Call for indigenous psychologists

Associate Professor Dawn Darlaston-Jones is joining a research project to increase the number of indigenous psychologists.
Associate Professor Dawn Darlaston-Jones is joining a research project to increase the number of indigenous psychologists.

Dawn Darlaston-Jones, the Behavioural Science program coordinator at the university, will join other academics from all around the country for the project, which also received a $350,000 federal grant.

She said the research had the potential to change lives.

‘Aboriginal students don’t yet see psychology as a legitimate post-secondary option and non-indigenous students are rarely exposed to the role that the discipline played in our colonial history, and both these aspects need to change,’ she said.

The Curricular Approaches to Increasing Cultural Competence and Indigenous Participation in Psychology Education and Training project aims to maximise the recruitment and retention of indigenous students and to integrate indigenous knowledge and content in psychology for all students.