The award is in recognition of Professor Spence’s distinguished service to mental health research, particularly to prevention and treatment in young people, to tertiary education, and as a mentor.
Professor Spence said she is excited and thrilled by the accolade.
Since stepping down from her senior management position at Griffith University in 2014, Professor Spence’s work has focused on BRAVE-Online, a program for the treatment, early intervention and prevention of anxiety in children and adolescents.
“We know that, if left untreated, anxiety problems during childhood and adolescence are a major risk factor in the development of depression later in life,” said Professor Spence.
Professor Spence said that as much as yesterday’s Australia Day announcement is cause for personal celebration, so too does it confirm appreciation for the fact such honours are never achieved alone.
“When you’ve worked hard over so many years, it is very pleasing to have people value what you have done. However, you cannot do these things on your own,” she said.
“I am indebted to so many, to family, friends and colleagues, and I accept this honour on behalf of all we have achieved together.”
Congratulations Sue from all of the Brave team
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