Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.
With a PhD from QUT, Judy's primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the We Al-li program which was used as a foundation stone for the Masters in Indigenous Studies (wellbeing); the undergraduate degree Trauma and Healing, and the Diploma of Community Recovery.
Judy's book: Trauma Trails - Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, provides context to the life stories of people who have moved/been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people who make connections with each other and share their stories of healing.
Judy retired at the end of 2010 so she can focus on writing and working with communities in Australia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea in educational - healing work, what she calls educaring.