Profession: Radiation Therapist
Current position: Lecturer
Years Qualified: 24
Research areas of interest: Education. Patient education
Would you describe yourself as a ‘novice’ or ‘experienced’ researcher? Experienced
Research qualifications: Master of Health Science
What is your greatest research achievement?
None of them are great but completing my Masters thesis and publishing my first article both felt pretty good
Why and how did you get involved in research?
Why? I am naturally curious. How? My academic role facilitated getting involved.
How do you balance research/work/family life?
Research is part of my family’s life which helps. Making plans that cause me/us to be be physically removed from opportunities to work and enjoy life instead works pretty well!
How did you find a mentor/supervisor?: Some of my previous post graduate study allowed me to meet some amazing people. I recommend mixing with people outside your own discipline
What was/is your supervisor/mentor’s best advice? Keep going
What do you enjoy most about being involved in research? You never know what is going to happen
What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research?
The biggest personal challenge has consistently been writing up. The temptation is to keep exploring but you have to report to bring meaning to the work. The biggest barriers tend to be those we construct ourselves.
What one piece of advice would you give other researchers?
Research is not a solitary exercise, find a team with a mix of skills and abilities to be part of, then you are more likely to be successful together.