Senior Lecturer at Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)
Jacinta has worked at AISRAP since 2000, firstly as a Senior Research Assistant and since 2004 in a lecturing role in suicidology. In 2001-2002, Jacinta was involved in the development of the Graduate Certificate in Suicidology and Master of Suicidology Programs, the first of their kind in the world. Further, since 2000, Jacinta has developed, delivered and evaluated suicide prevention training for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. Jacinta has specialist education, clinical and research interest in suicide risk assessment processes, personal suicide stigma, and the impacts of suicide on the worker.
Jacinta is the lead author of Systematic Tailored Assessment for Responding to Suicidality (STARS) protocol published first in 2015 and updated in 2018. She is the Co-ordinator of STARS training workshops delivered nationally and internationally to a range of allied health, health, emergency, welfare, and community workers. She has worked clinically with suicidal people for 20 years and has supervised other psychologists in this domain for over a decade.
Jacinta provides expert advice and guidance on suicide risk assessment to state and national government departments and private organisations nationally. Jacinta has worked on numerous research projects and consultancies in the suicide prevention sector pertaining mostly to suicide prevention training evaluation including lived experience suicide prevention training, but also personal suicide stigma and impacts of suicide on the worker. She is a member of several national and international advisory boards regarding suicide prevention and has a reviewing role for peer-reviewed journals in this domain. She has presented research findings at a range of state, national and international conferences has co-authored and edited a book, book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field.
- Master of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University, Australia
- Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Griffith University, Australia
- Bachelor of Psychology, Griffith University, Australia
- Bachelor of Social Sciences, Queensland University of technology, Brisbane, Australia
- Suicide prevention research