Researcher biography

Maria is a Senior Research Fellow with the Primary Care Clinical Unit, at The University of Queensland. Her former roles have included researcher with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Quality and Safety in Integrated Primary-Secondary Care between 2012 and 2017, before that she was teaching and researching with The University of Queensland's School of Public Health where she was a Senior Lecturer between 2006 and 2012. She also spent seven years in teaching and research at The University of Queensland's Centre for Primary Health Care and five years before that as a researcher with the National Centre for HIV Social Research.

Maria has a background in social science and health psychology. In her 20 year academic career she has been involved in the design and delivery of research and evaluation projects in areas covering mental health, sexual health, integrated GP-specialist models of health care, chronic disease prevention and management, and health services research. She has been involved with evaluations of large-scale complex health care interventions involving change processes across multiple system levels. Her research has involved state and national policy-based health care and health care reform initiatives.

Areas of research