Excelsia College

School of Counselling

Aqua Hastings | Counselling Lecturer and course coordinator | Excelsia College

Master of Community Services and Youth Work Course Coordinator

Dr Aqua Y Hastings

PhD (Sociology), Bachelor of Social Science (Hons I), Bachelor of Social Science (Gender)
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Biographical details

Dr Aqua Hastings is a teaching and research academic with over ten years’ experience within the tertiary education sector. Aqua has worked as a frontline community practitioner in a variety of contexts. She has a particular interest in the diverse worldviews that shape people’s realities, and is committed to holding the light aloft to enable others to see difference with soft eyes.

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Aqua holds a Doctorate in Sociology through the University of Newcastle. She also has a Bachelor degree in Social Science (Gender) and a Bachelor Honours Class I degree in Social Science (Sociology). Additionally, Aqua has a number of health-related qualifications.

Research Interests

Aqua’s research interests include non-medical responses to overcoming trauma, the role of complementary medicine in addressing social injustice, the role of complementary medicine practitioners in health equity, and explorations of the various aspects of social, cultural and environmental determinants of health.

Selected publications

‘Are cultural safety definitions culturally safe? A review of 42 cultural safety definitions in an Australian cultural concept soup’, Research Square, December, (2021) DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-1179330/v1 Co-authored paper.


‘Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the remote setting’, Australian Cultural Safety and Security News, (2019) ISSN 2652-0524, Vol. 1, No. 2.


‘Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine use in the remote setting’, Advances in Integrative Medicine, (2019) Vol. 6, S. 1, pp. S1-S152. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/advances-in-integrative- medicine/vol/6/suppl/S1


Outback Healing: Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine across Shifting Socio-Cultural Landscapes’, Chapter 2, in Complementary Medicine and Culture: The Changing Cultural Territory of Local and Global Healing Practices, (2017) Editors: Tass Holmes, Ph.D. and Paul Cherniack, MD, New York: Nova Science Publishers


‘Defining health: How users and practitioners of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine experience health care in a remote area of Australia’, published online in the Refereed Proceedings of TASA Conference 2016, (2016) The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, Editor: Mark Chou, ISBN: 978- 0-646-96480-5 © TASA 2016


Reducing stress, enhancing resilience: complementary therapies and trauma. Frontline Mental Health Conference 2021 Gold Coast, Australia.


Novel Solutions for Resilience Support of Rural and Remote Workers. Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium 2020 Virtual Symposium.


Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine use in the remote setting. International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research 2019 Brisbane.


“Because so many people feel abandoned or they become somebody who is socially soundless”: How healers in a remote Australian town are addressing social death. Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2018 James Cook University, Cairns.


Conceptualisations of Healing in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine; An Outback Australian Study. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018 Toronto, Canada.


Defining health: How users and practitioners of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine experience health care in a remote area of Australia. The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2016 Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.


Epistemic Notions of Health in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, poster presentation. International Conference of Naturopathic Medicine 2014, Paris.


Epistemic Notions of Health in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. World Health Organisation 2014, Geneva. Personal presentation and discussion with standing head of the department of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medic

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Social Work Lecturer

Dr. Michelle Shamoell

PhD, BSW Hons, Dip in Welfare Work, Sydney University PGTF, MH First Aid Certificate.

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Telephone Number

02 9000 9702



Biographical details

Dr. Michelle Shamoell has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with Honours and PhD from the University of Sydney. She also has the University of Sydney’s Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship. She has years of experience in teaching various social work, social science and research units at WSU and The University of Sydney.

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Research interests

Collective identity and belonging, Assyrian and other indigenous minorities in Iraq, collective trauma, diaspora and double diaspora.

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Social Science Lecturer

Gino Orticio

BSocSc, MSocDev, PhD (Sociology)

Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9705



Biographical details

Gino’s academic and research journey spans over 17 years with a profound impact on various sectors. His expertise ranges from: sociotechnical studies, international indigenous studies and multiculturalism, coupled with a keen focus on empowering disadvantaged communities. His career also includes roles as a community development worker and consultant, acting as a resource person for culturally diverse community leaders in Queensland. Through these efforts, Gino was recognised by the Queensland Government as a Digital Community Champion in 2018.

Profile of Gino Orticio


Bachelor of Social Science, major in Sociology and Psychology
Masters in Social Development Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

Research interests

Gino’s postgraduate research work represents an intersection of theory and practice, particularly in the realm of understanding indigenous digital lives through of Actor-Network Theory (ANT). His application of ANT, rooted in Bruno Latour’s associationism, provides a unique lens to comprehend the intricate sociotechnical relationships within indigenous communities. By navigating their multiple realities, ontological politics, and non-human perspectivism, he unveils layers of societal dynamics often overlooked by conventional social inquiry.

