Professor Debra Dunstan

Executive Strategy Advisor, Professor - Vice Chancellor's Unit

Debra Dunstan

Phone: +61 02 6773 3764



Professor Debra Dunstan has a career built on horizontal, diagonal and vertical progressions in employment and education.  Professionally, Debra is a Clinical Psychologist and Physiotherapist with over twenty years’ experience gained through roles within the Australian public (State and Commonwealth), NGO and private sectors.  Her area of specialisation and consultation is the prevention and management of work disability.  Since entering the higher education sector, Debra has received prestigious awards for teaching and research.  In this sector, her appointments have captured her skills in management and leadership; business development and innovation; domestic and international engagement; and, quality assurance and regulation.


B.Sc., University of New South Wales; Grad. Dip Phty., University of Sydney; M.Litt., University of New England; M.Psych. (Clinical), Charles Sturt University; M.B.A. (Ed Leadership), Charles Sturt University; Ph.D. (Psychology), Charles Sturt University


2019    Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) - Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.

2019    UNE Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation) Award

2017    UNE School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Science - Excellence in Teaching Award

2013    Work Disability Prevention Program - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Best Researchers Award

2007    The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Churchill Fellowship

Research Interests

  • Work disability prevention and management
  • Modes and models of mental health service delivery


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Fellow, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists (Membership No. 100787)

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

  • Registered Psychologist (Registration No. PSY0001336338) Endorsed in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Physiotherapist (Registration No. PHY0001336339)

Medicare Australia (Provider No. 2615172F)

Higher Education Regulatory Roles

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

  • Appointed Specialist (Psychology): 12 October 2016 – 31 December 2019

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

  • Register of Experts in Higher Education: 2012 – ongoing

Program Accreditation Assessor

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020

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