Meet The Team

Julia McKenzie

Julia is an experienced evaluation consultant with a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne. She has managed a number of evaluations across programs that concern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban, rural and remote settings. This has included the evaluation of large-scale and complex programs that have involved a high degree of collaboration with stakeholders. These projects have used participatory research approaches, community engagement methods and […]

Beth McCann

  As the Research and Evaluation Manager at CFRE, Beth has oversight over the capability, quality and progress of all internal programs, in addition to managing external research and evaluation projects. Beth has experiencing developing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of projects and programs that span public health, family violence, refugee and asylum seeker services and child and family services, both in Melbourne and internationally. Beth has experience managing […]

Tamara White - Centre for Family Research and Evaluation

Tamara White

Tamara oversees the work that CFRE does to support agencies to build their capacity to work effectively and efficiently. She has an eye on quality outcomes for clients and responsible delivery of funded programs and leads the consultancy team to deliver this work. Tamara is a skilled project manager, group facilitator, presenter, coach and evaluator. As a community psychologist with experience in schools, community mental health and private practice, Tamara has a […]

Madeline Gibson

Madeline has an interest in early intervention programs, developmental psychology and research program design. Madeline is currently contributing to a variety of projects with CFRE, including in-house evaluation of drummond street services. With a keen eye for detail, Madeline brings strong analytic skills and specialises in synthesising and interpreting data. Her skills in communication and data visualisation mean that findings and recommendations are displayed in a way that accurately conveys […]

Tania Buck

Tania is a new addition to the CFRE Team. She brings with her a range of experience gained across multiple industry sectors including, clinical health, the medical devices industry, public health, and applied social research. Having lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, she brings a broad cultural perspective to her consultancy work. Tania’s areas of expertise include: Research methods, design, implementation and analysis (Quantitative, Qualitative, and […]

Karalyn Davies

Karalyn brings to the team a strong practice experience in working with children and families. Originally a high school educator, Karalyn’s concern for social justice motivated her move into direct client work with children and families. Her work has spanned several key roles involving adolescent case management, families seeking asylum and unaccompanied humanitarian refugee minors. Despite the breadth of experience in various research projects, her earlier grounding in working with […]

Shae Johnson - Centre for Family Research and Evaluation

Shae Johnson

Shae has been a part of the CFRE team since September 2016. Shae has been instrumental in the internal evaluation of the Drummond street service and has also had involvement in a number of CFRE consultancy projects. She has over 10 years of experience across research, government and community services with a focus on research and evaluation. Shae have predominately worked in the field of child and family health with […]

Ellen Poyner

As Senior Consultant at drummond street Ellen manages the research and evaluation of a number of violence prevention and co-production projects and mainly works within Queerspace research. Ellen is passionate about the co-design of programs and initiatives to best meet the needs of communities. She brings over 10 years experience working with schools and community services where she has developed expertise in co-production processes and violence prevention. Ellen’s research and […]

Catherine Wilson

Catherine has always had a passion for working with LGBTIQ communities around health and wellbeing issues. She joined the queerspace research team after finishing her Master of Social Work degree at the Carleton University School of Social Work (Canada), which has a focus on anti-oppressive practice. In her role as queerspace research officer, she has been mainly involved in family violence research, and queerspace project evaluation and support. She is […]

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