Moreover, his dedication to policy research underscores his commitment to addressing pressing issues faced by indigenous and multicultural communities worldwide. From tackling food security to examining the socio-economic impacts of globalisation and development, his collaborative works informed inclusive policy frameworks that prioritise the needs of marginalised populations.

His recent focus on the dynamics of migrant communities in Australia highlights his adaptability and responsiveness to evolving societal landscapes. As Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Social Science, Gino continues to contribute valuable insights within academia and the community sector.


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Excelsia College | Anthony Iwuagwu

Social Work Lecturer

Anthony Iwuagwu

Bachelors of Social Work, Masters of Social work, Masters of Social Gerontology, Professional Diploma of Education

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Biographical details

Anthony Iwuagwu is a social worker and a social gerontologist with specific research interest in the health and wellbeing of older adults, persons living with disability and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Anthony has over 5 years experience teaching in higher learning in Nigeria, Canada and Australia. He also has experience supervising field placement for both undergraduate and graduate social work students. Anthony adeptly blends his constructivist philosophy with diverse teaching methodologies to foster students engagement and critical thinking.

Profile of Anthony Iwuagwu


Anthony holds a bachelors and Masters degree in Social work from the University of Nigeria. Committed to excellent classroom delivery, Anthony also obtained a professional diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, along with a second masters degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Southampton, UK.

Research Interests

Anthony employs a qualitative approach to investigate pivotal topics within social work, including Intergenerational caregiving; Aging, Disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Awards and Honours

Anthony was a recipient of the Commonwealth (UK) scholarship for masters study and has also won the Alzheimer Society of Fellows research grant in Canada worth 65,000 Canadian dollars. Anthony has received specialized training in individual care


Anthony’s professional affiliations underscore his commitment to advancing social work and gerontology. He is an active member of esteemed associations including:

  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
  • Emerging Researchers and Professionals in Ageing-African Network
  • African Polling Institute Research Network
  • Social Work, Policy and Development Research Group
  • International Strategic Management Institute

Selected publications

Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ogar, L., Eyang, B., Iyiani, C., Okafor, A., … & Rahman, F. N. (2022). Socio-demographic predictors of gendered political participation and implications for social work practice in Enugu State, Nigeria. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1), 2069907.


Ekoh, P. C., Walsh, C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O  (2022). Social Networks and Support to Older People in Refugee Situation in Western Countries: A Scoping Review Protocol. Social Science Protocols, 5(1), 1-7.


Iwuagwu, A. O., Ngwu, C. N., Ekoh, P. C (2022). Challenges of Female Older Adults Caring for Their very old Parents in Rural Southeast Nigeria: A Qualitative Descriptive Inquiry. Journal of Population Aging. DOI : 10.1007/s12062-022-09392-4


Iwuagwu, A.O & Kalu, M.E (2021). A Promising Approach to Reducing Social Loneliness among Older Adults in Nigeria during COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 64:5, 449-451, DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2021.1901818.


Iwuagwu, A. O (2023). ‘Ọmụgwọ’ as unpaid labour? the perceptions of postpartum caregiving among  older grandmothers in Southeast Nigeria. Innovation in Aging. DOI: igad069.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ugwu, L.O., Ugwuanyi, C.C & Ngwu, C. N (2022). Awareness and access to support care services available for older adults in Enugu, Nigeria. African Journal of Social work, 12 (2) 12-20


Kalu, M.E., Adandom, I.I., Ezulike, C., Ibekaku, M., Iwuagwu, A.O., Nwachukwu, E., Oyinlola, O, & Uduonu, E (2022). A Mapping Review on the Uptake of the COVID-19 Vaccine among Adults in Africa Using the 5A’s Vaccine Taxonomy. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 00 (00) 1-10 DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0515


Ngwu, C. N & Iwuagwu, A. O (2022). Law and social work practice in Nigeria: a need for effective collaboration. African Journal of Social Work. 12 (2). 39-49


Kalu, M. E, Okeke, C, Nwachukwu, E, Iwuagwu, A. O et al. (2022). Methodology and reporting quality of 544 studies related to ageing: a continued discussion in setting priorities for ageing research in Africa. Journal of Global Health Economics and Policy. 2022010. https://doi.org/10.52872/001c.36188


Ekoh, P. C., Chukwemeka, E., Ezulike, C. D., George, E. O., Egbo, I. E., Agbawodikeizu, P. U., Iwuagwu, A. O & Nnebe, I. (2022). Ageing and Health in Africa: Assessing how low-and Middle-class Older Adults with Chronic Illnesses Navigate the Problem of Counterfeit Drugs in Nigeria. Journal of Population Ageing, 1-17.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Rayner, D., Kalu, M.E & Ngwu, C.N (2023). Why I Have Not Taken the COVID-19 Vaccine” a Descriptive Qualitative Study of Older Adults’ Perceived Views of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Nigeria. Journal of Population Aging. DOI: 10.1007/s12062-023-09410-z.


