Senior Professor Frank Deane

Emeritus Professor

Citation delivered by Senior Professor Sue Bennett, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wollongong on the occasion of the admission of Frank Patrick Deane as an Emeritus Professor of the University on 1 November 2023.

Deputy Chancellor, I present Senior Professor Frank Deane.

Across 26 years of distinguished service to the University of Wollongong, Frank’s contribution as a researcher, educator, mentor, advocate and colleague is extraordinary.

Frank is a prolific and widely influential clinical psychology researcher and registered psychologist. Dedicated to highly applied, clinically focused research in the areas of mental health and substance dependence, he has pioneered advancements in recovery-oriented, patient-centred treatments.

Frank led the Illawarra Institute for Mental Health for 20 years as its Director, and throughout his career amassed a diverse portfolio of more than 360 publications cited over 23,800 times, and an H-index of 71.

Working alongside leading community organisations to build their capacity to respond to complex mental illness, Frank helped develop the innovative Collaborative Recovery model of service delivery for people living with severe mental illness, which is now in clinical use in several Australian states.

Frank has thrice received the UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Partnership. He has been honoured with the National Drug and Alcohol Awards Research Award, multiple Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Awards, the Distinguished Career Award of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and many other awards recognising his research excellence and impact.

His commitment to helping others meet their potential, and Frank’s joy in their achievements, is exemplary. He is a supportive and insightful colleague who has supervised more than 60 PhD students and over 100 masters and honours students. A generous and sought-after mentor to early and mid-career researchers, he was awarded the Australian Psychological Society’s Mentoring Award in 2018 in recognition of his valuable contribution to the sector’s future.

After formally retiring in 2020, Frank remains deeply engaged with the School of Psychology and UOW more broadly as an Honorary Professor. He continues to supervise HDR students, mentor early and mid-career researchers, participate in collaborative research projects, and publish prolifically. He also remains a member of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Australia.

Deputy Chancellor, through his academic, educational and leadership excellence, Senior Professor Frank Deane has made an immense and enduring contribution to our institution, our communities and the lives of people impacted by mental illness.

It is a privilege to present Senior Professor Frank Deane to be admitted as an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong.