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Department of Psychology ranked in World's top 75!

Staff_Bridge_v4March, 2021. The Department of Psychology at Macquarie University is at the forefront of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. It's inclusion in the top 75 psychology departments worldwide is based on the QS World University Rankings.

The ranking system uses a range of objective measures of excellence including academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact.

This is an outstanding result for the department and well-deserved recognition of the exceptional quality of their research. Congratulations to the team on a wonderful result once again!

Drs Jasmine Fardouly and Miri Forbes are recognised on The Australian's Early Achievers Leaderboard

Dr Jasmine FardoulySeptember, 2020. Dr Jasmine Fardouly and Dr Miri Forbes from the Department of Psychology have been recognised as rising starts in the Humanities, Arts and Literature category of The Australian's Early Achievers Leaderboard.

The Early Achievers Leaderboard highlights Australian leaders of the future by listing the five top researchers from Australian universities and research institutions in each of the eight major discipline areas. Researchers are less than 10 years into their career.

Dr Miri ForbesDr Jasmine Fardouly's research examines social influences on young people’s mental health, particularly the influence of social media use on body image.

Dr Miri Forbes's research works on improving the way we diagnose and classify psychopathology, based on patterns in the ways people experience symptoms of mental illness

Congratulations Jasmine and Miri on being nationally recognised for your outstanding achievements. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

Helping prevent anxiety and depression in young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jennie HudsonSeptember, 2020. The Educator's Higher Education 2020 Hot List has recognised Professor Jennie Hudson from the Department of Psychology and Centre for Emotional Health for her outstanding contribution to the community with the COVID19: We've Got This Covered! website. Congratulations Jennie!

The COVID19: We've Got This Covered! website is a collaboration between Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health and School of Education, based on feedback from over 350 young people, parents and teachers.

Department of Psychology again ranked in World's top 100

Department Staff PhotoJune, 2020. The Department of Psychology at Macquarie University is at the forefront of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. It is ranked once again in the top 100 worldwide and 5th highest in Australia, according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The ranking system uses six objective measures of research excellence including metrics based upon publication numbers, normalised citations, journal quality and international collaboration.

This is an outstanding result for the department and well-deserved recognition of the exceptional quality of their research. Congratulations to the team on a wonderful result once again!

Department of Psychology receives three 2019 Academic Staff Awards

Staff Awards 2019November, 2019. Congratulations to Department of Psychology winners at the 2019 Macquarie University Academic Staff Awards! More details about the awards ceremony can be found here and photos of our staff are available on the @PsyMQ Facebook page.

  • Lauren Ehrenfeld won the Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Sessional Staff Award.
  • Nicholas Everett won the Excellence in Higher Degree Research Award (Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences).
  • Prof. Jennie Hudson won the Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervisor of the Year Award.

Psychology academics receive APS early-career researcher awards

Carly JohncoMilena GandyNovember, 2019. Congratulations to Dr Carly Johnco and Dr Milena Gandy from the Department of Psychology for both receiving a prestigious 2019 Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Researcher Award!

The APS Early Career Research Award recognises excellence in scientific achievement in psychology among psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers in Australia. The award is intended for candidates whose achievements are outstanding and place them significantly ahead of their peers.

In 2019 three Early Career Research Awards were conferred Australia-wide and Macquarie University's Department of Psychology received two! Well done Carly and Milena!

Understanding mental health in the context of chronic physical health

Blake DearAugust, 2019. Associate Professor Blake Dear has received a prestigious five-year NHMRC Investigator Grant worth $950,000. Chronic physical health condition can impact almost all areas of life, and poor mental health is a common consequence. Numerous barriers mean that most people are unable to access effective psychological care, and little is known about the factors most critical for maintaining good mental health. This research program aims to address these critical knowledge and service gaps, and significantly improve our ability to support the mental health of Australians with chronic health conditions. Congratulations Blake!

Department of Psychology Ranked in World's top 100

Department Staff PhotoJune, 2019. Macquarie University's Department of Psychology is ranked in the top 100 worldwide and 5th highest in Australia, according to the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The ranking system uses six objective measures of research excellence including metrics based upon publication numbers, normalised citations, journal quality and international collaboration.

This is an outstanding result for the department and well-deserved recognition of the exceptional quality of their research. Congratulations!

Events


Too Much Stuff? Discover the Science of Letting Go

Exciting news! Deputy Director of the Centre for Emotional Health, Associate Professor Melissa Norberg, is going to be part of #vividsydney this year! Associate Professor Norberg will present a talk entitled: 'Too much stuff? Discover the science of letting go.'

