Murdoch academic encouraged to Aspire

June 12, 2014

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A Murdoch University academic has received a $5000 Professional Development Award from the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) Aspire Program.

Senior Lecturer from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Dr Chris Lee, was named the winner at an award ceremony at the Crown Perth on June 10.

PCB’s Professional Development Awards are presented to academics and professional staff from Perth universities and are designed to assist in their personal and professional development.

Dr Lee is a clinical psychologist who trains therapists in Australia and overseas in the treatment of post-traumatic stress and personality disorders.  He will be using the scholarship to present at the International Society for Schema Therapists in Turkey and lobby for the 2018 conference to be hosted in Perth.

Murdoch’s General Manager of Organisational Capability, Mr Selwyn Poi, was a member of the judging panel and said there were several commendable entries from Murdoch academics and professional staff for the scholarship.

“Dr Lee’s application was outstanding and well considered,” Selwyn said.

“What pushed him over the line was his strong network, influence and reputation within the International Society of Schema Therapists.

“This puts him in a good position to lobby for the 2018 Conference of International Society of Schema Therapists to be held in Perth. “

The Aspire Program is an initiative of PCB which facilitates PCB’s novel business methodology of recruiting local conveners within the West Australian community to support bids for international and national conferences.

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