Assoc Prof Alicia Evans
Associate Professor Alicia Evans is the Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Vic) at Australian Catholic University (ACU).  Her role provides leadership and management of the Victorian campuses of the School with undergraduate enrolments exceeding 3,000 students.
Alicia joined ACU in 2009 from Deakin University.  She has a background in mental health nursing, having had an extensive clinical career before joining the academy in 2006.  This included Director of Nursing positions at Pentridge Hospital and Eastern Health Mental Health Service, Business Development Manager at Forensicare and Senior Advisor in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, state Health Department.
Her PhD thesis was an investigation of occupational anxiety in nursing and a theorization of anxiety as an organizing factor in nursing group dynamics.  Alicia is also a practising Lacanian psychoanalyst and frequently uses both psychoanalytic and post-structural theory in her research program.  She supervises higher degree by research students and has expertise in qualitative research methods, particularly discourse analysis.
Rebeiro, G., Evans, A., Edward, K-L., & Chapman, R. (2017). Registered Nurse buddies: Educators by proxy?  Nurse Education Today, 55, 1-4.
Licqurish, S. & Evans, A. (2016). Risk or right:  A discourse analysis of midwifery and obstetric colleges and homebirth position statements.  Nursing Inquiry, 23(1), 86-94.
Evans, A.M. (2016). The grammar of sex: verb or noun? In L.Clifton (Ed.) Since Lacan:  Papers of The Freudian School of Melbourne, Vol 25 (pp 127-134).  Karnac Books: London.
Rebeiro, G., Edward, K., Chapman, R. & Evans, A. (2015). Interpersonal relationships between registered nurses and student nurses in the clinical setting.  A systematic integrative review, Nurse Education Today, 35, 1206-1211.
Ward, C., Evans, A., Ford, R. & Glass, N. (2015). Health professionals perspectives of care for seriously ill children living at home. Nursing Praxis, 31(2),25-33.
Kay, K., Evans, A.M, & Glass, N. (2015). Moments of speaking and silencing: Nurses share their experiences of manual handling in healthcare. Collegian, 22, 61-70.
Evans, A.M., Traynor, M. & Glass, N. (2014). Anxiety and surplus in nursing practice: lessons from Lacan and Bataille. Nursing Philosophy, 15(3), 183-191.
Traynor, M. & Evans, A. (2014). Slavery and jouissance: analysing complaints of suffering in nurses talk about nursing work.  Nursing Philosophy, 15(3), 192-200.
Evans, A.M., Traynor, M. & Glass, N. (2014). An exploration of jealousy in nursing: a Kleinian analysis. Nursing Inquiry, 21(2). 171-178.
Kay, K, Glass, N., & Evans, A.M. (2014). Its not about the hoist: A narrative literature review of manual handling in health care.  Journal of Research in Nursing, 19(3), 226-245.
Kay, K., Glass, N. & Evans, A.M. (2014). Loaded both ways: The impact of dialectical tensions on nurses' manual handling practice. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 4(1), 219-228.
Evans, A.M., Pereira, D.A. & Parker, J.M. (2013). Categorising the nurse-researcher during fieldwork: One of us or one of them? Journal of Research in Nursing, 18(8), 707-717.
Kay, K., Glass, N., Evans, A. (2012). Reconceptualising manual handling: Foundations for practice change. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2(3), 203-212.
Evans, A.M. (2011). Governing student assessment: administrative rules, silenced academics and performing students. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 36(2), 213-223.
Evans, A.M. (2010). Strange yet compelling: angst and abjection in hospital nursing.  In T. Rudge & D. Holmes (Eds.), Abjectly boundless: Boundaries, bodies and health work.  (pp 199-212).Surrey, England: Ashgate
Evans, A.M. (2010) Governing post-operative pain: the construction of good and active patients, good and busy nurses and the nonsense of patient satisfaction. Aporia, 2(3), 24-31.
Evans, A.M., Pereira, D.A. & Parker, J.M. (2009).  Discourses of anxiety and transference in nursing practice: the subject of knowledge. Nursing Inquiry,16(3), 251-260
Evans, A.M., Pereira, D.A. & Parker, J.M. (2008).  Occupational distress in nursing: a psychoanalytic reading of the literature.  Nursing Philosophy, 9(3), 195-204
Evans, A.M., Pereira, D.A. & Parker, J.M. (2008). Discourses of anxiety in nursing practice: a psychoanalytic case study of the change-of-shift handover ritual. Nursing Inquiry, 15(1), 40-48
Evans, A.M. (2007). Transference in the nurse-patient relationship.  Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14, 189-195.
Evans, A.M. (2005). Patient or consumer? The colonization of the psychiatric clinic. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 14(4). 285-289
Evans, A.M. & Wells, D. (2001).Scope of practice issues in forensic nursing. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 39(1). 38-45
Evans, A. & McGilvray, L. (1996).RNs trial a forensic nursing service. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 14(2).Pp11-15.
Evans, A.M. (1995). Philosophy of nursing: Future directions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing.4(1).Pp.14-21
CONFERENCE PAPERS (PEER REVIEWED ABSTRACTS)
Evans, A. (2018, June). Psychosis, sexuality and risk.  Paper presented at the 7th International In Sickness and In Health Conference. Sydney. 7-9 June.
