Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975