A/Prof Norberg - Vivid 2021

PsychMAD Is Back on Campus: Evaluating Research on its Own Merits

Prof Simine VazireProf Simine Vazire from the University of Melbourne (School of Psychological Sciences in the Ethics and Wellbeing Hub) will present the next on-campus PsychMAD talk on April 8.

How can we tell which scientific findings are credible? Peer-reviewed journals, even prestigious ones, do not provide much assurance regarding the credibility of any individual report. The ideal would be to validate a rubric for eliciting structured quantitative ratings of quality along a wide range of dimensions, and collect and make publicly available ratings from many different and diverse experts. These scores could be combined into a variety of metrics, or "Quality Factors" (QFs), that vary in the weight placed on different qualities.

These QFs would provide easily digestible and flexible quality ratings of individual scientific papers that could be useful to other scientists, to journalists and policymakers, and to the public. QFs would also help incentivize authors to "get it right" rather than just get published in prestigious journals, because rewards and recognition could be tied to these more transparent, accountable, and valid metrics rather than to journal prestige.

When & Where: 11am-12pm, Thursday April 8, 2021, at the Macquarie Theatre, 21 Wally's Walk. Please contact Dr Monique Crane for more details.

Virtual PsychMAD Event: The Impact of Harm-Doing for Perpetrators

Prof Winnifred LouisProffesor Winnifred R. Louis (University of Queensland) will present the next virtual PsychMAD presentation on July 16. This talk will describe a program of research examining the impact of harm-doing for perpetrators, focusing both on individual outcomes such as well-being and identification, and on behavioural trajectories of escalation and de-escalation.

Winnifred R. Louis (PhD McGill, 2001) is a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision-making. She has studied this broad topic in contexts from politics and community activism to health and environmental choices. Some resources and additional details are available online at www.socialchangelab.net.

When & Where: 1-2pm, Thursday July 16, 2020. This will be a virtual presentation and can be accessed using this zoom link: https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/92262664404.

4th Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET)

CEPET Conference 2019Expertise is essential to the performance of many activities. But what are the best practices for developing and maintaining expertise? How can a scientific understanding of human cognitive and perceptual functioning inform these practices? What modern training methods and technologies, including artificial intelligence technologies, can help advance expertise training in the future? How do communities of practice, in specific cultural settings, sustain performance over time?

Macquarie University’s 4th Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training explores these questions across a wide range of behavioural contexts. More details on the CEPET website.

When & Where: November 7-8, 2019, MGSM Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 1 Management Drive, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.

1st Conference of the FHS Research Centre for Ageing, Cognition, and Wellbeing

FHS Ageing Conference 2019The new Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre for Ageing, Cognition, and Wellbeing at Macquarie University is a collaborative group of multidisciplinary researchers with interest in the normal and abnormal aspects of ageing.

The Centre held its first annual conference on Nov 5 at Macquarie University. More details can be found on the Centre website.

When & Where: Nov 5, Conference Room D, Level 3, MUSE Building, 18WW, Macquarie University

Sex in the brain: In conversation with Dr Amee Baird

Amee BairdClinical neuropsychologist Dr Amee Baird joins Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to discuss her new book, Sex in the Brain. In this much-anticipated release, Dr Baird takes readers on an entertaining and informative tour of the sexiest bits of the human brain. Spiced with real case studies, the book reveals pathologies no longer hidden in medical journals or the bedrooms of people whose sex lives are undergoing dramatic change, for better and worse.

When & Where: Thursday, September 12, 2019. 6pm, Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW.

More details and bookings here.

The science of hoarding

Melissa NorbergWhat is hoarding disorder, why does it develop and how can it be treated? Join Associate Professor Melissa Norberg, Deputy Director for the Centre of Emotional Health at Macquarie University, at the State Library on August 8 to learn why we can be motivated to acquire possessions we do not need.

When & Where: Thursday, August 8 2019. 11:00am-12:00pm, Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

More details including free booking.

PsychMAD: Making behaviour change research useful

Charles AbrahamProfessor Charles Abraham from the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences joined us in May to talk about how scientists can optimise behaviour change research so as to maximise practice relevance and health impact.

When & Where: Thursday May 23, 3-4pm, Hearing Hub Building, Level 3, Room 3.610, Macquarie University.

More details including a biography and abstract of the talk.

3rd Annual Workshop of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET)

CEPET WorkshopThe Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET) held its third annual research workshop on April 29, 2019. This year's workshop focused on the theme of ‘Attention and Distraction in Expertise’. The workshop was a huge success with nine fascinating and engaging talks and over 60 participants throughout the course of the day.

Visit the workshop website for more details.

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