Research team

Our team includes staff with quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation expertise. Many research staff have experience in service delivery alongside methodological knowledge.

We employ Lived Experience Researchers and support broader development of lived experience expertise through a community of practice for people with both lived experience and an interest in research.


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Will Thorpe

Will Thorpe (he/him) is a lived experience researcher/practitioner living on sovereign Kaurna country.
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Liam Friganiotis

Liam (He/Him) is a seasoned quantitative data specialist currently serving as a Consumer Data Coordinator.
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Rebecca Egan

Bec (she/they/we) is a qualitative Lived Experience Researcher.
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Emily Castagnini

Emily is a mental health researcher with technical skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and in health program evaluation obtained in her Masters of Public Health.
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Dr James Coutinho

James (them/they) is a social scientist with a background in organisation studies and expertise in mixed-research methods.
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Sarah O’Connor

Sarah (she/her) is a mental health researcher who spends her time supporting consumer feedback processes and co-ordinating a range of research and evaluation projects.
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Dr Mathew Ling

Mathew is a social scientist with a background in psychology.
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Cristal Hall

Cristal is a Research and Design Coordinator.
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Keren Wolstencroft

Keren’s (she/her) present role in the Research & Evaluation team is primarily centred around supporting the development and implementation of Neami’s approach to practice (Collaborative Relational Practice).
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Dr. Priscilla Ennals

Priscilla (she/her) has worked in the role of Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at Neami National since 2016.
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Rebecca Spies

Bek (she/her) is a qualitative researcher, passionate about participatory approaches to research and evaluation and their potential to disrupt the status quo and redistribute power.
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