Rahman, F. N., Hafiz, K., Jahangir, H.M & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Guidelines for in-depth interviews conducted among healthcare providers of tea-gardens in Bangladesh. PLOS ONE. Journal contribution. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247957.s002


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ngwu, C.N., Farah, R., Kalu, M., Koustov, D (under review). Connecting the experiences of persons with disabilities and social workers in Nigerian care institutions regarding COVID-19 vaccine uptake: A qualitative descriptive-interpretive study. Sage Open


Iwuagwu, A.O & Lai, W.L.D., Ngwu, C. N & Kalu, M. E (2022). Social workers’ involvement in developing and implementing social programs for rural older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria: A concept paper and suggestions for action plan. Journal of Gerontological Social Work DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2022.2135657.


Ekoh, P. C., Walsh, C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O (under review). Impact of Social Networks and Support on the Lived Experiences of Older Refugees in Western Countries: A Scoping Review. European Journal of Aging.


Rahman, F.N., Khan, H.T.A., Hossain, M. J & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Health and wellbeing of indigenous older adults living in the tea gardens of Bangladesh. PLoS One. 4;16(3):e0247957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247957. PMID: 33662034; PMCID: PMC7932146.


Rahman, F. N., Rahman, A. F.,  Iwuagwu, A O & Dalal, K (2021) ‘COVID-19 Transmission due to Mass Mobility Before and After the Largest Festival in Bangladesh: An Epidemiologic Study’ INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 58: 1–10. 10.1177/00469580211023464journals.sagepub.com/home/inq.


Ojembe, B., Kalu, M., Ezulike, C., Ekoh. P.C., Osiefo, T., Onyinlola, O., Iwuagwu, A. O., Makonjuola, J & Kapiriri, L (2021). Exploration of loneliness among black older adults: A scoping review protocol. Social Science Protocols, 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.7565/ssp.2021.


Ekoh, P. C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O & Walsh, C. A (2022). Forced Migration-Induced Diminished Social Networks and Support, and its Impact on the Emotional Wellbeing of Older Refugees in Western Countries: A Scoping Review. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2022.104839.


Iwuagwu, A. O & Kalu, M (2021). Covid-19 and Older adults: The paradox of physical distancing. Ace Journal of Public Health and Community Medicine, 1 (1) 8-9.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ngwu, C. N., Ekoh, P.C., Ebimgbo, S. O., Gyimah, A. A (2022). An exploration of primary caregivers’ knowledge of dyslexia, awareness of the problems, and supports for elementary school children in Nigeria? Cogent Social Sciences. 8:1, 2132673, DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2022.2132673.


Eyang, B. O., Gobo, N. B., Iwuagwu, A.O & Ogar, L.E (2021). Perception of postgraduate students on the early reporting of rape related cases: A framework for social justice in Nigeria European Journal of Scientific Research. 157 (4) pp.408 – 415.


Onalu, C., Chukwu, N., Nnama-Okechukwu, C., Iwuagwu, A., Agha, Agha.,  Anazonwu, N., Okah, P & Okoye, U (2023) An Exploratory Study of the Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria: Practice Consideration for Social Workers. An exploratory study of the situation of persons with disabilities in Nigeria: Practice consideration for social Workers. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/26408066.2023.2265920


Iwuagwu, A. O., Ekoh, P. C., Ngwu, C.N & Gyimah, A. A (2023). The impact of football fanaticism on the wellbeing of young men in Nigeria: Implication for social work practice. Cogent Social Sciences.  https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2023.2168792.


Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ebimgbo, A & Igboeli, E., Eyang, B & Ogar, L (2022). Perception and practice of cervical cancer screening services and the role of social workers in facilitating screening uptake in Enugu State, Nigeria. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 23(7):2271-2277. DOI: 10.31557/APJCP.2022.23.7.2271.

Iwuagwu, A. O., Okah, P., Nnama-Okechukwu, C., Chukwu, N., Agha, A., Anazonwu, N., Onalu, C & Okoye, U (2023). Barriers to Social Inclusion among Older Adults with Disabilities in Imo State, Nigeria: A Descriptive Phenomenological Inquiry. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 25(1): 132–146. DOI: https://doi. org/10.16993/sjdr.997

Anazonwu, N., Okah, P., Agha, A., Chukwu, N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Nnama-Okechukwu, C & Okoye, U (2022). Barriers to Domestication and Implementation of the Disability Act in Southeast Nigeria. Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies 33 4(1): 33-50.

