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Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

Telephone +61 8 8313 5738
Position Head of School
Fax +61 8 8313 3770
Building Hughes Building
Floor/Room 7 13
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Psychology

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Biography/ Background

Professor Anna Chur-Hansen is a Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Health Psychology, who holds a PhD in Medical Education. 

Awards & Achievements


Carrick Citation (was then ALTC, now OLT) “Outstanding contributions to research and literature related to the education of health professionals which have benefited the learning experiences of students locally, nationally and internationally”.

University of Adelaide Stephen Cole the Elder Teaching Award.

University of Adelaide Stephen Cole the Elder Teaching Award – High Commendation.


University of Adelaide School of Population Health and Clinical Practice Prize for Scholarship in Education – Honourable Mention.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry – “Most important papers of 2003” – Awarded by Professorial team peer review, for co-authored paper on patients’ perceptions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

ANZAME: The Association for Health Professional Education Award for Research.  Awarded based on consistent research in health professional education and dissemination of the results in peer reviewed journals.


Australian Psychological Society 2011 National College of Health Psychologists Award of Distinction.

Australian Psychological Society South Australian Branch Award 2008, for significant contributions to the South Australian section of the College of Health Psychologists.

Teaching Interests

Interdisciplinary approaches to health care. 

Human behaviour and experiences considered from psychological, anthropological and biological perspectives.

Health Psychology.

Co-co-ordinator Master of Psychology (Health).

Qualitative research methods.

Contributions throughout the Psychology curriculum.

Research Interests

Professor Chur-Hansen has two main areas of research endeavour.

One is Health Professional Education, with an emphasis on the education of medical undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The other is Health Psychology, with an emphasis on patients' perceptions of their health and illness and the health care they receive.  The other major theme within Health Psychology involves the role of companion animals in human physical and mental health.

Current and most recent PhD students:

Ethel Chung Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD - Non-traditional university students and mental health.  Co-supervisor Professor Deb Turnbull (Psychology)

Katie Crocker PhD – IBS, sexuality and intimacy. Co-supervisor A/Professor Jane Andrews (Medicine)

Amaya Gilson PhD – Ethnography of genetic counselling.  Co-supervisors Dr Shona Crabb (Public Health) and Dr Susan Hemer (Anthropology) - completed, with Dean's Commendation.

Sonia Masciantonio PhD – An Ethnography of a parent-infant psychiatric facility.  Co-supervisor Dr Susan Hemer (Anthropology) - completed.

Dr Felicity Ng PhD – Depression and palliative care.  Co-supervisors A/Professor Greg Crawford (Medicine/Mary Potter Hospice) and Dr Rajan Nagesh (Psychiatry) - graduated with Dean's Commendation.

Melissa Opolski PhD – Psychological aspects of surgery for obesity.  Co-supervisor Professor Gary Wittert (Medicine)

Gigetta Salamone-Violi PhD – User satisfaction in an inpatient psychiatric mental health unit.  Co-supervisor Professor Helen Winefield (Psychology)

Carly Sutherland Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD - Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics of rural and urban psychologists.  Co-supervisor Professor Helen Winefield (Psychology)

Dr Melanie Turner PhD – Support for parents of neonates. Co-supervisor Professor Helen Winefield (Psychology/Psychiatry) - graduated.

Kristi Urry PhD - Sexual health and stigma. Co-supervisor Dr Carole Khaw (Medicine).

Research Funding

Dry, M.J., Due, C., Chur-Hansen, A. and Burns, N.R. (2015-16). Office of Learning and Teaching - Seed Grant: Assessing the utility of an online adaptive learning tool in a large undergraduate program. (SD14-4348), $22,000.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award (value $465,000) for project “A collaborative multi-disciplinary project for the expansion, dissemination, and evaluation of a blended learning initiative for tertiary medical education.” (Palmer, E., Devitt, P., Chur-Hansen, A. and Crabb, S.) 2009-2011.


The last five years or so (2009-2015)

Sutherland, C., Chur-Hansen, A. & Winefield, H.R. (in press)  Experiences of Fly-in, Fly-Out (FIFO) and Drive-in, Drive-Out (DIDO) Rural and Remote Psychologists."  Australian Psychologist.

