Our Researchers

The School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy is home to a diverse and active group of research academics.

   

 

Honorary Appointments:  
Research Support Team:  

Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw
Adjunct Associate Professor

Centre for Peace and Security

Research interests

  • Children, parents and families – domestic violence; child protection; child-inclusive practice; children and families in transition (divorce, separation, relocation); shared parenting and family law
  • Mediation, peace building and conflict resolution – family mediation; workplace relations, mediation and team-building; culture and conflict; mediation in the Asia Pacific region
  • Gender – verbal abuse and construction of masculinities and femininities; gender and violence
  • Conflict and bullying in schools; adolescents, conflict and educational drama
  • The prevention of abuse of older people; family mediation and older people

Dr Siobhan Banks
Senior Research Fellow / Co Director: Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Research interests

  • Impact of sleep deprivation and countermeasures on neurobehavioral and physiological functioning.

Professor Ina Bornkesell-Schlesewsky
Professor

Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Research interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of language
  • Computational properties of the dorsal and ventral auditory streams
  • Cross-linguistic diversity (Neurotypology)

Associate Professor Janet Bryan
Adjunct Associate Professor  

Research interests

  • Cognitive change across the life-span
  • The development of the executive functions during emerging adulthood and older adulthood
  • Nutrition, life-style, cognition and psychological wellbeing

Associate Professor Lia Bryant
Associate Professor of Social Work

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Rurality: rural communities; identities; agricultural production and gender; pluriacitivity and enterprise development; diversity; sexualities; embodiment; intimacy; ethnicities; mining and food processing labour markets
  • Gender: gender and work; gendered identities; gendered embodiment; heterosexuality
  • Qualitative methodologies: textual and visual; relationships between methodologies and theory
  • Feminist theories especially sexuality, embodiment; work; subjectivities; Intersectionality
  • Theories of space and place; identity and belonging

Dr Fiona Buchanan
Lecturer

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Domestic violence
  • Gender issues
  • Childhood trauma
  • Mothering
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
  • Knowledge in emotions
  • Incorporating arts as research methods

Dr Helen Cameron
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Social Policy Research Group

Research interests

  • Socially disadvantaged families with young children – circumstances, services and support
  • Crime and offending; the rehabilitation of offenders
  • Management of conflict, anger and aggression; road rage
  • Housing options for those with mental illness
  • Families at risk

Dr Stephanie Centofanti
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Research interests

  • Neurobehavioural effects of sleep loss
  • Psychophysiological impacts of shift work
  • Resilience and coping styles

Ms Amy Cleland
Lecturer 

Research interests

  • Indigenous Knowledges
  • Cultural Competence in Human Services Practice: Social Work and Psychology
  • Colonialism
  • Critical Race and Whiteness Theory

Dr Scott Coussens
Laboratory Coordinator 

Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Research interests

  • Sleep Physiology
  • Sleep Disorders and Treatments
  • Electroencephalography
  • Signal Analysis

Dr Jill Chonody
Adjunct Research Fellow

Research interests

  •   Depression
  •   Anxiety Disorders
  •   Trauma
  •    Abuse

Dr Owen Churches
Adjunct Research Associate 

Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Research interests

  •  Cognitive neuroscience

Dr Helena de Anstiss
Lecturer / Program Director: Social Work

Research interests

  • Program development and implementation
  • Cultural competence
  • Transcultural mental health
  • Youth issues

Ms Sophie Diamandi
Program Director

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Cultural diversity – refugees, migrants; problem gambling and working with older persons in culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Organisational cultural competence and cultural audits
  • Field education – policy and practice issues; implications for the profession; supervision approaches; teaching and learning strategies for students and supervisors; social work theory and practice
  • Feminist social work and gender issues – implications for social work practice
  • Domestic violence and child sexual abuse – implications for social work practice

Professor Maureen Dollard
Professor 

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research Interests

  • Workplace psychosocial risk factors
  • Australian Workplace Barometer
  • Workplace mental health
  • Psychosocial safety climate
  • Rural psychology

Associate Professor Jill Dorrian 
Associate Professor: Psychology / Co Director: Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Research interests

  • Neurobehavioural effects of sleep loss
  • Productivity, safety and health in shiftwork operations
  • Alcohol consumption, dependence and abuse

Professor Christian Dormann
Adjunct Professor 

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Psychological stress at work
  • Longitudinal studies on stress at work
  • Stress-oriented job analysis
  • Job satisfaction
  • Customer satisfaction and service quality

Dr Bridget Garnham
Research Fellow

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Qualitative Inquiry;
  • Farmer distress and suicide in relation to rurality, political and moral economies and emotion;
  • Contemporary subjective experiences of older people;
  • Post-essentialist theoretical approaches and particularly the thought of Michel Foucault;
  • Ethics and practices of self transformation

Professor David Gleaves 
Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

Psychology Clinic

Research interests

  • Eating Disorders and behaviour
  • Body Image
  • Dissociative disorders and trauma
  • Taxometrics
  • Psychometrics

Dr Kalpana Goel
Lecturer 

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Community development, rural social work, group work and mental Health
  • Strategies for student engagement in higher education

Professor Bernard Guerin
Professor 

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Building a new contextual form of psychology, synthesizing the social science disciplines
  • Showing how the social context appear in analyses of everyday social life strategies
  • Re-thinking mental health by the inclusion of the social and cultural context, and the roles of discourses around mental health and spirituality
  • Community research, practice and intervention; especially working alongside Indigenous, refugee and migrant communities
  • Discrimination and prejudice in their social context and interventions to reduce their use in everyday life
  • The role of language in "doing" our social strategies, including the role of stories, rumours, jokes, etc.
  • Music and religion in their social contexts

Professor Riaz Hassan
Professor 

International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Research interests

  • Political Violence
  • Suicide
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology Societies
  • Muslim Societies

Dr Cate Hudson
Unit Head: Social Work and Rural Practice

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Men’s studies – identity and constructions of masculinity in communities and across the lifespan
  • Rural and regional- service provision; parents and families; youth
  • Engagement - University and community partnerships; workforce sustainability
  • Technology for enhanced teaching and learning

Dr Amanda Hutchinson
Senior Lecturer

Psychology Clinic / Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Research interests

  • Expectancies and outcomes of cancer treatment
  • Cognitive impairment and cancer treatment
  • Cancer prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle
  • Mindfulness and health behaviour
  • Predictors of sun exposure and sun protection behaviours

Professor Jan De Jonge
Adjunct Professor 

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Human Performance Management
  • Advanced Methods and Statistics

Associate Professor Phil Kavanagh
Associate Head of School: Research / Discipline Head: Psychology / Program Director:Master Psychology (Clinical)

Psychology Clinic / Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Evolutionary, Personality and Social Psychology
  • Self-esteem
  • Sociometer Theory
  • The Dark Triad
  • Life History Theory

Dr Hannah Keage 
Senior Lecturer

Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Research interests

  • Fields: cognitive neuroscience, behavioural neuroscience, biological psychology, experimental psychology
  • Methods: electroencephalogram/EEG, event related potentials/ERPs, transcranial doppler/TCD, immunohistochemistry
  • Topics: age-related cognitive change (lifespan), dementia including Alzheimer's disease, cognition, cognitive reserve, neuronal-cerebrovascular interactions
  • Approaches: Population and clinic-based, longitudinal and cross-sectional

Dr Sue King
Adjunct Researcher

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Remand in custody
  • Conceptualisations of correctional officers' work
  • Human service work
  • Street level bureaucrats
  • Social policy
  • Restorative justice
  • Policy development
  • Correctional administration

Dr Mark Kohler 
Senior Lecturer

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Research interests

  • Sleep and cognition
  • Child development and child mental health
  • Memory

Dr Carla Litchfield
Senior Lecturer / Program Director: Professional Liaison and Accreditation Psychology

Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group

Research interests

  • Conservation Psychology- applying principles of Psychology to change non-sustainable human behaviour; and to enhance welfare of animals in captive and ‘wild’ environments
  • Great Ape behaviour, cognition and conservation
  • The bushmeat trade crisis in Africa and possible solutions for hundreds of orphaned Great Apes in African sanctuaries
  • Responsible wildlife tourism; applications of Ecological Learning Theory
  • Behavioural enrichment to promote captive animal welfare, maintenance of behavioural diversity for successful reintroduction of captive animals
  • Human-animal interactions; psychopathology and animal abuse
  • Dog behaviour and cognition and human fear of dogs

Dr Tobias Loetscher
Senior Lecturer 

Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Research interests

  • Cognition
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Numerical Processing
  • Laterality

Professor Kurt Lushington
Head of School 

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

Research interests

  • Adult sleep disorders
  • Child sleep disorders
  • Information technologies in teaching
  • Stress and fatigue

