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Dr Oksana Zelenko

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office


Dr Oksana Zelenko
Discipline Leader
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Arts (Communication Design) with Distinction (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Creative Industries (First Class Honours) (Queensland University of Technology)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Oksana Zelenko is Head of Discipline, Interactive and Visual Design. She is a design academic and researcher at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her area of expertise is in interaction and visual design for e-health applications with a specific interest in using participatory design methodology for researching and developing interactive health promoting resources for youth mental health and wellbeing. She is the editor of Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice (2012, co-edited with Emma Felton and Suzi Vaughan) published byRoutledge.

Oksana led the design research team and the commercialisation process in the development of the ARC-funded QUT Online Visual Counselling Tools project, which resulted in a world-first e-counselling application to employ visual synchronous assisted and non-assisted counselling, currently in use by Australia’s largest youth counselling organisation, KidsHelpline. Oksana has produced a report on the potential of digital media to support youth mental health for Queensland Health and QUT Resilient Children and Communities Project (2002-2006). In 2001, Oksana was the invited speaker on the potential of digital media to support community resilience in pre- and post-disaster management at the national launch of Volunteering Queensland’s Disaster Readiness Index. Oksana’s broader practice includes the design and evaluation of interactive educational programmes for cross-cultural training of medical staff in remote regions across the Pacific, development of interactive counselling modules for Queensland Government and ongoing design consultancy in the not-for-profit sector. Oksana has presented the outcomes of her research nationally and internationally.

This information has been contributed by Dr Oksana Zelenko.


  • Over the past ten years I have taught Interactive and Visual Design (IVD) across UG and PG courses in Creative Industries, IT, Business and Education Faculties
  • From 2010-2012 I Co-ordinated CIF Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Academic Program, a flagship program of advanced units with 800 students undertaking a WIL unit a year

I currently co-ordinate /lecture in the following Units:

  • DXB201 Visual Interactions (1st Year)
  • DXP402 Critical Practices in Visual Design (Master of Creative Industries)
  • KKP601 PG Research Methods (specialist topic Participatory Design)
This information has been contributed by Dr Oksana Zelenko.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.