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Dr Kelly Bennett

Photograph of Dr Kellie Bennett wearing a pink top Dr Kellie Bennett (PhD, MPsych, GradDipEd, MAPS) is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at The University of Western Australia where she undertakes research, teaching, and supervises students.

A/Prof Bennett’s current research interests include: Mental Health and Well-Being, Psycho-oncology and Medical Communication.

Dr Bennett employs the pedagogical approaches of authentic learning and incorporating teaching that addresses the psychological needs of university students to empower her teaching to be effective. Authentic teaching practices include the award winning ‘Claassen Institute of Psychiatry for Medical Students’, a program where students are immersed in clinical environments including psychiatric hospitals, prisons, substance use treatment clinics, and sexual assault centres.  A pedagogical approach to impart skills to support and improve student psychological wellbeing has been implemented, largely through a unit entitled Mental Wellbeing for Today’s World. Dr Bennett teaches students to explore illness with empathy and to recognise that excellent communication skills and human psychology will help them throughout their careers and lives.

In addition to a wide range of publications in peer-reviewed journals, A/Prof Bennett has also co-authored a statistical textbook for health research entitled “Statistics by SPSS: A Practical Guide” which is currently in its 4th edition and has sold over 8,000 copies to local and international health researchers and universities.


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