Our Board of Directors

The Mater Research Board of Directors is a diverse and dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the endeavours of the institute and its mission. The broad spectrum of experience and professional backgrounds provides Mater Research with strong leadership, knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the prevention and treatment of conditions through all stages of life.

Professor Elizabeth Eakin—Associate Dean, Research

Professor Elizabeth Eakin is the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

In this role Elizabeth is responsible for the co-development, facilitation and promotion of the strategic direction of research within the Faculty, improvements in the quality and impact of that research, and the growth of local, national and international research collaborations.

Since joining UQ as a Principal Research Fellow in 2005, Elizabeth has been on a rising research leadership trajectory which includes 15 years of continuous NHMRC Research Fellowship funding and designation as a Thompson-Reuters Highly Cited Scholar for 2016. She has been Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre in the School of Public Health since 2011, Head of the School’s Division of Disease Prevention and Control since 2013 and Deputy Head of School since 2016.

Elizabeth is a clinical psychologist whose research program sits at the intersection of clinical and public health approaches to cancer prevention through to survivorship. She has developed numerous partnerships across the cancer control community – including with consumers, clinicians, researchers nationally and internationally and cancer control organisations - which have facilitated the uptake her team’s work on telephone health coaching by state-level organisations across Australia.