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Conquer Headaches: The Headache and Migraine Program


Professor Paul Martin

Maria Lawlor

Dr Moira Callan
Dr Rachele Aiello
Dr Archana Kaur

Karen Gregg


Professor Paul R Martin
Professor Paul MartinProfessor Martin completed his undergraduate training at the University of Bristol, his clinical training through the Oxfordshire Regional Health Authority and British Psychological Society, and his doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He held his first staff position in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, prior to moving to Australia in 1979 to take up a Lectureship in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University. He subsequently taught at the University of Western Australia for 16 years before being appointed Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of New England in 1996. In 2002, he accepted the position of Innovation Professor (Health & Clinical Psychology) at RMIT University, to provide leadership in behavioural health research. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University and Director of Psychology for Southern Health in 2006.

Professor Martin has held a number of professional leadership positions starting with National President of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association from 1984 to 1985. He was Director of Science of the Australian Psychological Society from 1997 to 2000, and President of the Society from 2000 to 2004. He is currently President of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology.

Professor Martin's research interests are: migraine and tension-type headache; stress, anxiety and depression, particularly postnatal depression; social networks and support, particularly interventions to increase support; cardiovascular disease, particularly assessment of risk via the internet; and treatment of obesity. He has published seven books and over 120 journal articles and chapters.

Professor Martin is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal for "services to Australian society and medicine".

Maria Lawlor
Maria LawlorMaria received her Diploma in Administration at Clarendon College, England. She has worked as an Executive Assistant for many years in medium to large sized organisations both in England and Australia. Maria has worked for the past 3 years as the Executive Assistant to Professor Paul Martin, the Professor of Clinical Psychology, Monash University and Director of Psychology, Southern Health. Maria's role is to ensure efficient work flow and time management by determining priority and ensuring the Professor is fully appraised of matters requiring attention.

Dr Moira Callan
Dr Moira CallanMoira is a Research Fellow working as part of Professor Paul Martin's team on the Conquer headaches program, based at Monash Medical Centre. She is project manager of the NH&MRC funded MaTCH: Mastery of Triggers to Conquer Headaches project. In this position Moira is involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating a CBT based treatment programme for managing the triggers of chronic headaches. Moira is a health psychologist who has recently completed her doctorate in health psychology on the topic of 'Coping in the self-regulation of chronic illness: A mixed methods study' at La Trobe University. As a registered nurse for the past 15 years she has a long-standing interest in health, particularly in relation to the impact of chronic illness and the promotion of wellness.

Dr Rachele Aeillo

Dr Rachele AeilloRachele is a Research Fellow in Psychological Medicine, Monash University and is currently the Project Manager of Professor Paul Martin's beyondblue-funded study entitled, HeaD-ON (Headaches and Depression - Overcome Now), which is part of Conquer Headache - The Headache and Migraine Program. HeaD-ON is a clinical trial of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for co-morbid chronic headaches and depression. Treatment will be delivered by clinical psychologists in private practice around Melbourne.

Rachele completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Her doctoral research was a longitudinal study of adolescent mothers and their infants. The results of this study have been published, and have presented at a number of national and international conferences. Rachele, who previously worked on an adolescent self injury project at Monash University, is also currently working as a registered clinical Psychologist.

Dr Archana Kaur

Dr Archana KaurArchana is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry and is part of the Conquer Headaches: The Headache and Migraine Program led by Professor Paul Martin. Her research interests include examining the effectiveness of CBT in mastering triggers to conquer headaches (MaTCH program), cross-cultural research, studying the behaviour of individuals with developmental disorders, exploring the outcome of inpatients diagnosed with an affect- or psychosis-related disorder, ADHD, CBT in Selective Mutism, and research methods and design. The results of her research and research projects she has been part of have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as international level conferences. Archana is also a registered Clinical Psychologist who has completed some training in CBT, Schema Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She worked at the Institute of Mental Health-Woodbridge Hospital in Singapore before joining Monash University.

Karen Gregg

Karen GreggKaren is currently working in The Conquer Headaches Program as a Research Assistant for the MaTCH study. Karen began her professional career as a generalist Primary teacher followed by various positions in Educational sales and training. She returned to tertiary study completing a Post Graduate in Psychological Studies at Victoria University. In 2007 she completed a Bachelor of Arts (honours in Psychology) at The University of Melbourne and was subsequently employed as a Research Assistant throughout 2008 to July 2009. During this time she conducted three consecutive ARC grant allocated studies on children's routes to understanding of addition and subtraction.

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