Akintunde, T. Y., Iwuagwu, A. O., Isangha, S. O & Adedeji, A (2023). Adverse childhood experiences and subjective well-being of migrants: Exploring the role of resilience and gender differences. Global Social Welfare. Glob Soc Welf (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-023-00310-w.

Akinrolie, O; Iwuagwu, A. O; Kalu, M; Rayner, D; Oyinlola, O; Ezulike, C; Okoh, A… Onyekere, C (2023) ‘Longitudinal Studies of Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa: Review, limitations, and recommendations in preparation of projected aging population’ Innovation in Aging, igae002, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igae002.


Ojembe, B., Kalu, M., Ezulike, C., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ekoh. P.C., … Kapiri, L (2022). Understanding Social and Emotional Loneliness among Black Older Adults: A Scoping Review. Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/07334648221118357.


Ogar, L. E., Eyang, B. O., Egbara, A. P & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Social Work Counselling: A Panacea for Youth Involvement in Migration and Modern Day Slavery. European Journal of Social Sciences 61 (2) 85-95


Isangha, S. O., Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Abonyi, E., Nanji, A. O., & Rahman, F. N. (2021). Intimate Partner Violence: The Moderating Role of Personality Trait and Religion. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(3) 286-302.


Ngwu, C.N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Onah, N., Nnadi, F., Kalu, E., Ugwuanyi, C & Ibenwa, C (2023). Internally Displaced Persons’ Experiences and the Predictors of Social Support and Adjustment to Displacement in Northeast Nigeria: A MixedMethod Study.. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 0(0) DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2023.2275250.

Casual HDR Supervisor Business

Dr Vidya Sagar Athota

Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Dr Vidya Sagar Athota is an Associate Professor and Head of Management, HR, and Sports & Recreation Management. He teaches Business Psychology, Human Resources and Executive Education in the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Dr Athota holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has been employed at the Sydney campus since 2007. He presented his research at vViarious universities the USA, Europe, the UK, the Middle East and India. He is also a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management, India. He received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning. In 2022 Dr Athota also received the Australian Business Deans Council Award from the Australian Business Deans Council. Most recently, Dr Athota received Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Dr Athota has over 40 academic outputs and published four research books. His most recent book is entitled, Mind Over Matter and Artificial Intelligence: Building Employee Mental Fitness for Organisational Success. He has published his research findings in high impact journals such as the Journal of Business Research, Applied Psychology, International Studies of Management & Organization, Personality and Individual Differences and American Journal of Psychology. His research has been covered in several international media outlets including New York Magazine, British Journal of Psychology Digest and Catholic Weekly.

Dr Athota is also accredited to provide psychological counselling and psychotherapy services to leaders in the workplace. Dr Athota’s expertise also includes management diagnostics and multi-perspective assessments in the areas of personality, cognitive, emotional competence, and leadership skills. He has been a keynote speaker at various international conferences and has served as track chair on many international conferences. Dr Athota has received several grants and led nine international service-learning programs as part of the Global Initiative at Notre Dame. Dr Athota is also an assessor for Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.  He has successfully supervised Higher Degree Research projects. Dr Athota has also provided consulting services to various business organizations internationally, including organizations from the Fortune 500.

Profile of Dr Vidya Sagar Athota


2012: PhD, AGSM Business School, University of New South Wales, Australia

2021- MA Philosophy (TC), Biola University, USA

1997: MPhil Psychology (ABD), Osmania University, India

1995: MSW, Osmania University, India

1993: BA, Nagarjuna University, India

Awards and Honours

2023 Winner of Australian Awards for University Teaching for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

2022 the Australian Business Deans Council Award from the Australian Business Deans Council.

2022 Winner of Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning. University of Notre Dame Australia

Selected publications


Athota, V. S. (2023), The search for meaning in the workplace, Palgrave Macmillan

Athota, V. S. (2021). Mind over Matter and Artificial Intelligence: Building employee mental fitness for organisational success. Palgrave Macmillan

Athota, V. S. & Treloar (Forthcoming, 2024), Understanding and Resolving Workforce Issues, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group publishers

Athota, V. S., & Malik, A. (2019). Managing Employee Wellbeing and Resilience for Innovation, Springer Publishers


Published Journal Articles

Kearney, S., Maakrun, J., Thai, T., & Athota, V.S. (In Press). A cross-sectional, decade-long examination of the impacts of international service learning in teacher education. Journal Experiential Education.

