Dr Donnalee Taylor is a counsellor and behavioural scientist with research expertise in cognition (learning, memory and temperament), psychology, behaviour, wellbeing and student support. In her role as a senior lecturer, professional education and development and first year experience coordinator she has designed an award winning career development program, implemented new support initiatives and created iAspire Student Support resources based on learning and transition pedagogy to improve student academic, personal and professional development.

Her grant proposals have attracted funding from government, industry and private funding bodies for rapid dissemination of results that have contributed to the human and animal cognition, health, behaviour and welfare bodies of knowledge that has helped facilitate real-word changes.  Dr Taylor’s research includes refereed journal publications, peer reviewed national and international conference publications, guest speaker presentations and multi-media publications.

  • TV1101: Introductory Veterinary Science (Level 1; TSV)
  • TV2001: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • TV2002: Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • TV3001: Transitions from Health to Disease 1 (Level 3; TSV)
  • TV3002: Transitions from Health to Disease 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • TV4001: Veterinary Clinical Sciences Part 1 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • TV4002: Veterinary Clinical Sciences Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • TV5211: Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice 1/3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV5212: Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice 2/3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV5213: Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice 3/3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Creator of iAspire Student Support resources in addition to creating and delivering unique student engagement and networking activities.
  • Secondary Teachers Professional Development, Joint Curriculum and University Science Tasters for Student Preparedness for University – Providing professional development and capacity building for secondary teachers to build their confidence in addressing the ‘crisis’ in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP B) funded 2014 ($23,071).
  • Capacity and Resilience building: The components of capacity building tends to include a conception of collective development that taps into the abilities of individuals, communities and/or organizations to address perceived inherent obstacles. Capacity building focused on a partnership approach to increase self-sustaining abilities of individuals to recognize, analyse and effectively solve challenges while utilizing their existing and new found knowledge.
  • Student support and transition through first year and second year known as the sophomore slump: Research and Development of the first year experience at university and how instructional theory tools can improve students’ wellbeing and academic success in second and third year. SSAF Competitive Grant, Research and Development of the first year experience at university and how instructional theory tools can improve students’ wellbeing and academic success in second and third year. Funded in 2014, 2015 & 2016 ($10,200).
  • Teaching and Measuring Hope (Hope Theory): An individual’s pathways and agency thinking are learned over the course of one’s child hood and later casts an affective tone on goal pursuit processes in general and are either broken or reinforced by subsequent success in goal pursuit.
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing: The importance of providing knowledge and training in mental health and wellbeing to build capacity in mental health knowledge within their professional training will build their resilience and normalize mental health. The key is to capacity build our students to better care for themselves and improve helping behaviours for others.
  • 2016 to present - Senior Lecturer, Professional Education & Development, James Cook University (Townsville, OLD)
  • 2016 to present - Veterinary Science Learning and Teaching Committee, James Cook University (Townsville, OLD)
  • 2013 to 2020 - First Year Experience Coordinator, James Cook University (Townsville QLD)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville QLD)
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  • 2020 - The National Australian Veterinary Association, Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia (VERA) 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award for the Veterinary Career Development Program design and delivery.
  • 2017 - Women & Leadership Australia Award for Advanced Leadership Program (NEELI) National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative.
  • 2015 - The SP2 "Your JCU Subject and Teaching" survey highlighted 100% subject content satisfaction for the BM1003 subject that Dr Taylor coordinated and taught, along with 95% student satisfaction for her teaching content and style with 5% undecided.
  • 2013 to 2015 - Student recognition for her contribution to student transition and support over the years. Announced at the Biomedical and Medical Laboratory Science (BMML) Society end of year dinner and graduation celebration 2015.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 31+ research outputs authored by Dr Donnalee Taylor from 2008 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Teaching 'Hope': Incorporating Hope Theory in Australian Law Students' Academic Experience (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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