well-being

Adolescent emergency medicine and mental health

Trauma-informed models of care

Care coordination and integrated care pathways

Health system responses to intimate partner violence

Family violence and homicide

Co-design, implementation and evaluation

Experience-based co-design

 


My Engagement

Commentaries

Ivers R, Cullen P. Gun laws have saved many lives, so beware One Nation's secret agenda. The Sydney Morning Herald. https://www.smh.com.au/national/gun-laws-have-saved-many-lives-so-beware-one-nation-s-secret-agenda-20190327-p517zr.html

Cullen, P., Clapham, K., Porykali, B., & Ivers, R. (Producer). (2017). Roads to Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: The case for community-led driver licensing support. Croakey. https://croakey.org/roads-to-health-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-the-case-for-community-led-driver-licensing-support/

 

Webinars

Challenging the Status Quo: Research to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families. Lowitja Institute Knowledge Translation Webinar Series. https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/news-and-events/past-lowitja-institute-events/coffee-and-kt-challenging-the-status-quo-research-to-support-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-women-and-families

 

Media

“Dr Patricia Cullen on her research surveying case workers about the impact of Covid-19” ABC Radio, August 29, 2020 https://soundcloud.com/kelfuller/dr-patricia-cullen-on-her-research-surveying-case-workers-about-the-impact-of-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0oZO1lOj7yxhiAlAym9GbJgZUjWEFdC6yHUZ2a0ndkrnAOkf4wXPWPtSc

“Australia’s first women’s trauma recovery centre” – 2Ser Radio, June 11 2020 https://2ser.com/australias-first-womens-trauma-recovery-centre/

“Australia's first domestic violence trauma recovery centre a step closer for the Illawarra” – Illawarra Mercury, March 16 2020 https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6679800/australias-first-domestic-violence-trauma-recovery-centre-a-step-closer-for-illawarra/

“Grieving sister joins calls for trauma recovery centre” – ABC Radio, February 1 2020 https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/grieving-sister-joins-calls-for-trauma-recovery-centre/11920482

"It's not just the dead we should care about" - Canberra Times, June 7 2019. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6204374/its-not-just-the-dead-we-should-care-about/

"Trauma repeats for Aboriginal Mums in jail" - SBS News, April 18, 2019. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/trauma-repeats-for-aboriginal-mums-in-jail

"Driver licence push for Indigenous Australians", March 18, 2019. http://thewire.org.au/story/the-importance-of-licensing-programs-and-drivers-education-for-indigenous-australians/

“Counting dead women and the men behind their violent deaths” – The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2, 2018. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/counting-dead-women-and-the-men-behind-their-violent-deaths-20180601-p4zivp.html

“How this UON professor proved lockout laws lead to less assaults” - Newcastle Herald, November 21, 2017. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5070124/how-this-uon-professor-proved-lockout-laws-lead-to-fewer-assaults/?cs=12

“Australian Indigenous road fatalities as bad as sub-Saharan Africa” – The Sydney Morning Herald, September 19, 2016. https://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-indigenous-road-fatalities-as-bad-as-subsaharan-africa-20160919-grjmy3.html

"Invisible children: research shows up to one in five Aboriginal newborns aren’t registered" - The conversation, July 4, 2016. https://theconversation.com/invisible-children-research-shows-up-to-one-in-five-aboriginal-newborns-arent-registered-61749

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Location

Level 3, Samuels Building, Room 320