Athota, V.S., Pereira, V., Hasan, Z., & Daicy, V., Laker, B. & Reppas, D. (2023). Overcoming financial planners’ cognitive biases through digitalisation: A qualitative study, Journal of Business Research (Impact Factor 10.969)

Hasan, Z., Athota, V.S., Pereira, V., & Daicy, V. (2023). Cognitive biases among Australia financial planners, Journal of Global Information Management, (Impact Factor 3.473).

Etuka, J. M., Athota, V. S., & Kearney, S. (2021). How can Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) help leaders manage through COVID-19? Knowledge Management Research & Practice (Impact Factor 3.619)

Athota, V. S., Budhwar, J., & Malik, A. (2020). Influence of personality traits and moral values on employee well-being, resilience and performance: A cross-national study. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 69 (3), 653–685 (Impact Factor 3.712, A ranked)

Athota, V. S., Fernando, M. Robert, R & Zaromb, F. (2021).  How moral emotions influence managerial decision-making ability in times of a pandemic. 34th Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), (Full paper conference publication accepted), Virtual Format, Australia

Etuka, J. M., Athota, V. S., & Kearney, S. (2020). Does Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) influence transformational leadership ability. International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2020), Matera, Italy. (Full paper conference publication) ISBN and ISSN number, which will be submitted to Thomas Reuters database for citation). 

Athota, V. S., & Hornshaw, M. (2020). The role of emotional competence in academic leadership. International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2020), Matera, Italy. (Full paper conference publication) ISBN and ISSN number, which will be submitted to Thomas Reuters database for citation). 

Kearney, S., Athota, V.S., & Bee, S. (2018). International service learning in higher education: Contradictions of purpose. Journal of Global Education and Research.

Walden Person, S. & Athota, V.S. (2018). Academic Contrapower Harassment (ACPH), and Pedagogy for Mental Health through Self-compassion: A conceptual paper. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change. (B ranked)

Athota, V.S., O’Connor, P.J., & Roberts, R.D. (2017). To punish first and reward second: Values determine how reward and punishment affect risk-taking behaviour. American Journal of Psychology, 130(3), pp. 303-313. (1503, B ranked)

Athota, V. S., & Malik, A. (2017). Closing the innovation gap: A human capital perspective. 12th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2016), St. Petersburg, Russia. (Full paper conference publication) 

Kearney, S. P., & Athota, V.S. (2018). International immersions experiences in higher education: Who benefits? In S. Hou (ed.) Service-Learning: Perspectives, Goals, & Outcomes. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Publishers. (DOI: 10.5038/2577-509X.2.1.1015)

Yuspendi, Handojo, V., Athota,V.S., Mike Yuni Margaretha Sihotang, M.Y.M., and Putu Ngurah Asita Dewi Aryanid, P.N.A.D. (2018). Adult Attachment Security Before and After Marriage Between IPV and Non-IPV Mothers in Indonesia. A&NZ Journal of Family Therapy. 

Walden Pearson, S., Athota, V. S., & De Burgh-Woodman, H. (2017).  The influence of self-compassion on knowledge worker subjective wellbeing, creative and knowledge sharing behaviour. 12th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2016), St. Petersburg, Russia. (Full paper conference publication) 

Athota, V. S., Malik, A., & Connell, J. (2016). Closing the innovation gap: A human capital perspective. 11th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2016), Dresden, Germany. (Full paper conference publication) 

Athota, V.S., O’Connor, P.J., & Roberts, R.D. (2016). How values of Stimulation and Hedonism provide contrasting paths from Sensation Seeking to risk-taking behavior based on risk sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 465. (Impact Factor 3.004, A ranked)

Athota, V. S., Treloar, S. & Kearney, S.P. (2016). Using learning styles to predict charitable values via emotional management. Jindal Journal of Business Research. 4, 46-55. (Sage Journals)

Athota, V. S., Kearney, P. S., & Cocodia, E. (2015). How self-transcendence via individualized moral foundations predict emotional and social enhancement. Journal of Beliefs & Values. Taylor & Francis Group. (Impact Factor 1.580, B ranked)

Athota, V. S., & Roberts, R. D. (2015). How Extraversion + leads to problem-solving ability. Psychological Studies, 60, 332-338. (Impact Factor 0.72, Year 2020)

Athota, V. S., & O’Connor, P. J. (2014). How approach and avoidance constructs of personality and emotional management predict core human values. Learning and Individual Differences, 31, 51-58. (Impact Factor 3.139, A ranked)

O’Connor, P. J., & Athota, V. S. (2013). The intervening role of Agreeableness in the relationship between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Machiavellianism: Reassessing the potential dark side of EI. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 750-754. (Impact Factor 3.004, A ranked)

Athota, V. S. (2013). The role of moral emotions in happiness. The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being, 1(2), 110-115.


