BAppSc; MHSc: PhD
Professor Whiteford is currently in the position of Strategic Professor/Conjoint Chair of Allied Health and Community Wellbeing a newly established position between the Mid North Coast LHD of NSW Health and CSU. Professor Whiteford has held several senior positions over time at universities in Australia and New Zealand and was Australia’s first Pro Vice Chancellor of Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. In her home discipline of Occupational Therapy she has been a thought leader, scholar and researcher for over two decades and enjoys an international profile. Professor Whiteford is currently project leader of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists project convening a team of researchers from around the world in research and initiatives aimed at exploring the links between occupational participation and wellbeing. She has been the recipient of a Canadian Award for her Outstanding Contribution to the profession internationally and in 2017 received one of Australia’s highest awards in occupational therapy, the Freda Jacobs Award. She is an inaugural Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy and is current Chair of the OTA Research Foundation.
Being in a research only, Conjoint role, position means Professor Whiteford only does sessional lectures for students in Allied Health.