HDR Candidates

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Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre

Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group

National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing Research Group


School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy

Megan Addis
Changing places: Examining youth participation in community philanthropy as a strategy for social change
Supervisors: A/Prof Harry Savelsberg, A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson

Christina Ambrosi
The core of vulnerability and psychopathology
Supervisors:  A/Prof Phil Kavanagh, Dr Sara McLean

Tyson Boyce
Nothing about us, without us: The experience of choice and control of adults with cognitive disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Supervisors: Dr Nilan Yu

Steven Bruce
Identifying and examining support for vulnerable families in Alice Springs and the cross border region of Central Australia
Supervisors: Prof Fiona Arney, Prof Leah Bromfield

Simon Burnside
Methamphetamine use and offending: a Critical analysis, the tip of the iceberg?
Supervisors: A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson

Sophie Dahlenburg
Social media, narcissism, and self-esteem: factors influencing body dissatisfaction and health risk behaviours in males.
Supervisors: Prof David Gleaves, Dr Amanda Hutchinson, A/Prof Phil Kavanagh

Rosemaria Flaherty
High risk child protection birth alerts - Who cares?
Supervisors:  Prof Fiona Arney, Prof Leah Bromfield, Dr Kerry Lewig

Karyne Framand
Metastereotypes as mediator to the effect of group identification on support for intergroup aggression
Supervisors: A/Prof Phil Kavanagh, Prof David Gleaves

Siti Fitriani
Perception of Papuan parents on good parenting
Supervisors: Dr Carole Zufferey, Dr Fiona Buchanan, Dr Nada Ibrahim

Shane Fotheringham
Child protection social workers and social work managers experience of mandatory registration.
Supervisors: Prof Nicole Moulding, Dr Fiona Buchanan

Bianca Kahl
Not so different after all: An exploration of relationship processes in the LGBTQ community
Supervisors:  A/Prof Phil Kavanagh, Prof David Gleaves

Karolina Kleczaj
The constructions of body image in Australian celebrity magazines
Supervisors: Prof Nicole Moulding, Dr Fiona Buchanan

Trang Le
Social work services for sexual and gender minorities in urban Vietnam
Supervisors:  Dr Nilan Yu; Dr Fiona Buchanan, Dr Stephanie Webb

Vanessa Leane
How can older people flourish in constrained and limited circumstances?
Supervisors:  A/Prof Caroline Ellison, Prof Kurt Lushington 

Robert Leonard
Is cognitive behaviour therapy effective in the real world, private proactive treatment of panic disorders and agoraphobics
Supervisors:  Prof Bernard Guerin, Dr Phil Mohr

Stewart McDougall
Examining the utility of a brief screening tool for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Supervisors:  Prof Fiona Arney, Dr Andrea Fielder

Olivia Octoman
Cumulative harm: the outcomes, risk and protective factors associated with chronic maltreatment
Supervisors:  Prof Leah Bromfield, Prof Fiona Arney, Dr Mary Salveron

Elisabetta Panzironi
Developing coaching methodologies within a complex adaptive systems framework to support individuals and group functioning in Aboriginal communities
Supervisor: Prof Bernard Guerin

Amy Parkes
Indigenous Australian women who are sole parents:  exploring social support
Supervisors:  Dr Carole Zufferey, Prof Nicole Moulding, Dr Eva McRae-Williams 

Victoria Parsons
Child sexual abuse enabling knowledge, attitudes and planned behaviours.

Supervisors: Prof Leah Bromfield Smith, Dr James Herbert

Peter Squires
An investigation of the factors affecting the integration of Middle Eastern refugee youth in Australia
Supervisors:  Prof Bernard Guerin, Dr Shepard Masocha

Kristen Stevens
The shifting state of Australian welfare: the cashless debit card in Australian communities.
Supervisors:  A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson, Prof Bernard Guerin

Kate Swaffer
Minding my own business: An auto ethnography of living with dementia.

Supervisors: A/Prof Caroline Ellison, Prof Bernard Guerin

Susan Tilley
A genealogical tracing of income management and the manifestation of ideological continuities of Settler-Colonialism and Neoliberalism - an examination of the impact on Aboriginal communities in twent..
Supervisors: A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson

Anthony Thain
Contextualizing thinking in research and theory. Tracing the contexts for intrusive, re-appearing thoughts over time.
Supervisors:  Prof Bernard Guerin, Prof Kurt Lushington

Charles Wickins
Exploring Welfare Dependency among Adolescents: the Role of the `Unreasonable to Live at Hom (ULH) Youth Allowance in Intergenerational Disadvantage
Supervisors: A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson

Kerre Willsher
Aboriginal Australian women’s diverse experiences of motherhood
Supervisors: Prof Nicole Moulding, Dr Kalpana Goel

Metta Young
Innovation, entrepreunership and the remote economy: the role of the private sector in facilitating Indigenous community led economic development
Supervisors: A/Prof Deirdre Tedmanson, Dr Freya Higgins Desbiolles



Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety


May Young Loh
Job design in workplaces: The role of specific job control
Supervisors:  Prof Maureen Dollard, Prof Christian Dormann, Dr Sarven McLinton

Emily Miller
Exploring educational experiences and outcomes for Australian students of refugee background: improving school policy and practice for effective educational pathways
Supervisors:  A/Prof Tahereh Ziaian, Dr Helena De Anstiss

Jean-Marie See
Breach of psychological contract in nurses in South Australia: consequences for retention
Supervisors: Prof Maureen Dollard, Prof Tony Winefield, Dr Silvia Pignata, Dr Sarven McLinton

Terry Taylor
Shame: a core factor in the symptoms of PTSD and the development of comorbidities
Supervisors: Prof Tony Winefield, Prof Nicole Moulding



Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre


Monique Boord 
Functional connectivity predictors of delirium in older cardiac surgery patients
Supervisors:  A/Prof Hannah Keage, Dr Daniel Davis

Dilushi Chandrakumar 
Neglect of the left-side world: the brains response to fatigue
Supervisors:  Dr Tobias Loetscher, A/Prof Hannah Keage, Prof Siobhan Banks, A/Prof Jill Dorrian

Daniel Coro
The effects of a lutein-rich diet on sleep and cognitive function in cancer survivors.
Supervisors: Dr Amanda Hutchinson, Prof Siobhan Banks, A/Prof Alison Coates

Danielle Greaves
Cognitive training to prevent cognitive impairment after cardiovascular surgeries in older adults
Supervisors:  A/Prof Hannah Keage, Dr Ashleigh Smith, Dr Daniel Davis

Linda Grosser
Acute Stress, cortisol awakening response and cognitive performance in shift workers 
Supervisors:  A/Prof Siobhan Banks, A/Prof Jill Dorrian

Charlotte Gupta
Impact of night time meals on cognitive performance.
Supervisors: Prof Siobhan Banks, A/Prof Jill Dorrian, A/Prof Alison Coates

Daria Gutteridge
The association between carebrovascular regulation and cognitive decline in late-life
Supervisors: A/Prof Hannah Keage, Dr Ashleigh Smith, Dr Tobias Loetscher

Anne MacNamara
Exploring eye movements as a predictor of mild cognitive impairments
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, A/Prof Hannah Keage

Dimitrios Saredakis
Cognitive training and transfer to real world outcomes in older adults.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, A/Prof Hannah Keage

Jackie Stepien-Hulleman 
Shiftwork, circadian rhythms, sleep, and diet: methods for measuring and shifting body timing systems
Supervisors: Prof Siobhan Banks, A/Prof Jill Dorrian, A/Prof Alison Coates



Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience


Zachariah Cross
The role of sleep in language learning: An electrophysiological and neuroanatomical investigation.
Supervisors:  Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky; Dr Mark Kohler, Pros Mary Carskadon

Matthew Hendrickx
The role of sleep in facilitating the generalization of information across sensory modalities
Supervisors: Dr Mark Kohler, Prof Matthias Schlesewsky, Dr Alex Chatburn

Louise Kyriaki
Using brain stimulation to investigate the functions of the dorsal and ventral language pathways in the brain.
Supervisors: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky; Dr Gabrielle Todd

Daniel Rogers
Establishing trust in autonomous systems: a neurocognitive investigation into the role of human factors
Supervisors: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Prof Reginald Finn

Kate Riggall
How does the 'aplha rhythm' of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) change during development, and how is this related to environmental factors and cognitive performance?
Supervisors: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Mark Kohler

Amanda Santamaria
A neural basis for the benefit of sleep for emotional memory across the lifespan
Supervisors: Dr Mark Kohler, Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Scott Coussen

Isabella Sharrad
Do adults aged 40 to 60 years show advantages in real-time language comprehension?
Supervisors: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Valeria Bellan

Lena Zou
Investigating the neural mechanisms and individual predictors underlying the effects of mental training on perceptual-motor learning and performance.
Supervisors: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Dr Maarten Immink, Prof Bruce Thomas, Prof Mark Billinghurst



Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group


Brianna Le Busque
Travelling towards shark conservation: a conservation psychology investigation of Australian Whale Shark and White Shark tourism experiences
Supervisors:  Dr Carla Litchfield, A/Prof Jillian Dorrian, Dr Philip Roetman

Sarah Mellish
The application of conservation psychology to assess and enhance aquarium visitor's informal learning experiences
Supervisors: A/Prof Michelle Tuckey, A/Prof Elissa Pearson, Dr Jillian Ryan


National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing Research Group


Gipsy Hosking

But you dont look sick. Making visible the lives of Australian young adults living with invisible and contested chronic illness.
Supervisors: A/Prof Lia Bryant; Prof Nicole Moulding

Nevena Simic
Are the needs of newly arrived CALD communities understood and reflected in mental health service design, delivery and evaluation in South Australia?
Supervisors: A/Prof Lia Bryant, Dr Shepard Masocha, Dr Bridget Garnham

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