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Diann S Eley
Associate Professor Diann (Di) Eley is the Director of MD Research in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland (UQ). Di chairs the Student Research Committee, the Faculty Low Negligible Risk Ethics Committee, and is deputy chair of the UQ Human Research Ethics Committee. Di’s research career began with an MSc in reproductive physiology at the University of Florida. She subsequently worked for nearly 20 years as a bench scientist in Kenya and the UK. In 2000, she began her academic career after receiving a PhD in health and exercise psychology at the University of Bristol. She moved to the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland 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 behaviour around student well-being and career choice. Di has over 120 peer-reviewed publications, and over 20 externally funded research projects in medical education and rural workforce. She leads the medical student research program at UQ and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Clinician Scientist Track, which encourages student interest and experience in research, and facilitates medical students undertaking a research higher degree alongside their medical degree.