Our Staff

Our Staff

Associate Professor Ray Lovett

Study Leader


Associate Professor Ray Lovett is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) man from western NSW. He is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in health research, public health policy development and evaluation.

Ray is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Program Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health with the Chronic Disease Epidemiology group at NCEPH, Australian National University.

Prior to his research career, he was a health policy advisor in the Aboriginal health workforce. He has a clinical background as a registered nurse and Aboriginal health worker.

Ray is recognised nationally for his work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research. His work includes integrating culture and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics.


Jan Chapman

Project Manager


Jan Chapman is a Taungurung woman from Victoria. She graduated from the University of Tasmania with a degree in Public Policy and Social Ecology. Jan moved to Canberra in 2008, working with the ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Indigenous Chronic Disease’ section in the Department of Health.

Jan is currently employed in a full-time shared capacity at AIATSIS, and as part of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology team at the Australian National University. She was Secretary for the AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee.


Dr Katie Thurber

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr Katie Thurber works with the Mayi Kuwayu Study team as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Katie assists with study development and data analysis. She completed her PhD at NCEPH under the supervision of Professor Emily Banks and Associate Professor Ray Lovett.

Katie’s PhD research explored the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health, focusing on nutrition and weight status.


Rochelle Jones

Research Services Officer


Rochelle is a Gunggari woman with strong ties to Laura and Woorabinda communities. Rochelle has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Indigenous Studies) at the University of Canberra.

She has worked for Aboriginal Studies Press at AIATSIS as a Publishing Assistant for the last four years. This enabled her to promote academic work written by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Rochelle is passionate about working with Aboriginal people to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.


Lachlan Russell

Executive Officer


Lachlan works across a broad array of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research projects in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Team at NCEPH. He provides research management support to the Program Leader, Dr Ray Lovett and the other Research Fellows in the team.

His previous roles included being a Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and was Secretary for the AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee.


Ruth Gilbert

Communications Officer


Ruth is from the Wiradjuri nation. She recently completed a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations from the University of Canberra. Prior to working at NCEPH, Ruth worked in the Public Engagement Program Area and other teams in AIATSIS.

Ruth has a publishing and editorial background with Aboriginal publishing house Magabala Books in Broome. She is strongly committed to social justice for Aboriginal people.