Salamone-Violi, G.M.L., Chur-Hansen, A. & Winefield, H.R. (in press) 'I don't want to be here but I feel safe': Referral and admission to a child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit: The young person's perspective.  International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

Opolski, M., Chur-Hansen, A. & Wittert, G. (2015) The eating-related behaviours, disorders and expectations of candidates for bariatric surgery.  Clinical Obesity, 5, 165-197.

Gilson, A., Hemer, S., Chur-Hansen, A. & Crabb, S. (2015) (Book Chapter) The Right to Know or Not to Know: Risk Notification and Genetic Counselling.  In Advances in Medical Sociology.  Volume 16, 249-267.

Savic, M., Chur-Hansen, A., Moore, V. & Mahmood, A. (2015) "We don't have to go and see a special person to solve this problem": Trauma, mental health beliefs and processes for addressing "mental health issues" amongst Sudanese refugees in Australia.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry,

O'Connor, J., Chur-Hansen, A. & Turnbull, D. (in press) Professional skills and personal characteristics for psychologists working in an urban Australian context with Indigenous clients.  Australian Psychologist.

Due, C., Zambrano, S. C., Chur-Hansen, A., Turnbull, D., & Niess, C. (2015). Higher degree by research in a foreign country: a thematic analysis of the experiences of international students and academic supervisors. Quality in Higher Education, 1-14. doi: 10.1080/13538322.2015.1032002

Turner, M., Chur-Hansen, A., Winefield, H., & Stanners, M. (2015). The assessment of parental stress and support in the neonatal intensive care unit using the Parent Stress Scale - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.. Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2015.04.001

McKellar, D., Ng, F., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2015). Is death our business? Philosophical conflicts over the end-of-life in old age psychiatry. Aging and Mental Health, 1-11.doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1031636

Turner, M., Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2015). Mothers’ experiences of the NICU and a NICU support group programme. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33 (2), 165-179. doi:10.1080/02646838.2014.998184

Chur-Hansen, A., Werner, L. K., McGuiness, C. E., & Hazel, S. (2015). The experience of being a guide dog puppy raiser volunteer: A longitudinal qualitative collective case study. Animals, 5(1), 1-12. doi:10.3390/ani5010001

Ng, F., Crawford, G. B., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2015). Treatment approaches of palliative medicine specialists for depression in the palliative care setting: findings from a qualitative, in-depth interview study. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, OnlinePubl. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000719

Chung E., Turnbull, D. & Chur-Hansen A. (2014). Who are ‘non-traditional students’? A systematic review of published definitions in research on mental health of tertiary students. Educational Research and Reviews, 9(22), 1224-1238.doi:10.5897/ERR2014.1944

Kurtin, M., Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2014). The acceptability of The Chronic Illness Game" as a therapeutic board game tool for use with children.  British Journal of Play Therapy, 10, 38-50.

Sutherland, C.R. & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). Knowledge, skills and attitudes of rural and remote psychologists.  Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22, 273-279.  doi:10.1111/ajr.12152

Ng, F., Crawford, G. B., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). Depression means different things: A qualitative study of psychiatrists' conceptualization of depression in the palliative care setting. Palliative & Supportive Care, 1-8. doi:10.1017/s1478951514001187

Henke, M. & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). The effectiveness of Mindfulness-based programs on physical symptoms and psychological distress in patients with Fibromyalgia: A systematic review. International Journal of Wellbeing:

Crawford, G., Zambrano, S., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). Funeral Attendance Practices of Australian Health Professionals. Journal of Palliative Care, 30(3), 210-211. Retrieved from

Hodder, K. Chur-Hansen, A. & Parker, A. (2014) The role of social support in the body image of burn survivors.  Psychology Health Research:

Zambrano, S. C., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. B. (2014). The experiences, coping mechanisms, and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists (vol 12, pg 309, 2014). Palliative and Supportive Care, 12(4), 341. doi:10.1017/S1478951513000655

Ng, F., Crawford, G. B., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). Palliative medicine specialists' causal explanations for depression in the palliative care setting: a qualitative in-depth interview study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, Online. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000626

Ng, F., Crawford, G. B., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). How Do Palliative Medicine Specialists Conceptualize Depression? Findings from a Qualitative In-Depth Interview Study. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(3), 318-324. doi:10.1089/jpm.2013.0378