Book Chapters

Sowdamini, T., Mathur, G., Kaur, S., Yadav, B., & Athota, V.S. (2023). HR Analytics: Data Visualization through Bibliometric Analysis, Handbook of Artificial Intelligence Applications for Industrial Sustainability, Taylor & Francis Group.

Athota, V. S., & Malik, A. (2018). The 360-Degree Feedback at Workplace: A Transformative Learning Perspective, Cambridge Handbook of Instructional Feedback

Athota, V. S., & Treloar, S. (2018). Conflict in the workplace and need for wellbeing. Strategic Human Resource Management and Employment Relations – An International Perspective. (Springer)

Treloar, S., & Athota, V. S. (2018). The insurance arm of a leading Australian bank. Strategic Human Resource Management and Employment Relations – An International Perspective. (Springer)

Athota, V. S. (2017). Foundations and future of well-being: How personality influence happiness and well-being, Impact of Organizational Trauma on Workplace Behavior and Performance.

Athota, V. S., O’Connor, P.J., & Jackson, C. J. (2010). The role of emotional intelligence in moral judgement. In R. Hicks (ed). Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions. Australia: Australian Academic Press.

Journal Articles Under Review/R & R

Treloar, S. & Athota V. S. (In review). Addressing the invisible inequalities of diversity and inclusion of persons with a disability (PWD) in employment: A multi-national study, Journal of Management (A*) 

Athota, V.S., & O’Connor, P.J. (R &R). Impaired executive functioning enhances hedonistic values in introverts but not extraverts. Personality and Individual Differences (A- ranked publication)

Pereira, V., Sethi, D., Budhwar, J., Bapuji, H., & Athota, V. S. (In preparation). Unity in Diversity? Investigating the Inclusion/Exclusion strategies within the Global Indian IT-BPO industry, Human Resource Management Journal (A- ranked publication)

Pereira, V., Vaz, D., Athota, V.S., & Roberts, R.D. (In preparation). Achieving Optimal Intelligence: Artificial, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Journal Personnel Psychology (A* ranking),

Pereira, V., Vaz, D., Athota, V.S., & Roberts, R.D. (In preparation). Scale to Measure Optimal Intelligence, yet to decide (Received $12,000 grant towards the above research projects. We plan to put together addition two papers with the data we are collecting).

Athota, V.S., Hasan, Z., & Pereira, V. (In Preparation). How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help overcome cognitive biases among financial planners? Technology Forecasting & Social Change (A- ranked publication). Planning to submit in November 2020

Hasan, Z., Athota, V.S., & Pereira, V. (In preparation). Cognitive biases among Australia financial planners, yet to decide

Lauren Poole | Counselling Lecturer | Excelsia College

Lecturer in Counselling

Dr Lauren Poole

PhD in Psychology, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, BSc (Honours) Psychology
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Biographical details

Dr Lauren Poole (née Kita) is a Lecturer within the School of Counselling at Excelsia College. Lauren has been teaching Psychology and Counselling within the higher education sector for over ten years both within Australia and the UK. Lauren holds a PhD in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lauren is a registered Counsellor with PACFA and works in private practice alongside her academic work.

Profile of Dr Lauren Poole


PhD in Psychology, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, BSc (Honours) Psychology

Current projects

Lauren is currently part of a research team exploring the impact of student attachment style on classroom exploration.

Selected publications

Journal article:


Pemberton, L., Kita, L., & Andrews, K. (2020). Practitioners’ experiences of using Gut Directed Hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome: Perceived impact upon client wellbeing: A qualitative study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine55, 102605. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102605


Conference presentation:


June (2014). Kita, L. Sleep and Postpartum Depression. Oral presentation at SLEEP 2014, the 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Minneapolis, USA.

Lauren Moxey | Capa Lecturer | Excelsia College

Creative and Performing Arts Lecturer

Lauren Moxey 

BSc (Psychology), BMus, PhD (Creative Arts) (current)
Contact Details



Biographical details

Lauren is an experienced and dedicated music educator who co-founded Sydney Vocal Academy with her husband Tim. From 2013–2022, SVA provided singing, piano and guitar training for hundreds of students, and was a thriving and transformational music community. Lauren is also an experienced communications consultant and business manager, and she is passionate about equipping creatives to thrive.

Profile of Lauren Moxey


  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from University of Southern Queensland

  • Bachelor of Music from Wesley Institute (now Excelsia College), specialized in contemporary piano performance.

