Research Co-ordinators

Mbathio Dieng
Louise Heiniger
Adam Walczak
Judy Wilson


Mbathio Dieng

MIPH

Research Co-ordinator

Prior to joining Sydney School of Public Health I worked as a research officer at Cochrane Renal Group (Children’s Westmead Hospital) and as a research coordinator at the National Perinatal and Statistics Unit (NPSU/AIHW). Recently, after completing my Master of International Public Health, I joined The University of Sydney’s School of Public Health working mainly on cervical cancer research. I am working with Dr Lyndal Trevena on "A randomized trial of a web-based toolkit for applying evidence in the general practice cervical cancer prevention visit."

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9 3513137
Email: mbathio.dieng@sydney.edu.au


Louise Heiniger

BSc Psychology (Hons), PhD (Medical Psychology)

Research Co-ordinator

I completed Psychology Honours in 2007 and have worked in psycho-oncology at CeMPED since February 2008. For five years, I worked on a large prospective study (the kConFab Psychosocial study) of women at increased familial risk of breast cancer. This study investigated the role of psychosocial factors (e. g. stress, anxiety, depression) in the development of breast cancer, with a large sub-study investigating, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact of undergoing risk-reducing mastectomy and oophorectomy. I completed a PhD in April 2013, which investigated distress and adaptation among women at increased familial risk of breast cancer. Since mid-2013, I have been developing an online psychological intervention aimed at reducing depression and anxiety in men who have been treated for testicular cancer.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
PoCoG, Level 6, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (C39Z)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9036 5291
Fax: +61 2 9036 5223
Email: louise.heiniger@sydney.edu.au


Adam Walczak

BPsych (Hons)

Research Co-ordinator

I joined CeMPED in 2009 to coordinate a NHMRC study evaluating a multifocal Doctor/Patient/Carer communication intervention aimed at improving quality-of-life and quality of death for patients with incurable cancer. I am also completing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Phyllis Butow and A/Prof. Josephine Clayton. Prior to joining CeMPED, I worked at the University of New South Wales on an emotion-focused and family-based clinical therapy study for childhood and adolescent behavioural and emotional difficulties. I completed my BPsych (Hons) at Macquarie University in 2006 investigating the relationships between personality and health risk driving behaviours and self-report and driving simulator assessments of risk behaviour. My particular interests are the psychosocial impacts of severe, life-limiting or chronic illness on children and adolescents, and treatments and resources that can reduce family and patient burdens.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
PoCoG, Level 6, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (C39Z)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9036 9192
Fax: +61 2 9036 5292
Email: adam.walczak@sydney.edu.au


Dr Judy Wilson

BA(Hons), MPsych(Clin), PhD

Research Co-ordinator

I am currently working part-time as coordinator of the kConFab Psychosocial Study, a role which I commenced in 2004. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the Kathleen Cunningham Consortium for research into Familial breast cancer (kConFab), and examines the role of psychosocial factors (such as anxiety, depression, stress and social support) in the development of breast cancer among women from high-risk families. Prior to commencing work at Sydney University, I completed a Master of Clinical Psychology/PhD degree at Macquarie University. My PhD research examined cognitive factors in social phobia, as well as cognitive factors which differentiate social anxiety versus depression.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
PoCoG, Level 6, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (C39Z)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9036 6129
Fax: +61 2 9036 5292
Email: jwilson@med.usyd.edu.au