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Executive Research Advisory Panel

Bravehearts’ Executive Research Advisory Panel works towards advancing knowledge and research into matters relating to child sexual assault and its impacts on survivors and non-offending family members.

We are proud of the diversity of the Executive Research Advisory Panel, both in the range of disciplines of its members as well as in the differing views represented.

The Bravehearts Executive Research Advisory Panel is committed to sharing their knowledge and working together to effectively respond to and ultimately prevent child sexual assault in our society.


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Our Panel

  • Assistant Professor Alissa Ackerman (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, California State University, Fullerton)
  • Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen (Founder and CEO of Tech Girls Movement)
  • Peter Bickford (Barrister)
  • Francesca Brown (Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Services, Children’s Health Queensland)
  • Professor Leonie Callaway (Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland)
  • Associate Professor Annie Cossins (Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales)
  • Barbara Cox (Sequel Communications)
  • Dr Larissa Christensen (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Dr Melissa Curley (Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland)
  • Dr Jodi Death (School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Joseph Di Gregorio (Office of the e-Safety Commissioner)
  • Dr Terry Goldsworthy (Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University)
  • Jennifer Hanley (Vice President, Legal & Policy, Family Online Safety Institute, Washington)
  • Dr Margaret Hardy (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta USA)
  • Dr Danielle Harris (Griffith Youth Forensic Service, Griffith University)
  • Professor Daryl Higgins (Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University)
  • Craig Hughes-Cashmore (CEO, Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN))
  • Professor Mark Kebbell (School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University)
  • Dr Rachel King (Team Leader, Lotus Support Services, Micah Projects)
  • Greg Layton (Founder and Executive Coach, Chief Maker)
  • Dr Ben Mathews (Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Professor Paul Mazerolle (Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University)
  • Associate Professor Kieran McCartan (Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England)
  • Dr Elspeth McInnes (School of Education, University of South Australia)
  • Dr Nadine McKillop (University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Jillian Milford-Burgess (Henry Davis York Lawyers)
  • Associate Professor Aileen Pidgeon (Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University)
  • Kathy Prentice (Victim Support Services, Qld Health)
  • Dr Kelly Richards (School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Professor Boni Robertson (Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships, Griffith University)
  • Detective Inspector Jon Rouse (Taskforce Argos, Queensland Police Service)
  • Tess Rowley (Corporate Speaker, Trainer & Writer)
  • Sonya Ryan (Founder, Carly Ryan Foundation)
  • Damian Scattini (Partner at Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers)
  • Associate Professor Cassandra Seery (Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University)
  • Lucy Thomas (Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Project Rockit)
  • Rosie Thomas (Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Project Rockit)
  • Sheryle Vilencia (Psychologist)
  • Liz Walker (Managing Director, Youth Wellbeing Project)
  • Dr Kerryann Walsh (Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Karyn Walsh AM (CEO, Micah Projects)