Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Community mental health and well-being
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Adult and emerging adult mental health
  • Qualitative research

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Jenny Sharples

Jenny's research and practice interests include:

  • strengths based perspectives on mental health and wellness
  • inclusion and diversity
  • working with community organisations on evaluation and development of evidence base for programs and practice.

She is currently working on projects with community partners that aim to promote inclusion and health for young people with diverse backgrounds. Jenny and colleagues also work with the Community Foundation of the Western bulldogs to promote health and inclusion and Jenny works with Dr Kim Shearson on projects that aim to reduce violence against women.

Qualifications

  • BBSc, LTU, Australia, 1980
  • MPsyc (Clinical), LTU, Australia, 1984
  • PhD, UniMelb, Australia, 2004

Key publications

Year Citation
2011 Gridley, H., Astbury, J., Sharples, J., Aguirre, C., Wellness, Promotion., & Victorian, Health. (110101). Benefits of group singing for community mental health and wellbeing : survey and literature review. Carlton, Vic.: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Year Citation
2004 Sharples, J., Bruck, D., Cherednichenko, B., Kruger, T., & Tilden, B. (040101). Talking Communities: Sharing Information and Ideas for Community Building.
2004 Sharples, J., Bruck, D., Cherednichenko, B., & Kruger, T. (040101). Talking Communities: Sharing Information and Ideas for Community Building.

Year Citation
2016 Hallam, K. T., Livesay, K., Morda, R., Sharples, J., Jones, A., & De, Courten. (160101). Do commencing nursing and paramedicine students differ in interprofessional learning and practice attitudes: Evaluating course, socio-demographic and individual personality effects. BMC Medical Education, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0605-5

2010 Gridley, H., ASTBURY, J., Aguirre, C., & Sharples, J. (100101). In the middle of the sound: Group singing, community mental health and wellbeing. UNESCO Observatory Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts eJournal, 2(1), (1-20).
2006 Sharples, J. (060101). The Use of Psychological Theories of Development and Adjustment in the Broader Culture to Support the Political Agenda: A critical view. The Australian Community Psychologist, 18(3), (80-84).
2005 Tilden, B., Charman, D., Sharples, J., & Fosbury, J. (050301). Identity and adherence in a diabetes patient: Transformations in psychotherapy. Qualitative Health Research, 15(3), (312-324).

doi: 10.1177/1049732304272965

2003 Sharples, J. M. (030301). Broadening horizons at the micro level. Journal of Health Psychology, 8(2), (237-239).

doi: 10.1177/1359105303008002666

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the gender equality through the Arts Grants Program
From: VicHealth
Investigators: Dr Kim Shearson, Aspr Gavin Ivey, Aspr Christopher Sonn
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Rural Enhanced Model Development
From: Murray PHN Limited ABN : 92 156 423 755
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Western Bulldogs Community Foundation: Activity Schedule 3 of Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Western Bulldogs and Victoria University
From: Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
Investigators: Dr Kim Shearson, Dr Carolyn Deans
For period: 2018-2021
Not disclosed

Delivering Regional Health Care to Young People with Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
From: YSAS Pty Ltd
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Western Bulldogs Community Foundation: Common minimum data capture
From: Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
Investigators: Dr Carolyn Deans
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Evaluation of YoDAA
From: YSAS Pty Ltd
For period: 2016-2016
Not disclosed
Evaluation Research: VICSEG South Sudandese Engagement Program (Melton Pilot Project) - Student Engagement and Support Program
From: VICSEG New Futures
For period: 2016-2017
$15,000

Evaluation Research: VICSEG South Sudanese Student Engagement Program (Melton pilot project)
From: VICSEG New Futures
For period: 2015-2017
$10,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
7 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Withdrawn - Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Withdrawn - Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Jenny is Professor of Psychology, she teaches in the Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) and the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology). She supervises research theses in these courses.

  • APM6013 Psychology of Community Health
  • APC6088 Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • APC7006 Health Psychology

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
May 2010 - Dec 2012
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development
Victoria University
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development
Victoria University
Jul 2016 - Dec 2016
Dean, College of Arts
Victoria University
Apr 2008 - May 2010
Head, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Victoria University
Jan 2006 - Apr 2008
Head, School of Psychology
Victoria University
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
May 2010 -
Dec 2012
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development
Victoria University
Jul 2012 -
Dec 2012
Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development
Victoria University
Jul 2016 -
Dec 2016
Dean, College of Arts
Victoria University
Apr 2008 -
May 2010
Head, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Victoria University
Jan 2006 -
Apr 2008
Head, School of Psychology
Victoria University
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Oct 2014 - Oct 2019
Chair
College of Community Psychologists National Committee, APS
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 2014 - Oct 2019
Chair
College of Community Psychologists National Committee, APS

Awards

Year Award
2002

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training – Research Team - Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, College of Community Psychologists
  • Fellow, College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia