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News and events



Research Workshops and Events

Sex, drugs, and teenage angst

Speaker: Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee, Centre for Emotional Health, Department of Psychology

Date & Time: Wednesday 27th September 2017, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Senate Room, C8A 310, Lincoln Building, Macquarie University.

This talk will provide an overview of the RAW project, both the conceptual background and some early data.

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of emotional distress and resilience. It is a time when several major mental disorders increase. And a time of general emotional turbulence and 'angst' that often does not reach clinical levels. Professor Rapee will look at some of the social and personal changes that characterise the teen years - such as pubertal development, peer influence, romantic experimentation, deindividuation from family, changes in sleep patterns and diet, and increased exposure to social media. He will then consider how these teenage events might relate to risk or protection from emotional distress, as well as describe the early stages of a longitudinal study into the development of emotional distress and well-being in teenagers.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Faculty Public Lecture Series 2017

The ABCs of OCD: Understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children

Professor Eric Storch, University of South Florida (USA)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

This eagerly anticipated event should be required listening for parents and teachers of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder emotional problems, and an equally intriguing lecture for academics, health professionals and students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the symptoms of OCD, the familial and individual factors that maintain symptoms and the available evidence-based treatments. Professor Storch will also reveal cutting-edge developments in the field of OCD and will show us how families and health professionals can implement a treatment plan to help young people overcome OCD.

For more information and to register - click here.

Professor Storch will also be hosting a workshop on the topic “Treatment of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” on Friday 29 September (8.30am - 4.00pm) - for more information about the workshop and to register click here.

Bright and Early: Maximising potential through high-quality early childhood education

Professor Diane Horm, University of Oklahoma (USA)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Addressing educational disadvantage is a big challenge not only in Australia but also around the world. Visiting from the University of Oklahoma (Tulsa campus), Professor Diane Horm will discuss how high-quality early childhood education can narrow the gap of educational achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will also focus on the innovative Educare program, an early education intervention program currently spreading across the United States that is funded and delivered through a philanthropic and community partnership model.

For more information and to register - click here.

This event will also include a post-lecture discussion panel, involving:

  • Ms Gabrielle Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority
  • Ms Christine Legg, Chief Executive Officer, KU Children's Services
  • Mrs Maria Bennett, Manager, Children's Services, Macquarie University

Changing our Minds: How modern environments are impacting our brain activity

October 2017

More information coming soon.

Registration for this event will open shortly.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

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