Kelleigh Ryan

Qualifications

Kelleigh is a registered psychologist with an Honours degree in Psychology from Griffiths University. This year Kelleigh started her research PhD with Southern Cross University.

Professional Experience

While undertaking her studies Kelleigh performed paid and volunteer roles as a counsellor and advocacy worker for women and delivered drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients. During her Honours year she developed and implemented a mentoring program for young mothers attending an alternative school in Queensland.

Kelleigh's Honours thesis was on an Aboriginal family Clan's response to the 2008 Apology, conducted by qualitative research methods and supported by quantitative research literature.

During the past two years Kelleigh has worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the Indigenous Engagement Manager for Queensland, developing and delivering statistical literacy training and returning statistical information to Indigenous communities and agencies. She recently developed an urban Indigenous enumeration plan to improve self-identification in the urban Indigenous population.

Kelleigh has worked as Family Intervention Service Worker working with Indigenous families for Kummara Association in Brisbane delivering complex intervention programs and counselling for families.

The beginning of 2010 has seen Kelleigh secure a PhD place with Southern Cross University and start her own part-time practice consulting for PPC Worldwide delivering EAP counselling with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous men and women.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Kelleigh's interests are trans-generational pain, change management and women's empowerment work through holistic understanding. Her expertise is in Indigenous research, community engagement and tools for women's empowerment.