Dr Dominika Kwasnicka promoted to Level C Senior Research Fellow

Dr Dominika Kwasnicka joined University of Melbourne and our CRE just over a year ago and this month she has been promoted to Level C Senior Research Fellow. She has made a significant contribution to knowledge and to our CRE. She is a behavioural scientist trained in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine (PhD), in Public Health and Health Services Research (Master of Science with distinction), and in Psychology (Master of Arts). She works as full-time researcher in Digital Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne, funded by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes, Australia. She is a multidisciplinary and independent behavioural scientist who is demonstrating Australian and international leadership in digital health research.

Since joining UoM, she has been a named Chief Investigator on successful funding applications totalling $1,709,555.80 AUD, she co-authored 14 peer reviewed publications (7 as a first author, majority published in Q1 journals). She has co-edited two books and presented her work at invited events and conferences (7 talks in total since joining UoM). She has also actively engaged with media and public (including invited TV appearances on 9News).

Overall, in research, she has made independent and original contributions, which expanded knowledge in behavioural science and had a significant impact on the field. Her research is acknowledged at a national and international level as being influential in expanding the knowledge (23.33% of her publications are in the top 10% most cited publications worldwide, InCites, 26.06.2021).
Dr Dominika Kwasnicka a chair and leader of the Open Digital Health non-for-profit organisation that promotes the wider use of open digital health solutionswww.opendigitalhealth.org. The aim of this organisation is to advance health science by accelerating the progress of evidence-based digital health technologies. In her role, she leads and coordinates a group of scientists, healthcare providers and commercial partners (over 150 people from 51 countries) to establish a consensus on how to best build a database of open digital health tools to benefit health providers, patients, and the community. The aim is to advance digital health by reusing evidence-based digital technologies testing and implementing them across different contexts and settings.

She is a Lead Editor of the Practical Health Psychology http://www.practicalhealthpsychology.com. This is an online international publication that informs health care professionals about the most topical findings in behavioural science research. The publication is translated to 28 languages and disseminated across 41 countries. She leads a team of 6 Head Editors and 45 National Editors who translate and disseminate posts. The posts are sourced from world leading scientists to inform practice, and last year the blog reached more than 100,000 unique readers.

In the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes, Australia, Dr Dominika Kwasnicka is a member of the CRE Management Committee, responsible for operational aspects of the Centre and also a member of the CRE Research Committee, responsible for setting the CRE’s research agenda. Recently, she has also co-secured seed funding (54,000 AUD) and became a co-leader of a research group working through the University of Melbourne and Berlin Universities Alliance. This is an international collaboration and knowledge exchange network working on the digital health topics, building and maintaining collaborative networks necessary to achieve research outcomes beyond her current institution.
Dr Kwasnicka also demonstrates contribution to professional societies at the international level. She is an elected Executive Committee Member for the European Health Psychology Society, a leader of the Open Digital Health team. She was also a member of the Open Science advisory group, establishing recommendations for the Society of Behavioral Medicine and currently is a committee member of Publications and Communications Council within the same Society.

Dr Kwasnicka is a sought-after collaborator on digital health research projects both in and outside Australia with a particular reputation for behavioural science research. Her research has substantial translation value that is connected to significant policy and program advancements in a range of areas. Professor Jane Gunn, Dean Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has congratulated Dr Kwasnicka on her promotion effective 1st September 2021.

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