Researcher biography

Associate Professor Diann (Di) Eley is the Director of MD Research, Director Research Training, and Chair of the Low Negligible Risk Ethics Review Committee in the Faculty of Medicine. Di's research career began with a Master's of Science degree (MSc) in reproductive physiology at the University of Florida in 1978. She subsequently worked for nearly 20 years as a bench scientist in bio-medical laboratories in Kenya and the UK. In 2000 she began her academic career after receiving her PhD in health and exercise psychology at the University of Bristol. She moved to the School of Medicine at UQ in late 2003.

The primary focus of Di's research is medical education, research training and rural health workforce. Her specific area of research interest deals with personality and its association with student well-being, resilience and career choice. Di is responsible for the development and implementation of the Clinician Scientist Track in the Medicine Program which encourages student interest and experience in research, and facilitates medical students undertaking a research higher degree alongside their medical degree.

Di was recognised for her leadership in several Faculty initiatives in medical education, and received the 2015 University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Leadership. [http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/recognition/uq-awards-excellence-2015-recipients]

Di has over 115 peer reviewed publications, and has led successful projects through research funding including ARC Linkage and Discovery grants. Additionally she has received UQ and national awards for teaching excellence.

  • 2015: The University of Queensland Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning [https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2015/11/uq's-outstanding-teachers-celebrated] [https://vimeo.com/149706002]
  • 2015: The University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Leadership [http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/recognition/uq-awards-excellence-2015-recipients]
  • 2014: Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Senior Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2014: Dean's Award for Innovation in Curriculum Development. School of Medicine
  • 2013: The University of Queensland - 'Commendation' for an Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • 2013: The University of Queensland Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • 2006: National Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching – Programs that Enhance Learning: Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching.
  • 2006: The University of Queensland Award for Enhancement of Student Learning. Programs that Enhance Learning: Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching.
  • 2006: The University of Queensland Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
  • 2005: The University of Queensland Awards for Enhancement of Student Learning