2014 news, Psychology, Macquarie University

2014 news, Psychology, Macquarie University


ARC funding

Congratulations to Professor Dick Stevenson

Congratulations to Prof Dick Stevenson for being awarded one of the Discovery Projects Awards from the ARC as well as being named Chief Investigator on a project awarded through another Institution.


Congratulations to Dr Viviana Wuthrich

Dr Viviana Wuthrich has been awarded the 2014 APS Early Career Research Award which recognises excellence in scientific achievement in psychology amongst psychologists who are in the early stages of their research careers in Australia. The Early Career Research Award is intended for Candidates whose achievements are outstanding and place them significantly ahead of their peers.


Congratulations to Assoicate Professor Kerry Sherman

A/Prof Kerry Sherman has been awarded Distinguished International Affiliate from Division 38 - Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Psychologists who live outside the United States and Canada are nominated to become international affiliates. A wonderful achievement!

2014 Research Excellence Awards

Celebrating Research Excellence

Open to all research staff and higher degree research students, the 2014 Research Excellence Awards were held on 2 October.
"The nominees for this year's awards cover such a wide range of research areas that I'm certain those who attended the gala event would have learnt not only something they didn't know about a subject, but about subjects they didn't even know existed. I was inspired and exhilarated by the winning entries," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius.

Dr Blake Dear

Congratulations to Dr Blake Dear

2014 Winner Early Career Researcher of the Year Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

Blake is an NHMRC Early Career research fellow whose work focuses on Developing an online Chronic Pain Management Program.
One in 5 Australians will experience chronic pain in their life and approximately 1 in 10 Australians will experience a level of pain that leads to significant levels of anxiety, depression and disability. Unfortunately, research indicates Australians with chronic pain are missing out on specialist assessment and treatment, which often includes chronic pain self-management programs, due to long waiting lists and the limited availability of services. Because of this we have developed and are now extensively evaluating an internet-delivered pain management program, the Pain Course, which provides helpful information and teaches practical, evidence-based, skills for managing pain, anxiety and depression.

Dr Carly Johnco

Congratulations to Dr Carly Johnco

2014 Highly Commended in the category: Excellence in Higher Degree Research Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

Carly has recently graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology. Her research focuses on Learning cognitive restructuring in later life.
The Role Of Cognitive Flexibility On Cognitive Restructuring Skill Acquisition In Older Adults with Anxiety And Depression: Cognitive-behaviour therapy is effective for treating late-life anxiety and depression, although some suggest a need to adapt or eliminate one treatment component, cognitive restructuring, due to declines in some cognitive abilities in older age. This research examined the role of cognitive flexibility on cognitive restructuring skill acquisition and treatment outcome in older adults with anxiety and depression. Findings suggest that older adults with poorer cognitive flexibility skills could still learn cognitive restructuring, however found it less beneficial to alleviate emotional distress, although they did still benefit overall from cognitive-behavioural therapy to address their anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Dr Vince Polito

Dr Vince Polito represents the Dept of Psychology in the the National Final of the Famelab Competition

FameLab is arguably the world's leading science communication competition and the ABC'S The Science Show has broadcast Vince's performance on how and why changes in our sense of agency occur.

Professor Nickola Titov

Congratulations to Professor Nickolai Titov

2013 Research Excellence Award Winner:
Excellence in External Research Partnership and Commercialisation of Research IP

The eCentreClinic is a world class clinical research unit operating within the Centre for Emotional Health, Department of Psychology. The eCentreClinic develops and evaluates innovative psychological treatments for people with common mental disorders and chronic health conditions.

Dr Viviana Wuthrich

Congratulations to Dr Viviana Wuthrich

2013 Research Excellence Award Winner:
Early Career Researcher of the Year Social Sciences, Business & Humanities
Viviana is a clinical psychologist and NH&MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Emotional Health, Department of Psychology. Her work focuses on understanding and treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents, and older adults.

Dr Heather Francis

Congratulations to Dr Heather Francis

2013 Research Excellence Award Winner:
Excellence in Higher Degree Research Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

The typical Western diet, high in saturated fat and refined sugar (HFS) has been shown to adversely affect cognition, particularly cognitive functions associated with the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Dr Heather Francis research examined mechanisms underlying such cognitive changes using proteomic analysis methods.

2013 Research Excellence Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 Research Excellence Award Recipients

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Social Sciences, Business & Humanities:

  • Highly Commended: Dr Loren Mowszowsk & Ms Genevieve Quek

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

  • Highly commended: Prof Jennifer Hudson
APS Awards

Congratulations Sadhbh Joyce

APS award for Excellent Masters thesis in Health Psychology for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding outstanding research in health psychology at Masters level Winner: Sadhbh Joyce Thesis 'The relationship between cognitive fatigue, cognitive functioning, depression and accuracy of appraisals regarding cognition in people with Multiple Sclerosis' Supervisor: Dr Kerry Sherman

Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee!

Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee on receiving the Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision. It was a very competitive field and we thank the other candidates for their applications and commitment to their work with our Higher Degree Research students.

Julia Irwin

An Interview with Dr Julia Irwin

Dr Julia Irwin of the Department of Psychology was interviewed by 702 ABC Sydney last 12 June discussing about NSW Government's plan to put flashing lights in school zones.

Jennie Hudson

Congratulations to our new Professors!

Two colleagues have been recognised for their significant contributions to their discipline and the wider academic community through promotion to Professor.
Professor Julie Fitness in the Department of Psychology and Professor Jennie Hudson, Centre for Emotional Health and the Department of Psychology.

Vincent Fogliati

Congratulations Vincent Fogliati!

Macquarie University Psychology student Vincent Fogliati was awarded the APS Clinical College Student Prize (CCLIN) for Macquarie University. The CCLIN Student Prize acknowledges postgraduate clinical psychology students in Master and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) programs, and combined Clinical Masters/PhD programs who demonstrate high levels of clinical skill, combined with the ability to design and conduct clinically relevant research. Congratulations Vincent!

ARC Research Success

Congratulations to the following researchers in Psychology and their team/s for the latest ARC research grant success Professor Bill Thompson, Associate Professor Mark Wiggins, Professor Julie Fitness, A/Prof Greg Savage, Dr Doris McIlwain and Dr Kim Curby download the project description [PDF 261kb]

NHMRC Early Career Fellowships Research Funding Success

Congratulations to Dr Lisa Iverach who was awarded an Australian Research Fellowship to examine The Mental Health of School-Age Children Who Stutter ($149,782). Thanks to Professor Ron Rapee, Professor Bill Thompson, and Dr Elisabeth Harrison for helping make this a success.

Congratulations also to Dr Blake Dear who was awarded an Australian Public Health Fellowship for Understanding what works: Examining innovative internet- delivered self-help treatments for chronic pain ($299,564). Congratulations and thanks to Associate Professor Nick Titov as senior sponsor.

Nicola Titov

Congratulations to A/Professor Nick Titov and his team!

A/Professor Nick Titov and his team awarded $16.4 million contract for the online 'virtual clinic'

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