Meet our team of experts
The Mental Fitness Project has assembled a team of world-class educators to bring you cutting-edge, evidence-based content in mental fitness.
A former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist who is currently completing a PhD in Applied Psychology, where he is developing and testing resilience strategies with the Australian Defence Science Technology Group & The University of Newcastle.
He is the Director of The Mind-Body-Brain Performance Institute, where he delivers resilience, leadership and executive performance workshops to companies such as J&J, Oracle, SAP, PWC, NAB, CBA, BUPA, Medibank and the Australian Military.
In 2010 Paul created and co-hosted the TV series Body and Brain Overhaul and he appeared regularly on The Biggest Loser TV series as a subject matter expert. In 2010 and 2015, he was voted Australian Fitness Industry presenter of the year.
Paul is the host of The MindBodyBrain Project Podcast and his last venture was The Resilient Mind, an online program and App that is currently used by a number of Corporations and has proven benefits for resilience, mental wellbeing and levels of burnout of participants.
Paul has a proven track record in Leadership and dealing in high-pressure situations, through his former roles as an Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and a Helicopter Search-And-Rescue Crew Member with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.
He has undergone rigorous Military Combat Survival and Resistance-to-Interrogation Training and in 2012, he became a professional boxer. In 2019, he took up Karate to create memories with his kids and in 2021, both Paul and his 10-year old Oscar became Australian Kumite Champions.
Dr Joanna McMillan
"My goal is to bring you evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle information, help you sift through the ever-changing trends and spot the misinformation and nonsense, to ultimately help you to lead a healthier, happier life."
Scottish-born Dr Joanna McMillan has become one of Australia’s favourite and best-known nutrition and lifestyle specialists. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with La Trobe University, guest lecturer at The University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
As a warm and engaging MC, keynote and TEDx speaker (with over one million views), Joanna travels Internationally. She is a popular health presenter and a regular on television and radio, with over 15 years presenting health and nutrition segments on The Today Show and as a presenter on ABC's science show Catalyst.
Joanna is an accomplished author of eight books, including the latest The Feel-Good Family Food Plan (Murdoch Books, 2020). She has also written and narrated a series of Audible Originals: Gutfull, What to Eat for a Happy Gut (Dec 2020), Food Fight, Making Sense of the Diet Wars (Dec 2021) and Mindfull, What to Eat for a Better Brain (May 2022).
Joanna has been a nutrition consultant to Cobram Estate Olives Pty Ltd for several years and in 2021 was appointed as a Director on the Board.
Joanna is an ambassador to Diabetes Australia, The Skin Health Institute, FoodBank and the Orangutan Alliance. She lives in Sydney with her husband, two sons and her walking buddy, their labradoodle Spartacus.
Stay tuned to hear about her 'Get Lean' series coming out soon.
Prof Joseph Ciarrochi
Professor Joseph Ciarrochi is among the top one percent most cited scientists in the world for his revolutionary work on the development and promotion of well-being. He focuses on psychological flexibility, or what he terms “flexible strength”, a cluster of skills that can be used to promote personal growth and build vitality and valued action. Examples of skills related to flexible strength are emotional intelligence, social intelligence, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, nonattachment, grit, equanimity, will-power and emotion regulation skill.
Professor Ciarrochi has given presentations and workshops all over the world, on how best to promote well-being and peak performance. He is a research professor, and all talks are based on the best available science. He works with a wide variety of groups, including people in organizational settings, adolescents, teachers, leaders, and members of the public. His work focuses on finding the best way to:
- Develop character strengths such as courage, perspective taking, and flexibility.
- Assess and promote emotional intelligence.
- Help people live more vital, meaningful lives.
- Improve social relationships and social functioning.
- Create supportive work groups and communities.
- Help people to persist at what they care about and change their behaviour when the situation calls for it.
Carly is a Mental Fitness Coach trained and experienced in Japanese Psychology (Morita Therapy, Naikan & Ikigai), ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), a University qualified Nutritionist, a certified Personal Trainer and a, accredited Health Coach (HCANZA) with over 10 years’ experience in the area of behaviour change. Carly coaches individuals and presents to corporates on Mental Fitness, covering Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, Sleep, Purpose and Connection.
Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators in the areas of health, high-performance, resilience, self-management, leadership, corporate change, communication, stress management, addiction and personal transformation. Craig has been an integral part of the Australian health and fitness industry since 1982 and in that time has worked as an Exercise Scientist, Corporate Speaker, Consultant, University Lecturer, AFL Conditioning Coach, Radio Host, TV Presenter, Writer and successful Business Owner. In 1990 Craig established Harper’s Personal Training, which evolved into one of the most successful businesses of its kind and inhabited the Australian fitness landscape for almost a quarter of a century. Craig currently hosts a successful Podcast called ‘The You Project’, is partnering with the Neuroscience Team at Monash University, exploring the spectrum of human thinking and behaviour, with a specific focus on addiction and its treatment. He’s also completing a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology.
Craig can be heard weekly on various radio stations around Australia and hosted his own weekly show on Melbourne radio called ‘the Science of Sport’ for a decade. For two years he was the host of Foxtel’s Living Life Now and for three years Craig filled an on-air role on Network Ten’s ‘9AM’ morning show as their resident Fitness Expert and Performance Coach. Craig currently fills an on-air role as a presenter on a lifestyle show called ‘Get a Life’, airing on Foxtel. As well as having written for the Herald Sun newspaper, numerous magazines and authoring seven books, Craig was also the director of Health and Wellness for Dayhab; one of Australia’s leading addiction treatment facilities for three years.
As an Exercise Scientist, Craig has worked with many professional athletes and teams including St. Kilda F.C., Melbourne Vixens, Melbourne Phoenix, Port Melbourne F.C., Nissan Motorsport and a long list of Olympians and world-class athletes competing in a broad range of sports. While still working with teams and individuals on a regular basis, these days Craig delivers more than one hundred corporate presentations annually.