Staff profiles

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research and Innovation)

Professor Leigh Sullivan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Leigh Sullivan profileProfessor Leigh Sullivan is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He is responsible for leading the strategic research direction and overall research quality and performance of the University.

Professor Sullivan manages, and is supported by, the Research Services office.

Phone: 03 5327 9745

Rebecca Perovic
Executive Assistant to Leigh Sullivan
03 5327 9825

Graduate School

Professor Caroline Finch

Executive Dean of Graduate Studies

The role of the Graduate School is to support Higher Degree by Research programs across the university and to develop and implement policies relating to Higher Degress by Research.

The Graduate School is led by the Executive Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Caroline Finch.

Caroline has been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and in the top three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.

Her research has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, VicHealth, IOC, the US and Canadian National Institutes of Health, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and from peak sports bodies including the International Rugby Board, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Australian Football League (AFL) and Cricket Australia, to name a few. She contributes to the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention, Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology, International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion and Sports Medicine.

Phone: 03 5362 6338

Research Services

The role of Research Services is to facilitate research through the provision of support services to the wider University community, to ensure that research is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, and to develop and implement policies relating to research and research training.

Profiles of Research Services staff members are displayed below.

Download Research Services Organisational Chart - March 2014 (pdf, 61kb)

Ms Sharon Kitt
Director, Research Services

Sharon KittSharon has had extensive prior experience in research administration and policy. She was previously the Manager for Research Information Services reporting to the DVCR at Swinburne for approximately five years, the Strategy and Planning Analyst and Faculty Research Manager at Deakin for approximately five years, Business Manager at Bayside Health and Research Project Officer at the University of Melbourne.

Phone: 03 5327 9894

Professor Rob Wallis

Rob WallisPreviously the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional & Rural) at Deakin University (retired) and Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Ballarat (until July 2009), Professor Wallis has published over 150 articles in a range of fields covering marsupial physiology, vertebrate ecology, wildlife management, environmental education and rural and regional engagement.

Phone: 03 5362 2600

Research Funding
Tina D'Urbano Senior Administrative Grants Officer (Team Leader) 5122 6872
Jane Eltringham Administrative Officer Research Grants, Contracts & Finance 5327 6735
Tara Harle Research Finance Coordinator 5122 6360
Research Ethics and Integrity
Lauren QuinlanResearch Ethics and Integrity 6481
Fiona Koop Ethics Officer (Ballarat) 5327 9765
Irene Hall Ethics Officer (Gippsland) 5122 6446
Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
Jodie Knight Finance and Administrative Officer 5327 9949
Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) and Training
Rebekah Bailey Team Leader (Research Strategy and HDR) 5327 9059
Jill Boatman Administration Officer 5327 9067
Joanne Davis Administration Officer 5327 6680
Lauren Peldys Administrative Officer 5327 9302
Linda Butler Administrative Officer 5122 6345
Paula DiMaria Research Training & Development Coordinator 5122 6591
Dr Rob Watson Graduate Centre Coordinator 5327 9725
Emily HearnshawPA to Professor 6173
Research Strategy
Raimond Placidi Research Performance Officer 5327 6288
Katie Donnelly Project Coordinator 5327 9526