Kim Usher is a Professor at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia. She is the Director of Research and Research Training within the School. She also holds the position of Associate Dean, Graduate Research Student Training for the Cairns campus of James Cook University. She has undertaken a number of senior roles in nursing in Australia such as Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand), Member of the Queensland Mental Health Nursing Reference Group, Past Member of the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce and Mental Health Expert Reference Group, and past member of the Nurse Education Indigenous Working Group. Internationally, she has been a Member of the Global Alliance for Nursing Education and Scholarship (GANES), Consultant for the World Health Organization, specifically in the Pacific Island Countries, and Senior Technical Adviser for AusAID in Fiji. In-keeping with her background in mental health nursing, her research areas of interest include psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family unit, family centred care and family carers, consumer experiences in health services, and workforce issues. She has published extensively in the nursing literature, especially around issues of relevance to mental health nursing practice, and has coauthored numerous book chapters including some on mental health nursing and research. She has also coauthored a book released in 2009 entitled Psychopharmacology for Health Professionals. She has supervised 11 Ph.D. students to completion and currently supervises 9 higher degree research students undertaking studies in areas related to her research interests.
Biography Updated on 13 August 2009