Emeritus professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage. With a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, her primary academic, research and volunteer work focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples.
She developed the ‘We Al-li’ program to which she is now an advisor. Her book, Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, provides context to the life stories of people who have moved/been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people as they make connections with each other and share their stories of healing.
Judy retired at the end of 2010, working with communities in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste, in educational – healing work, what she calls educaring.