In 2001 Dr. Anita Milicevic came to Australia with her young family as a refugee from the Balkans war. Since that time she has completed an Honors degree and a PhD in Psychology at Victoria University. Throughout 3.5 years of her PhD study, she has held positions as a Family Therapist, Disability Worker, Community Worker, Youth Justice Support Cultural Worker as well as working as a Lecturer in Psychology.
Anita is passionate about research and she is particularly driven by a need to understand the interconnection of the psychological, social and political dimensions of war and refugee trauma. Her enthusiasm for community development and her commitment to working in area of compassion and community reconciliation was recognized by Victorian Refugee Recognition Record for outstanding efforts and commendable achievements to the community and the State of Victoria. Anita’s special research area is emotional resilience, phenomenology and her speciality is first-person methodology. She has been working collaboratively with various researchers in Australia, Ireland and US.
Currently, she works as Higher Education Coordinator at Chisholm Institute. Anita is responsible for development and ongoing management of the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, AOD. She provides leadership to 10 subject coordinators. She has employed scholarly teaching practices and subjective, first—person introspection that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. In 2015 Anita completed her CEBT Training with Dr. Eve Ekman and Dr. Alan Wallace and she formally became a student of Alan Wallace. She piloted and tested a new educational program for emotional literacy among students and lecturers. Anita is responsible for conducting research and supervision of research assistants and undergraduate students at Chisholm Institute and PhD students at Victoria University.