Hamood, W. J., Chur-Hansen, A., & McArthur, M. L. (2014). A qualitative study to explore communication skills in veterinary medical education. International Journal of Medical Education, 5, 193-198. doi:10.5116/ijme.542a.975d

Chur-Hansen, A., McArthur, M., Winefield, H., Hanieh, E., & Hazel, S. (2014). Animal-assisted interventions in children's hospitals: a critical review of the literature. Anthrozoos, 27(1), 5-18. doi:10.2752/175303714X13837396326251

Crocker, K., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2014). Reply. Australian Family Physician, 43(1), 9. Retrieved from

Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2014). The experiences, coping mechanisms and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists. Palliative & Supportive Care, 12(1), 309-316. doi:10.1017/S1478951513000138

Turner, M., Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2014). The neonatal nurses' view of their role in emotional support of parents and its complexities. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23(21-22), 3156-3165. doi:10.1111/jocn.12558

Clark, Y., Chur-Hansen, A., Turnbull, D., & Masciantonio, S. (2013). A qualitative study of Australian undergraduate psychology students' attitudes towards the teaching of Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology at one university. Focus on Health Professional Education, 14(3), 31-43. Retrieved from;dn=562848718811323;res=IELHEA

Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2013). Companion animals and physical health: The role of health psychology. In M. Caltabiano, & L. Ricciardelli (Eds.), Applied Topics in Health Psychology (1 ed., pp. 134-142). United Kingdom: Wiley. Retrieved from

Chur-Hansen, A., Zambrano Ramos, S., & Crawford, G. (2013). Furry and feathered family members: A critical review of their role in palliative care. The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Online(6), 1-7. doi:10.1177/1049909113497084

Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2013). How do surgeons experience and cope with the death and dying of their patients? A qualitative study in the context of life-limiting illnesses. World Journal of Surgery, 37(5), 935-944. doi:10.1007/s00268-013-1948-2

Crocker, K., Chur-Hansen, A., & Andrews, J. (2013). Interpersonal relationships for patients with irritable bowel syndrome: A qualitative study of gps' perceptions. Australian Family Physician, 42(11), 805-810. Retrieved from;dn=686646179850804;res=IELHEA

Pierides, K., Duggan, P., Chur-Hansen, A., & Gilson, A. (2013). Medical student self-reported confidence in obstetrics and gynaecology: development of a core clinical competencies document. BMC Medical Education, 13(1), 1-8. doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-62

Stern, C., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2013). Methodological considerations in designing and evaluating animal-assisted interventions. Animals, 3(1), 127-141. doi:10.3390/ani3010127

Ng, F., Crawford, G., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2013). Palliative medicine practitioners' views on the concept of depression in the palliative care setting. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(8), 922-928. doi:10.1089/jpm.2012.0502

Savic, M., Chur-Hansen, A., Mahmood, M., & Moore, V. (2013). Separation from family and its impact on the mental health of Sudanese refugees in Australia: A qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(4), 383-388. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12088

Turner, M., Winefield, H., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2013). The emotional experiences and supports for parents with babies in a neonatal nursery. Advances in Neonatal Care, 13(6), 438-446. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000030

Booth, A., Le Couteur, A., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2013). The impact of the desktop computer on rheumatologist-patient consultations. Clinical Rheumatology, 32(3), 391-393. doi:10.1007/s10067-012-2140-z

Chur-Hansen, A. and Appell, G. (Eds). (2012) "Psychiatric Research Among the Iban: Collected Papers of Robert J. Barrett."  Borneo Research Council, Monograph Series No. 13.

Chur-Hansen, A., Devitt, P., Crabb, S., Palmer, E., & De Young, N. (2012). Online, blended learning materials in psychiatry for medical students and trainees. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(5), 445-446. doi:10.1177/1039856212455253

Chur-Hansen, A. (2012). Cognitive-behavioural and other psychological techniques in the dietetic consultation: Suggestions for practice. Nutrition & Dietetics, 69(4), 236-241. doi:10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01645.x

Peacock, J., Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2012). Mental Health Implications of Human Attachment to Companion Animals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(3), 292-303. doi:10.1002/jclp.20866

Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2012). On the emotional connection of medical specialists dealing with death and dying: a qualitative study of oncologists, surgeons, intensive care specialists and palliative medicine specialists. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 2(3), 270-275. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000208

Chur-Hansen, A. (2011) "Fluffy".  Companion animals and mental health.  e-medici.

