Professor Debra K. Creedy

Short biography:

Professor Debra Creedy is a registered nurse with a BA (Hons) and PhD in Psychology. Professor Creedy has an international reputation in clinical and educational research.  She is Professor of Perinatal Mental Health at Griffith University. Professor Creedy has conducted maternity research for the past 30 years. Her clinical research involves successful randomised controlled trials on the effectiveness of counselling interventions to assist distressed women; and support programs for couples becoming parents. To promote evidence-based practice, Professor Creedy has conducted several systematic reviews through the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and the Joanna Briggs Institute. Her methodological expertise relates to tool development and mixed methods evaluations. Current projects include the development and measurement of students’ critical thinking; and measurement of academics’ awareness of cultural safety, and evaluation of students’ developing cultural capabilities. Professor Creedy is co-author of the text, Health & Human Behaviour, and has over 270 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.


Professor Creedy has held significant education leadership roles as Head and Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences; and Dean of Health (with oversight of 15 health professional programs). She is a national and international leader in maternity services research and midwifery educational research. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.


University location: Griffith University, Logan campus, South East Queensland


Phone: +61 7 33821083


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Research keywords (maximum 7/8)

Perinatal mental health; Birth trauma, Perinatal depression and anxiety; Health professional education research; measurement; systematic reviews