Dr Sarven McLinton 
Research Associate

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Workplace bullying
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Instrument development
  • Delphi method
  • Anger and work stress 

Dr Shepard Masocha
Lecturer

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Exploring the role of language as a vehicle for social work practice and in the construction of subjectivities

Associate Professor Nicole Moulding
Senior Lecturer / Research Degree Coordinator / Program Director: Social Work (Honours)
Program Director: Professional Liaison and Accreditation Social Work

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Mental health, the links between violence against women and mental health
  • Social work approaches to mental health
  • Gender and mental health

Dr Valerie O'Keeffe
Research Fellow

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • healthcare human factors and ergonomics
  • work organisation, job design, job quality and well-being at work
  • participation, consultation, communication and worker health and safety and well-being
    the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • the management of psychosocial hazards and prevention of work-related psychological ill health
  • work (occupational) health and safety legislation and policy development

Dr Elissa Pearson
Lecturer 

Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group

Research interests

  • Conservation Psychology
  • Teaching and learning in Psychology
  • Human-animal interactions
  • Environmental education
  • Animal behaviour
  • Applied psychology

Dr Nadine Pelling
Senior Lecturer

Psychology Clinic 

Research interests

  • Counselling as a profession
  • Counsellor development and supervision
  • Clinician development and supervision versus counselling
  • Addictions
  • Multicultural issues (including sexual minorities)
  • The use of technology in counselling and psychology

Dr Robert Ranzijn
Adjunct Researcher

Research interests

  • Psychology and Indigenous Australians
  • Adult development and ageing in diverse and marginalised groups of people
  • Productive ageing, positive psychology of ageing, successful ageing

Associate Professor Harry Savelsberg 
Associate Professor / Program Director: Program Development and Innovation

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Sociological and policy investigations of young people experiencing challenging circumstances

Professor Matthias Schlesewsky 
Professor / Program Director HDR

Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Research interests

  • Neurobiology of Language
  • Neurotypology
  • Language and Ageing
  • Complex systems in Cognitive Science

Associate Professor Akihito Shimazu
Adjunct Associate Professor

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Mental health
  • Occupational mental health
  • Behavioral science
  • Clinical psychology
  • Public health educational and social psychology

Dr Matthew Smout 
Senior Clinic Supervisor / Program Director Clinical Psychology

Psychology Clinic

Research interests

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: theory and practice
  • Schema therapy: theory and practice
  • Improving psychotherapy practice in routine settings
  • Methamphetamine and other addictive behaviours

Dr Susan Simpson, Clinical Psychology 
Adjunct Researcher

Research interests

  • Personality disorders
  • Chronic psychological difficulties
  • Schema therapy model
  • Remote and Rural Clinical Psychology
  • Tele-psychology/video therapy
  • Eating disorders, motivation to change, 3D body scanning

Dr Helen Stallman
Senior Lecturer

Psychology Clinic  / Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Research interests

  • Wellbeing and resilience in university students
  • Children, parents and families
  • Higher education
  • E-psychology

Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson
Associate Head of School: Teaching and Learning

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Indigenous governance, policy, politics
  • Post-colonialism and globalisation
  • Participatory research methods
  • Community and social development; social and emotional well-being
  • Critical management perspectives

Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey 
Associate Professor

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Psychosocial influences on well-being at work, particularly workplace bullying
  • Acute stressors (e.g., potentially traumatic events, such as those attended by emergency services personnel)
  • Emotion regulation at work
  • The pathways to work engagement

Professor Sarah Wendt
Adjunct Researcher

Research interests

  • Violence against women
  • Domestic violence
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Feminist theory
  • Rurality

Professor Tony Winefield
Professor

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Psychology of unemployment
  • Organisational stress
  • Learned helplessness

Dr Nilan Yu
Lecturer / Program Director: Masters of Social Work 

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Disability and exclusion
  • Migration
  • Social policy and local governance

Associate Professor Tahereh Ziaian
Associate Professor

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Research interests

  • Transcultural Mental Health Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Immigration, acculturation and intercultural relations
  • Cultural diversity in health care and cross-cultural communications
  • Refugee and Migrant Youths issues
  • Overarching interest in health inequities, specially multidisciplinary and multi-method approached to understanding inclusive and appropriate health care

Dr Carole Zufferey
Lecturer 

Centre for Social Change

Research interests

  • Homelessness
  • Social work practice and education
  • Domestic violence
  • Child protection
  • Employment
  • Mental health

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