Joining Everymind in March 2018, Emma works within our Mental Health and Research team across several research projects into mental health promotion. Emma is an experienced researcher with expertise in the field of qualitative inquiry.
Emma is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Anthropology in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. Her research is focused on the shifting constructions of religion and young Australians. Her PhD focuses on the experiences and perspectives of young Australian women involved in witchcraft. Her PhD is based on fieldwork (January 2015 - January 2016) exploring identity, belonging and ritual in witchcraft. Prior to commencing her PhD, Emma completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I) at the University of Newcastle.
Her work has been recognised by the University with the Faculty of Education and Arts Honours Faculty Medal. She has also been awarded the School of Humanities and Social Science award for teaching excellence and providing an exceptional student experience. This award was accompanied by a professional development prize.
Some of Emma’s career highlights include working with Dr Daniella Forster on her project, ‘Experiencing and responding to ethical tensions in education: an analysis of pre-service teachers' experiences and beliefs’. During the completion of her honours thesis she acted as a research assistant for a Sociology/Pedagogy project, ‘Self-development Intervention Program (Rock and Water) and its effects in ten education sites’ headed by Dr Margot Ford.