Evans, A. (2018, June). Psychosis, Sexuality, power relations and the production of difference.  Paper presented at the 7th International In Sickness and In Health Conference. Sydney. 7-9 June.
Evans, A. (2015, Aug.) The art of mental health nursing.  Paper presented at the 16th Victorian Collaborative Psychiatric Nursing    Conference. Melbourne. 6th -7th August.
Fergie, D., Evans, A., Blair, N. (2015, Apr.) Boundary riders.  Paper presented at The Qualitative Methods Conference. Melbourne. 28th -30th April.
Evans, A.M. (2014, Dec). Foucault and Lacan: Sexuality, language and psychoanalysis. Paper presented at The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Conference. Melbourne.4th-6th December.
Evans, A.M. (2014, Sept.).When you let things say themselves: Sex, language and sexuality.  Paper presented at The Freudian School of Melbourne's Annual Homage to Lacan. Melbourne.
Traynor, M. & Evans, A. (2013). Slavery and jouissance: analysing complaints of suffering in UK and Australian nurses talk about their work. Paper presented at Reworking Lacan at work, Paris, France, 14th-15th June.
Evans, A.M. (2012, Sept.). 'Scientific sexuality' or sex as a verb? Psychiatry or psychoanalysis? Paper presented at The Freudian School of Melbourne's Annual Homage to Lacan. Melbourne.
Evans, A.M. (2011). The place of madness: from banishment outside to banishment within. For the 4th International In sickness and in health conference, Odense, Denmark, May 4-6. .
Traynor, M., Evans A. & Leliopoulou, C. (2011). Masochism in nursing: ethics after Lacan and Zizek. For the 4th International In sickness and in health conference, Odense, Denmark, May 4-6.
Evans, A.M. (2009). Governing post-operative pain. For the 3rd International In sickness and in health conference: Government of the sick in the clinic and the community, British Columbia, Canada, April 15 - 17
Evans, A.M. (2008). For the love of a story: psychoanalysis and literature. For the Annual conference, The Freudian School of Melbourne, Melbourne.
Evans, A.M. (2008). Reconsidering the symptom &ndash anxiety, demand and psychiatric nursing practice. For the 9th Collaborative Psychiatric Nursing Conference, Melbourne. Abstract peer-reviewed.
Evans, A.M. (2007). Listening and holding firm: foregrounding the nurse-patient relationship in an era of pharmacological psychiatric nursing.  For the 8th Collaborative Psychiatric Nursing Conference, Melbourne.  Abstract peer-reviewed.
INVITED SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
Evans, A. (2017). The structure of fantasy & Traversing the fantasm. Seminars presented to The seminar of the Freudian School of    Melbourne, 23rd & 30th August 2017.
Evans, A. (2015).  Introduction to qualitative methods.  For ACU Faculty HDR research training, Videolink to all campuses, 2nd September 2015.
Evans, A. (2015). What constitutes the end of analysis?  Seminar presented to The seminar of the Freudian School of Melbourne, 15th & 22nd July 2015
Evans, A. (2014). Discourse in psychoanalysis: context and method.  Seminar presented to The seminar of the Freudian School of Melbourne, 26th February & 6th March, 2014.
Evans, A. (2013). Jouissance: phallic, of the Other and surplus. Seminar presented to The seminar of the Freudian School of Melbourne, 1st May & 8th May, 2013.
GUEST LECTURING: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND INVITED SPEAKER INVITATIONS
Evans, A.M (2013). Lacanian psychoanalysis.  Invited speaker: For Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, 4th Annual Victorian Branch Therapy Buffet workshop. Melbourne, 25th November 2013.
Evans, A.M. (2010). Psychodynamic  psychotherapy.  Invited speaker: For the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Victorian Branch, Therapy buffet and workshop. Melbourne, 28th May, 2010.
Evans, A.M. (2010). Developing and sustaining a therapeutic relationship: Lessons from psychoanalysis.   Invited speaker: For the CompleXYZity: Developing and maintaining therapeutic  relationships with clients with complex needs.    Inaugural Southern Health Mental Health Nursing Summit, Melbourne.
Evans, A.M. (2008). Clinical supervision from a psychoanalytic perspective Invited speaker: for the  Clinical supervision workshop, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing,  Melbourne.
Evans, A.M. (2007). Psychoanalysis in an era of pharmacological psychiatry &ndash old fashioned or helpful?  Keynote address: for the Winter conference, Northeast Mental Health Service, Beechworth, Victoria
Evans, A.M. (2007), Churchill Fellowships.  Invited speaker: for the University of Melbourne, School of Nursing, Research week.
Associate Professor Evans' research program is focused on anxiety, sexuality and group dynamics. She frequently investigates mental health and social issues of vulnerable populations, often exploring the way in which psychoanalytic and Foucauldian theories can provide new insights into how health care is both practised and governed. She has an abiding interest in politics and how the personal shapes the political, be that in relation to the group, the hospital or the nation.
Mental health nursing
Member, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Psychoanalyst member, The Freudian School of Melbourne
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