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Emeritus Professor Jan Piek

Professor Jan Piek

Jan Piek is Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, and was responsible for leading the Building Mental Wealth team and ensuring it was appropriately managed. She has extensive experience in the supervision and mentoring of both research staff and students, with over 20 students completing their doctorate under her supervision. Over the last 20 years, Professor Piek has built up two major research programs, one in the area of infant motor development and the other examining developmental disorders, including Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism, funded by over $2M in research grants. This research has resulted in over 120 publications including 3 books, 7 book chapters, and over 90 peer reviewed journal articles. She is Section Editor for the international journal, Human Movement Science, and has received numerous awards including the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in 1996, and the Paul G Dunn Research Development Award recognising research excellence in 2012. A particular highlight was the Healthway Health Promotion Research Project Award in 2006 for the research project titled Promoting Resilience in West Kimberley Aboriginal Children and Youth, which generated the Baawa Ingul Gooron Youth Project. Jan was a chief investigator on this project.

While Jan provided mentorship to the team as a whole, she was also directly involved in the following projects:

Aboriginal Perspective on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD in metropolitan Western Australian Aboriginal children

If you're kaarty and you know it clap your hands

Negotiating the 'contested arena' of Indigenous mental health: An investigation of the discursive strategies employed by clients and employees when engaging in the context of Indigenous mental health service