Professor Prasuna Reddy

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Professor Prasuna Reddy



Currently, Professor Reddy is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast; Visiting Professor in Health Services and Population Health Research at King’s College London; and Director of Australian Health Resources, an executive coaching and organisational development consultancy. In 2015-2016, Prasuna completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Oxford University, the Company Director program at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a 6-month sabbatical in the Centre for Implementation Science, King’s College London.

Prasuna has an exceptionally strong history of executive leadership in both academic and health services research settings. Her previous and current roles as Director of university research centres, membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and senior research leadership positions have strengthened her skills and experience in people management, strategy, policy, stakeholder engagement, and executive and financial management. Previous positions have included Professor of Mental Health Services, Research and Innovation and Director of the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine; Director of Health Services Implementation Research in the Centre for Population Health Deakin University; Clinical Professor and Convenor of Ethics, Law and Professional Practice at Deakin Medical School; Professor and Director of Research, Flinders University School of Medicine and Public Health; and Senior Lecturer positions at University of Melbourne School of Behavioural Science, and Swinburne University where Prasuna was course convenor for postgraduate programs in health and organisational psychology.

Prasuna has an extensive background in postgraduate public health and organisational psychology teaching, research and practice, behavioural health interventions, implementation and improvement science, health services research, policy and practice, population health research, and models of integrated healthcare. Prasuna has achieved international recognition for her work in establishing translational health intervention programs for the primary and secondary prevention and management of chronic disease, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes in primary care, and advocacy for mental health in global strategy.

Her capabilities in applied health and organisational psychology have been put to good use in assisting vulnerable communities with capacity building and overcoming adversity. Prasuna has skills, knowledge and experience across a broad health care remit, with particular expertise in application of quantitative applied methodologies such as workforce mapping, social network analysis, mathematical modelling of social determinants of health, evaluation of hospital and community health interventions, health services quality improvement, and implementation programs for populations at risk of non-communicable disease and with co-morbid physical and mental health conditions.

Prasuna has developed strong professional, government, community and NGO links and well established networks in the health sector and industry through extensive research projects and programs, executive and organisational consultancies, service on NFP Boards and university and hospital committees, and work in a range of health services positions and research positions at several leading universities in Australia and the UK. Many of her NHMRC, ARC and international competitive research grants are focused on social inequalities and disparities in physical and mental health conditions.

Prasuna has achieved a number of awards for excellence in professional education and applied research. In addition to a notable record of peer-reviewed grants and publications, Prasuna has co-authored textbooks in ethics and professional practice, and prevention of diabetes. Prasuna has held senior consulting positions in Australia, including the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, National Centre for Gender & Cultural Diversity, and both National and NSW Mental Health Commissions. Current positions include Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Health Initiatives University of Wollongong, Visiting Professor and Associate of Maudsley International at King’s College London, and Professorial Fellow at the O’Brien Centre for Urban Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Network in Sydney.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow, APS College of Health Psychologists
  • Member, APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • Fellow, APS College of Organisational Psychologists
  • Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, European Health Psychology Society
  • Member, World NCD Foundation
  • Member, International Foundation of Integrated Care
  • Visiting Professor, King's College London
  • Chair, Diabetes Australia NDSS Health Mental Health Expert Reference Group
  • Editor, International Journal of Non-Communicable Diseases

HDR and Honours supervision

  • L. Kanowski, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle:  Developing a mental health resilience program with Australian Aboriginal communities
  • M. Perceval, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle:  Development and evaluation of SCARF for community and clinical leaders
  • M. Anderson, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle:  Towards a better understanding of psychosocial rehabilitation intervention
  • M. Morgan, MD candidate, Flinders University:  by publication

University of Melbourne

  • 6 PhD
  • 7 DPsych
  • 4 MPsych
  • 10 Honours

Flinders University

  • 2 PhD

Swinburne University

  • 8 MPsych
  • 16 Graduate Diploma
  • 15 Honours
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