Researcher biography

Associate Professor Diann (Di) Eley is the Director of MD Research, Director of Research Training, and Chair of the Internal Ethics Review Committee in the Faculty of Medicine at UQ. Di's research career began with a Master's of Science degree (MSc) in reproductive physiology at the University of Florida in 1978. She subsequently worked for nearly 20 years as a bench scientist in bio-medical laboratories in Kenya and the UK. In 2000 she began her academic career after receiving her PhD in health and exercise psychology at the University of Bristol. She moved to the School of Medicine at UQ 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 medical specialities, student well-being and career choice. Di 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 MD or MBBS degree.

Di was recognised for her leadership in several School initiatives in medical education, and received the 2015 University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Leadership. [http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/recognition/uq-awards-excellence-2015-recipients]

With an extensive background in research, Di has led successful projects through research funding including ARC Linkage and Discovery grants. Additionally she has recieved UQ and national awards for teaching excellence.

  • 2015: The University of Queensland Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Finalist [https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2015/11/uq's-outstanding-teachers-celebrated] [https://vimeo.com/149706002]
  • 2015: Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Award for Excellence in Service Quality. School of Medicine Research Office Team
  • 2015: The University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Leadership [http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/recognition/uq-awards-excellence-2015-recipients]
  • 2014: Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Senior Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2014: Dean's Award for Innovation in Curriculum Development. School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference
  • 2013: The University of Queensland 2013 'Commendation' for an Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • 2013: The University of Queensland Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence (ATE).
  • 2006: National Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching 2006 – Programs that Enhance Learning: Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching. 'An integrated package of innovative rural medical education: enhancing student outcomes and increasing the rural medical workforce' Eley, Young, Baker, Wilkinson.
  • 2006: The University of Queensland Awards for Enhancement of Student Learning 2006 Programs that Enhance Learning: Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching. Eley, Young, Baker, Wilkinson.
  • 2006: The University of Queensland Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - February 2006 Enabling students to discover the nature and essence of effective rural medical practice through a peer based learning process using modern information technology' – Eley, Baker.
  • 2005: The University of Queensland Awards for Enhancement of Student Learning October 2005 Commendation Award - The UQ Rural Medicine Rotation Allied Health Project: Medical Students as Resource Personnel for Rural Health Professionals' – Young, Eley, Waller, Baker, Hodgeson, Leverrit, Wood.