Researcher biography

Amber is a writer, editor, and communications strategist who teaches in the Writing, Editing and Publishing program. Her PhD, which received a Dean's Award for Outstanding HDR Theses, focused on the experiences of readers with a history of depression who choose and use self-help books. This research considered the ways readers interact with texts, from a reader-response or reader-reception approach. Amber has an enduring interest in publishing ecosystems, popular psychology, illness narratives, and user-centred writing.

In addition to her teaching, Amber works as a communications adviser for the Queensland Department of Education and as production manager and copyeditor for the Journal of Australian Studies. Her essays and creative non-fiction have been published in Griffith Review, Overland, and Kill Your Darlings, among others.

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