Helen J Roberts

Current position: Part-time radiographer / Future UTAS Student – working on proposal

Years qualified as an RT: 22

Research areas of interest: Breast Cancer, Vitamin D

Research qualifications: Master of Science – about to start

Why did you decide to get involved in research?

I got into research early in my radiography career, as it was the major portion of my Clinical teachers Course, and it has progressed from there. I was motivated by other people’s published research, to ask my own questions.

Who encouraged you to get involved in research and who do you go to for advice when you need it? 

My husband!

What sort of activities/studies have you been involved in?

Data collection and analysis, case-study research, survey-based research, auditing and clinical trial.

What do you enjoy most about being involved in these research activities?

I love the challenge, and to feel as though I am doing something worthwhile. I love the enthusiasm everyone I have met has for their research, and the willingness to share knowledge and help others.

What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research?

A mortgage!

What one piece of advice would you give other researchers who have never been involved in research before?

Try it.

What is your greatest research achievement?

Being involved in research that assisted my colleagues achieve their best.

How do you balance research/work/family life?

By being really organised, and setting goals.

How did you find a mentor/supervisor?

Through UTAS website and on personal recommendation.