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Associate Professor Denise Dillon

Associate Professor Denise Dillon

Associate Professor Denise Dillon

Acting Dean Research | Associate Dean of Research Education | Associate Professor, Psychology


  • PhD, James Cook University, 2008
  • Grad Cert Education – Tertiary teaching, JCU, 2005
  • B Psych (Hons)/B SocSc – English Literature, JCU, 2003

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As acting Dean Research at JCU Singapore, Dr Denise Dillon oversees research strategy and governance for diverse teams of researchers pursuing high-quality, curiosity-driven and strategically significant research to achieve international excellence in all areas. In her role as Associate Dean Research Education, Denise also overseas higher degree by research education and she is also Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU).  After serving as Head of Academic Group for psychology, arts and education for almost 10 years she now facilitates and promotes the strategic direction of research within JCU Singapore, improvements in the quality and impact of that research, and the growth of local, national and international research collaborations.

Dr Dillon has extensive supervisory experience in fourth-year and postgraduate research, having supervised more than 100 fourth-year students and more than a dozen graduate-level students to completion. Graduate students include those in the Master and Doctor of Clinical Psychology courses, and PhD.

She is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Psychologist magazine. Denise is also a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), Division 4: Environmental Psychology. She is an ARMS Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) and a certified Forest Therapy Guide (ANFT no. 1818009).

Research Interests

Her primary focus is on biophilia pertaining to both natural and built environments.