Project Team

Lou Harms is a Professor in the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne and Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Staff Development) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Lou practised as a hospital social worker before moving to the University where her research and teaching interests are in trauma, growth and recovery. She leads the Trauma Recovery and Resilience Research Program and has published extensively on this topic.

Rhonda Abotomey is a Research Assistant for the Black Saturday Post-traumatic Growth Project housed in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. A former corporate accountant, Bushfires Royal Commission witness and VBRRA Bushfire Bereaved Advisory Group Member, she is a passionate advocate for improved trauma management systems. Rhonda lost multiple family members in the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires.

David Rose is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne. He has previously practiced in mental health and related fields and has undertaken research on PTG in families impacted by a relative’s drug use.

Barbara Bolt is a practicing artist and art theorist at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has written extensively on artistic research and the ethical implications of art as research and on new materialisms.  She is author of Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (I.B. Tauris, 2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (I.B.Tauris, 2011) and has co-edited four books. Her website is:

Robyn Woodward-Kron is Associate Professor of healthcare communication in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School. Her research and development interests include health professional patient communication and multimedia resources for improving clinician communication.

Jenny Waycott is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Her research is broadly concerned with understanding the role new technologies play in people’s learning, work, and social lives. Her recent work has focused on the design and use of social technologies to support older adults and housebound people who are socially isolated.