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Thomas Trauer BA(Hons), PhD

Thomas (Tom) Trauer was born in Manchester, England, on 10 November 1944. Although his Jewish parents had escaped the Holocaust, few of their wider family survived and, as an only child, Tom became the sole member of his generation. Previously qualified in Prague, Tom’s father Robert repeated his medical degree in Adelaide in order to practise in Australia, and the family settled in St Kilda. While Robert practised as a general practitioner and pursued his passion for visual art, Tom attended Brighton Grammar School before commencing his psychology studies at the University of Melbourne.

He forged lifelong friendships during his study, and met his future wife Barbara through Melbourne University Choral Society. They married in London in 1971 and had two sons. Tom completed his doctorate, before moving into management roles in the Department of Psychology of King’s College London and with Camberwell Health Authority.

On returning to Melbourne in 1989, Tom worked as a senior psychologist in Mont Park and Larundel psychiatric hospitals, before focusing on research through the 1990s. By the time of his death, he was Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor at Monash…