Researchers & Supervisors

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Peter McIlveen, PhD, ACCELL Research Director, University of Southern Queensland


Dr Peter McIlveen is a psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Counselling Psychologists. Peter is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland and teaches courses, supervises postgraduate research degree students, and conducts research into career development learning, career education, career counselling, adult learning, and work-integrated learning.  He is particularly interested in the convergence of “mainstream” psychological theories of identity, self-efficacy, learning, and motivation with career development theories and practices. Peter is editor of the Australian Journal of Career Development, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and is a representative on the National Executive Committee of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).  Peter has also served as president of the National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services (NAGCAS) and as vice-president of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).


Carolyn Alchin, MLAD, Queensland University of Technology



Gavin Beccaria, DPsych, University of Southern Queensland



Allison Creed, PhD, ACCELL Research Fellow & Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland


Dr Allison Creed teaches educational research methods within the Master of Education and Doctor Education at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Allison adopts a transdisciplinarity research strategy to investigate metaphors in concepts and problems in vocational psychology (e.g., employability), healthcare (e.g., cancer), and agriculture (e.g., wine communication).


Andy Davies, PhD, University of Southern Queensland


Sara Hammer, PhD, University of Southern Queensland


Nancey Hoare, PhD, University of Southern Queensland


Nicole McDonald, PhD, ACCELL CRDC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland


With the support of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dr Nicole McDonald is researching the future skills requirements for the Australian Cotton Industry. This project seeks to explore (a) attraction and retention of an appropriately skilled next generation of workers, (b) optimisation of training transference, (c) engaging leadership, (d) attitudes to workers, workforce structures and technology acceptance, and (e) impacts of the commercialisation of current R&D projects on the farm workforce.


Harsha Perera, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


David Blustein, PhD, ACCELL Research Mentor & Adjunct Professor
Lynch School of Education, Boston College