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Research Committee

The PACFA Research Committee oversees implementation of PACFA’s important role relating to research.

The PACFA Board provides direction on research priorities that form the basis for funding applications to philanthropic trusts, funding bodies and Government agencies.

PACFA has three major roles in relation to research:

  • To facilitate high quality, original research into the processes and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy and into the professions of counselling and psychotherapy, particularly focusing on areas that are important for the profession’s development but where there has been a lack of research activity in Australia to date;
  • To conduct the research necessary to provide data to support PACFA’s position in policy initiatives, including literature searches and reviews; and
  • To disseminate information to the profession about the findings of research relating to counselling and psychotherapy.

Composition of the Research Committee

The Research Committee is to be made up of the following members:

  • Chair appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the committee. (The Chair must have a Higher Degree Research qualification, experience in conducting and publishing research and a demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in the conduct of research.)
  • Research active Board members with a Higher Degree Research qualification; and
  • A minimum of two external advisors who have Higher Degree Research qualifications, experience in conducting and publishing research and a demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in the conduct of research.
  • One external member must be a member of a national body representing carers and consumers.
  • Members with other relevant qualifications may be appointed as required.
  • Working groups may be formed as required to carry out time-limited tasks and projects.
  • External members are engaged through dissemination of committee minutes and attendance at the annual meeting of the committee.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the Research Committee are as follows:

  1. Oversee and ensure implementation of the research agenda of the PACFA Board and Council;
  2. Provide education and guidance for Member Associations on developing an evidence base for the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy through research;
  3. Review the progress of research funded by PACFA to ensure the quality of outcomes;
  4. Develop the research agenda of PACFA collaboratively with other senior researchers and stakeholders;
  5. Review and make recommendations to the PACFA Board on the publication and distribution of PACFA research documents, including information placed on the PACFA website;
  6. Support the work of the PACJA Editor:
    –  commissioning articles suitable for publication in PACJA
    –  reviewing articles, as editorial board members; and

7.  Review Committee Terms of Reference every two years at the annual Research Day.

Download the Research Committee – Terms of Reference

Research Committee Chair: Dr Kim Dunphy
Email: natres@pacfa.org.au

Kim is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit. In this role, she is researching dance movement therapy assessment, particularly the establishment of a framework of outcomes for dance movement therapy. She is also involved in establishing post-graduate training programs in dance movement therapy. Kim is currently President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and Convenor of the International Network for Dance Movement Therapy.

Kim has a long-standing involvement in PACFA as a PACFA Council Delegate representing the DTAA. Kim has a strong research background which makes her ideal to lead PACFA’s Research Committee. She has recently published articles in journals including Arts in Psychotherapy, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, American Journal of Dance Therapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Creativity and Human Development. Kim has also contributed chapters to books including The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, Contemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development, and Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice (produced by PACFA). Kim has also been involved in developing on-line products for evaluation and assessment, including Marking the Moves, the world’s first iPad app for dance movement therapy assessment. Kim’s research interests are informed by earlier career stages as a performing arts educator, dance movement therapist, community artist and local government cultural development professional. Kim is also Director of Many Hands International, an Australian-based NGO that works in Timor-Leste to promote culture in development, and development of culture.

Committee members
Dr Kim Dunphy (Chair)
Gina O’Neill
Dr Elizabeth Day
Assoc Professor Frankie Merritt (on leave)
Dr Tristan Snell
Dinah Buchanan (Practitioner Representative)
Professor Robert King (External Consultant)
Eileen McDonald (Carer Representative)