Chur-Hansen, A. (2011). Attitudes of psychiatrists in South Australia towards research degrees. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(1), 17-21. doi:10.3109/10398562.2010.498514

Black, A., Chur-Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2011). Australian psychologists' knowledge of and attitudes towards animal-assisted therapy. Clinical Psychologist, 15(2), 69-77. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9552.2011.00026.x

Chur-Hansen, A., Black, A., Gierasch, A., Pletneva, A., & Winefield, H. (2011). Cremation services upon the death of a companion animal: Views of service providers and service users. Society & Animals, 19(3), 248-260. doi:10.1163/156853011X578910

Black, A., Winefield, H., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2011). Occupational stress in veterinary nurses: Roles of the work environment and own companion animal. Anthrozoos, 24(2), 191-202. doi:10.2752/175303711X12998632257503

Keightley, J., Chur-Hansen, A., Princi, R., & Wittert, G. (2011). Perceptions of obesity in self and others. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 5(4), e341-e349. doi:10.1016/j.orcp.2011.03.013

Wilson, A., Chur-Hansen, A., Marshall, A., & Air, T. (2011). Should nursing-related work experience be a prerequisite for acceptance into a nursing programme?: A study of students' reasons for withdrawing from undergraduate nursing at an Australian university. Nurse Education Today, 31(5), 456-460. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.09.005

Crocker, K. M., Chur-Hansen, A., Bampton, P., & Andrews, J. M. (2010). A comparison of sexual dysfunction in functional bowel disorders and inflammatory bowel disease: does the diagnosis make a difference to patients? Poster session presented at the meeting of  Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC. Retrieved from

Bain, E., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2010). "Why has this patient presented in this manner at this time in the context of his or her life?". Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 34(2), 17. Retrieved from;dn=941866098497987;res=IELHSS

Chur-Hansen, A., Stern, C., & Winefield, H. (2010). Gaps in the evidence about companion animals and human health: some suggestions for progress. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 8(3), 140-146. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1609.2010.00176.x

Chur-Hansen, A. (2010). Grief and bereavement issues and the loss of a companion animal: People living with a companion animal, owners of livestock, and animal support workers. Clinical Psychologist, 14(1), 14-21. doi:10.1080/13284201003662800

Ortega, C., Limaye, V., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2010). Patient perceptions of and experiences with inflammatory myositis. JCR-Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 16(7), 341-342. doi:10.1097/RHU.0b013e3181f4e000

Galletly, C., Chur-Hansen, A., Air, T., & Chapman, I. (2009). Academics of the future? A survey of final year medical students. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(6), 502-505. doi:10.1080/10398560903284935

Chur-Hansen, A., & Woodward-Kron, R. (2009). Clinical Education: embracing diversity. In C. Delany, & E. Molloy (Eds.), Clinical Education in the Health Professions (pp. 92-106). Australia: Elsevier.

Chur-Hansen, A., Winefield, H., & Beckwith, M. (2009). Companion animals for elderly women: The importance of attachment. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6, 281-293. doi:10.1080/14780880802314288

Elliott, T., Bromley, T., Chur-Hansen, A., & Laurence, C. (2009). Expectations and experiences associated with rural GP placements. Rural and Remote Health, 9(4), 1264-1275. Retrieved from

Chur-Hansen, A., Elliott, T., & Hally, M. (2009). Informal language in healthcare. In A Guide for International Nursing Students in Australia and New Zealand (1 ed., pp. 107-131). Australia: Elsevier.

Crabb, S., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2009). Qualitative research: why psychiatrists are well-placed to contribute to the literature. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(5), 398-401. doi:10.1080/10398560902980673

Wilson, A., Donnelly, F., Chur-Hansen, A., & Turnbull, D. (2009). Selection of Undergraduate Nursing Students using Structured Oral Interviews. Focus on Health Professional Education, 11(1), 61-74. Retrieved from;dn=128126978175538;res=IELHEA


Professional Associations

Fellow, Australian Psychological Society

Member College of Health Psychologists Australian Psychological Society

Fellow, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Entry last updated: Wednesday, 8 Feb 2017

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