Thinking collectively about health research for the greater good

26 May 2023

As a clinical psychologist, Professor Analise O'Donovan has worked in leadership roles in a range of mental health settings and at universities since the early 1990s. While universities are often perceived to be competing, Professor O’Donovan sees more value in collaboration.

“Research is too big for lone wolves. To get serious funding and run large-scale health projects that will make a difference to our communities, you must collaborate,” Professor O’Donovan said.

In October 2022, Griffith University joined HTQ and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Griffith Health Group, Professor O’Donovan, joined the HTQ Board.

“It was a homecoming of sorts as I know several HTQ Board members. Everyone has existing connections through work or research, but HTQ is a unique leadership space because we are thinking collectively about Queensland’s health needs.

“All the representatives from the major health organisations must consider where we place our strategic focus for Queensland. That is a different question from the one asked in individual organisations.

“A state focus opens our thinking as everyone brings a different perspective. It also creates opportunities for greater efficiency and impact. Big-picture thinking requires a generous mindset, and I see that at HTQ.”

Professor O'Donovan’s primary research areas include effective training of clinical practitioners, positive psychology, and trauma.

“Mental health is my passion,” Professor O’Donovan said. “Although enormous effort has gone into improving mental health care over the past years, many people are still having a hard time, and we must do more work in this area.

“So, I am particularly interested in what we can do as HTQ to enhance mental health research for the benefit of all Queenslanders,” Professor O’Donovan said.

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