Faculty announces six new professorships

18 Dec 2020

The exceptional work of six academic staff members from UQ’s Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences has been recognised with their appointments to Professor.

Associate Professors Derek Arnold, Mark Nielsen and Gail Robinson from UQ’s School of Psychology, Sally Bennett from UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Glen Lichtwark from UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and Irina Vetter from UQ’s School of Pharmacy will assume their professorships on 1 January 2021.

Faculty Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy congratulated the academics on their significant contributions and dedication to their fields, students and the university.

“These academics consistently demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, engagement and leadership, and I look forward to seeing them continue their exemplary work,” Professor Abernethy said.

Dr Mark Nielsen from UQ’s School of Psychology said he was the first in his family to attend university.

“Having never finished high school, I hope my achievements and position as a university Professor show that there are many pathways to your dream career, even if you don’t yet know what that is,” Dr Nielsen said.

“My journey would have been very different without the support of my amazing colleagues and family, and I take this opportunity to thank them all,” he said.

Associate Professor Irina Vetter who holds a joint appointment with UQ’s School of Pharmacy and UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience said she is delighted and honoured that UQ supported her promotion.

“This is very much a team achievement and I would like to thank all my UQ colleagues, mentors, students and the many team members who have contributed in a myriad of ways, both small and large, over the years,” Dr Vetter said.