Researcher biography

Dr Lynda Shevellar is a lecturer in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland, Australia. She has previously held roles in government and the community sector, and is influenced by twenty-five years of experience in community development, the disability sector, mental health, education, and psychology.

Lynda has worked extensively with community groups and organisations providing training and development, program and service development, and evaluation. Her work focuses upon the dynamics of personal, organisational and social change, and this interest is supported by studies in a range of intersecting fields. Lynda holds a PhD in Community Development, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, a Master of Education (Training and Development), a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and a BA. She is part of the non-profit Community Praxis Co-op, as well as 'A Place to Belong' - a local mental health network. Some of her recent work has focused upon the practice of community development workers within bureaucracy, the experience of people living with high debt and the impact of high cost credit, supporting people with disabilities and mental health challenges to develop a deeper sense of community belonging, and people's participation in community-based organisations. Please follow this link to find out more about her research profile and current projects.

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