Julie Vermeir, mentee in the 2019 MedTech-Pharma program in QLD (QUT).

Julie is an enthusiastic and highly dedicated individual with a proven track record for excellence. Julie’s career initially commenced with her completing a Bachelor of Information and Communication at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), followed by several years working in both the mining and architecture industries. Inspired by personal life experiences, Julie chose to reset her career in order to make a positive contribution towards improving health care services in the community. Julie returned to university in 2014 to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Highest Distinction) at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). She then followed with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with First Class Honours at Queensland University of Technology (QUT; Brisbane, Australia) where she was awarded the School of Psychology and Counselling Scholarship. Completion of Julie’s Honours Degree culminated with her being awarded the Australian Psychological Society (APS) prize for the 2016 academic year, as the graduating student with the highest achievement in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology).

Julie is currently a PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology at the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT, where she is supported by a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship and a QUT Excellence top-up scholarship. Julie’s research investigates the gamified format (i.e., adding game elements) of a web-delivered cognitive training intervention for chronic pain. Last year, she was awarded a travel grant from QUT to present her research at the 32nd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) in Galway, Ireland.

Aside from her PhD, Julie enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Julie is also a consumer representative at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and co-founder of the Red Blanket Miracle (RBM) trust along with her husband Darryl. The RBM trust is dedicated to both funding and contributing to the improvement of trauma care services for both patients and their families.