  • PhD (Creative Arts) with James Cook University (current).


Research Interests

  • As part of Lauren’s current PhD studies, she is investigating natio-cultural creativity and human thriving in Australia’s popular music ecosystem.

Awards and Honours

  • During her time at JCU, Lauren has been awarded an RTP Stipend Scholarship, the William Thomas William Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Pearse Music Scholarship (twice). She was also awarded the Joyce Iggulden Memorial Prize for Excellence in Music Research in 2020 and 2022.

Selected publications

  • Moxey, L. & Daniel, R. (2023). Reimagining careers in unpropitious creative fields through the meta-creativity of alternative creativity: Implications for the music industry. Creativity Studies, 16 (1). 241–254. https://doi.org/10.3846/cs.2023.14916
Dr Fu Dai | Business Lecturer | Excelsia College

Business Lecturer

Dr Fu Dai 

 Management (UTS)
Contact Details

Telephone Number: 02 98198883



Biographical details

Fu Dai Joined the School of Business, Excelsia College as a casual high-degree research co-supervisor in 2020 and is now a lecturer in Management in the School of Business, Excelsia College. 

Dr Fu Dai holds a PhD in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests include organization legitimacy, ambivalent leadership, and network entrepreneurs. Specifically, he investigates network marketing organization legitimation in Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. His research also conceptualizes ambivalent leadership in the context of NMO. He has published his papers “Network Marketing Businesses and Chinese Ethnicity Immigrants in Australia,” “Chinese Immigrants in the Network Marketing Business in the Western Host Country Context,” and “The Differences in the Outlook in Management Value in Various Parts of China” in different international journals

Profile of Fu Dai


  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • PhD in Management

Selected publications

  • Dai, F., Eddie, I. 2022. “Dualities, Ambivalence, and Ambivalent Leadership (Context of NMO)”, Flourishing in Our New Normal.” 35th ANZAM Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 353 -369.  
  • Dai, F., Teo, S. T.T., Wang, K., 2017 “Network marketing businesses and Chinese ethnicity immigrants in Australia”. Journal of Small Business Management. Vol. 55, issue 3, pp. 444-459. Doi:10.1111/jsbm 12244.
  • Dai, F., Wang, K., Teo, S. T.T. 2011 “Chinese immigrants in network marketing business in Western host country context”. International Business Review, Vol. 20, issue 6, pp. 659 -669.
  • Dai, F., Teo, S.T. and Wang, K.Y. 2010, “An extension of the model of network marketing business entrepreneurial performance”, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Adelaide, Australia, Dec 2010 in 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing Unknowable Futures, ed Gurd, B, ANZAM, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1-49.
  • Dai, F., Wang, K.Y. and Teo, S.T.T. 2010, “Chinese Immigrants in Network Marketing Business in Western Host Country Context,” Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, Aug 2010,
  • Dai, F., Teo, S.T. & Wang, K.Y. 2009, “Identifying and measuring motivational factors in conducting network marketing business by Chinese immigrants”, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 2009 in 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 ‘Sustainability Management and Marketing’, ed Beaumont, N, ANZAM, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-22.
Dr Edmund Sosu | Excelsia College Academic Staff

Master of Teaching Course Coordinator

Dr Edmund Sosu

PhD (Education), Master of Philosophy (Curriculum and Teaching), Bachelor of Education (Hons)
Contact Details



Biographical details

Dr Edmund Sosu is a teaching and research academic with over ten years’ experience within the tertiary education sector. Edmund has worked as a secondary school teacher for the Ministry of Education, Ghana and a research and teaching assistant at the University of Cape Coast. Edmund’s ccommitment to education extends to community involvement, including serving as a ‘good news teacher’ and programs director for the Intellectual Choral and Drama Festival (INTELLECTO).

Profile of Edmund Sosu


Edmund holds a PhD in Education from the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Additionally, he possesses a Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Teaching with a focus on History education, as well as a Bachelor of Education Honours degree with majors in History and Religion, both earned at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Current projects

Subject department influences on teachers’ epistemological approach to reform programs. Edmund is co-authoring this paper with Associate Professor Robert Parkes from the University of Newcastle.


Multilingualism, Self-Regulation and Self-Efficacy as Individual and Institutional Strategies to Avert Occupational Burnout: An Exploratory Case Study of International On-Campus Pre-Service Teachers in Sydney, Australia. Edmund is co-authoring this paper with Dr Pegah Marandi and Professor Patrick Danaher.

Research Interests

Edmund’s research and teaching interests are centered around the broader fields of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teacher Education, and Teacher Professional Development. Edmund’s research explores teaching methods, pedagogical strategies, and classroom technologies that can enhance the effectiveness of educators. Edmund also investigates the socio-emotional aspects of teaching, focusing on teacher well-being, burnout prevention, and strategies for fostering a positive classroom environment.


