Meet the team

me in futures workshop (534x800)

Tegan Darnell is a Librarian, a USQ Doctoral student, and the Principal Editor of ReDBlog. Her research topic for the Doctor of Professional Studies is how librarians’ narratives inhibit or create preferred library futures, and creating spaces for librarian transformation.

Marisa Parker

Marisa Parker is Researcher Development and Training (ReDTrain) Manager. Research at USQ has become a major focus over the last five years and identifying and implementing ways to support researchers and research students through this change is fundamental. Marisa has a Master in Project Management, which she completed in 2012 through part-time study and full-time work. The skills and techniques Marisa learnt through study assist her daily.


Jeffrey Gough is a first year PhD student at USQ Springfield conducting research in the field of Occupational Health Psychology. Jeff is specifically interested in how meaning, derived from social identity, sense of community and working for the greater good of society, can be used as a buffer against stress and trauma related mental illness for emergency service personnel.


Ruth Wagstaff is a part-time external PhD student, administration and support worker with extensive work in aged care.  Her PhD thesis explores age differences in the perception of chronic pain.  Her research interests include cognition, perception, and healthy ageing.  Her other loves (apart from her kids and dog) gardening, walking, and a good hearty laugh.

Jenny Olsen

Jenny Olson is a full-time PhD student.  Her research focuses on the determinants of active lifestyle behaviours in regional Australia.  Jenny is also currently on the executive committee of the Postgraduate Student Society (PReSS) club.  As an external student, Jenny lives in Narita, Japan, though she travels back to the Gold Coast (and up to the USQ Springfield campus) quite regularly.  In her spare time, she loves to travel, and is also building her skills as an amateur photographer.


Dr Francis Gacenga is QCIF’s eResearch Analyst at the University of Southern Queensland. He is responsible for the account management of eResearch Services and the local HPC cluster at USQ. He assists researchers identify and work with appropriate eResearch services for processing, storing, securing, sharing and publishing research data and results. He has a doctorate in Information Systems and is certified in IT Service Management through ISO20000 and ITIL and is a certified Software Carpentry Instructor.