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Keynote Speakers

Nancy A. Pachana, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia 

Dr Nancy A. Pachana is a clinical geropsychologist and professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, and is co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, providing a focal point for clinical, translational ageing-related research at UQ. She has an international reputation in the area of geriatric mental health, particularly late-life anxiety and driving in later life. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books on various topics in the field of ageing. She has a passion for expanding research, teaching, international collaboration and early career scientist-practitioner support on mental health issues in later life. Nancy was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2014. In 2020 she was the recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award for lifetime achievement in the field of clinical geropsychology from the Society of Clinical Geropsychology, part of the American Psychological Association. Originally from the United States, Nancy was awarded her AB from Princeton University in 1987, and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. She is an avid bird watcher and a keen traveller.

John Dixon, Ph.D., Professor, The Open University, United Kingdom

Having grown up in Northern Ireland and South Africa, John Dixon has a particular interest in the social psychology of intergroup contact, conflict, desegregation, and re-segregation in historically divided societies. He is also a firm believer in the idea that methods and concepts must be adequate to the complexity of psychological processes as they unfold in everyday life contexts. This has led him to explore a variety of methodological and conceptual frameworks, including frameworks ‘borrowed’ from other disciplines such as linguistics, geography and sociology. It has also led him to avoid the (for him fruitless) polarization of ‘quantitative’ versus ‘qualitative’ research in social psychology.

He joined The Open University in 2011, having previously lectured at Lancaster University and the Universities of Worcester and Cape Town. Since 2009, he has also acted as Editor (with Jolanda Jetten) of the British Journal of Social Psychology.