Darryl is the Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a specialist surgeon at Dunedin Hospital.
He qualified in dentistry and medicine at the University of Otago and completed his specialty training at the University of Washington, Seattle. He completed his PhD from Otago on war surgery of the face and jaws and is active in the NZ Army Reserves holding the rank of Colonel and the positions of Health Reserves Advisor and Honorary Surgeon to Her Excellency, the Governor General of NZ.
Darryl's research interests include clinical aspects of maxillofacial surgery, ballistic trauma, military medicine and history, sports-related concussion and the development of a simulant head model for forensic research. Darryl is a committed teacher and has received a number of teaching awards including an Otago Teaching Excellence award and a National Teaching Excellence award from Ako Aotearoa.
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Jo has a background in applied linguistics and education, with a PhD in intercultural language teaching and learning, and a Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. Prior to joining the Health Sciences Divisional Office, Jo worked in administration in the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics.
Working now as an Assistant Research Fellow, Jo splits her time between two roles. She is an assistant to the Director of Health Sciences First Year and she provides international student support working with the Associate Dean (International).
John is the Director of the Health Sciences First Year Programme and Professor in Neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy. His research interests are the application of neuroplasticity approaches to Parkinson’s disease and stroke, and the influence of learning styles in performance in undergraduate courses.
John graduated in Medicine in 1994, and then returned to University of Otago after a few years in practice in Whangarei to undertake PhD studies. He has received an international Brain Research Young Investigator Award and a National Tertiary Teaching Award.
Lois is Divisional Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) in the Divisional office though is based at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus. As well as Associate Dean duties (.3FTE) she is also Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch (.5FTE) with the remainder of her time working as a professional advisor for a health regulatory authority.
Lois currently conducts research in the diverse areas of eating / weight disorders, brain injury and health practitioner regulation. She is on the Editorial Board of two international journals and regularly serves on professional and government health practice guideline groups in New Zealand and Australia.
Professor Rich is based in Dunedin (Faculty of Dentistry), and has extensive and senior experience in academic administration and advising. She looks forward to working with and supporting staff.
Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies)