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Jacinta Hawgood

Psychologist, Qld

Jacinta has worked at AISRAP since 2000, originally as a senior researcher and today as senior lecturer, post graduate program advisor, and course convenor in the Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention and Masters of Suicidology Programs. Jacinta has developed, delivered and evaluated suicide prevention training and education since 2000.

Her specialist clinical and research interests are on the impacts of suicide on the worker, and in suicide risk assessment processes. She is the lead author of Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) protocol, which offers a renewed and client-centred approach to suicide risk assessment.

Jacinta has provided expert advice and guidance on suicide risk assessment to the Queensland Government, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (Qld), Queensland Corrective Services and numerous non-government organisations throughout Australia.

Jacinta has worked on numerous collaborative research and independent consultancy projects and consultancies for Wesley Mission (LifeForce), SANE Australia, Department of Veteran Affairs, Mates in Construction, Suicide Prevention Australia, Roses in the Ocean, Australian Psychological Society, Queensland Corrective Services, and Commonwealth Department of Health.

She is a member on several national and international government and non-government 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 several peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.