Edmund’s teaching goals focus empowering preservice teachers to be the best they can be, and this involves encouraging them to reflect on their thinking and to pass on this trait to their students. His research on teachers’ epistemic understanding is use in his lectures, challenging student-teachers to be reflective in their pedagogic decisions rather than teaching without deeper reflection. Hence, to Edmund, ‘effective teachers are reflective teachers.’


Kwarteng, K., & Sosu, E.S. (2017). Economic, social and political developments in Ghana: A relook at the Guggisburg era in the Gold Coast (1919-1927). Historical Research Letter, 41, 8-17.


Sosu, E. S. (2016). Analysis of preferred teaching styles used by History tutors.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 7 (1), 1-13.


Sosu, E. S. (2016). Hidden curriculum: Does it matter in a Ghanaian school setting? International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 7 (1), 36-46.


Sosu, E. S. (2016). Echoes of the past resurface in the present: A thread in the intellectual history of Ghana. Journal of Law, Policy and Globalization, 53, 15-24.


Sosu, E. S. (2016). Cultural imperialism and manipulation in Gold Coast: At the crossroad, the junction back home. Historical Research Letter, 53, 33-37.


Sosu, E. S., Paddy, P., & Mintah-Adade, E. (2014). Perceptions of history student teachers on teaching practice supervision. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences, 4 (16), 83-93.

Andrew Levula | IT | School of Business | Excelsia

Director of Research (Graduate Programs)

Associate Professor Andrew Levula

Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Associate Professor Andrew Levula has been an ICT professional, research and academic. He is the IT Program Director at Excelsia College and was instrumental in the development and accreditation of the Bachelor of Information Technology at Excelsia College. He brings over 15 years’ experience in IT Project Management, Academic Leadership and IT Curriculum and Course Development. Associate Professor Levula is committed to enhancing students learning experience and his teaching philosophy is that education should be an enjoyable and exciting journey. He is an advocate for education as a catalyst for change in people which is Goal 4: Quality Education of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Associate Professor Levula’s industry experience includes having worked in the Telecommunication and IT managed services industry in the private sector as well as having worked as the manager project for the Ministry of Finance as a civil servant. He was directly responsible for managing the government department that delivered the whole of government’s IT application systems solution which included critical and non-critical government applications including its e-Government initiatives.


He has worked as an academic at The University of Sydney, Victoria University, Swinburne University, Federation University and Torrens University. He has also taught in many private higher education providers such as the Australian Institute of Higher Education, Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce and Crown Institute. Associate Professor Levula has a wide range of publication including journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, and industry case studies/ reports.

Profile of Associate Professor Andrew Levula


Associate Professor Levula was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney from the Faculty of Engineering and IT in 2016. He completed a master’s of ICT in IT Strategic Planning with distinction from the University of Wollongong in 2010. He also completed a postgraduate diploma in Computing and Information Systems from the University of the South Pacific in 2010 and a postgraduate certificate in Tertiary Education in 2021 from Victoria University. He also holds a degree in Information Systems and Economics from the University of the South Pacific which he completed in 2008 and a Diploma in Business in Applied Computing in 2002.

Awards and Honours

Associate Professor Levula was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award at Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce having been voted by his peers for his excellence as an academic in 2021. He was awarded the Project Management Institute, National Student Conference Paper in 2013 and his team was also awarded the Team of the Year Award in 2011 at ITC Services a department under the Ministry of Finance.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Levula has published academic papers on Quality of Life and Mental Health. He currently is engaged in the development of a Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Small Island Nations with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. He is also undertaking research with a group of international collaborators on artificial intelligence and its use across different disciplines. His other projects include the development of a sustainable agile knowledge management framework as well as research on network infrastructure and cyber security.

Selected publications

Shah, Z.; Levula, A.; Khurshid, K.; Ahmed, J.; Ullah, I.; Singh, S. (2021) Routing Protocols for Mobile Internet of Things (IoT): A Survey on Challenges and Solutions. Electronics, 10(19), 2320-2349.


Levula, A., Harré, M., & Wilson, A. (2018). The association between social network factors with depression and anxiety at different life stages. Community mental health journal54(6), 842-854.


Levula, A., Harré, M., & Wilson, A. (2017). Social network factors as mediators of mental health and psychological distress. International Journal of Social Psychiatry63(3), 235-243.


Levula, A., Wilson, A., & Harré, M. (2016). The association between social network factors and mental health at different life stages. Quality of Life Research25, 1725-1733.