The following is a list of the research interests of the academic staff in the School of Psychology. The list is divided into four broad research categories:


Applied cognitive psychology

    Dr Michelle Arnold (PhD, MSc, BA): Metacognitive judgment and decision making, underlying mechanisms of memory, subjective experience (e.g., confidence, familiarity), reconstructive nature of memory.

    Prof Neil Brewer (BA, PhD Adel): Experimental psychology and law, especially predictors of accuracy of eyewitness testimony and identification, and variables affecting jurors' processing and decision-making.

    Mr Geoffrey J. Fraser (BSc, BA, MA Tas): Cognitive neuroscience; event related potentials and cognition; psychophysiology.

    Assoc Prof Eva Kemps (CandPsych&EdSci, LicPsych, PhD):
    Cognitive ageing; dieting; eating disorders; executive function; imagery; working memory; food craving.

    Prof Mary A. Luszcz (BA Dayton; MA Peabody; PhD Alabama):
    Remembering and metamemory in late adulthood; everyday problem solving; longitudinal changes in cognitive and affective ageing; practical aspects of memory: prospective and everyday memory in later life; coping with cognitive impairment; perceived control, morale, and everyday living of elderly.

    Prof Mike Nicholls (BArchSt, BA (Hons), PhD Cantab): Cognitive neuroscience especially brain asymmetry, handedness, spatial attention in health and disease and facial expression and perception.

    Prof Marika Tiggemann (BA, PhD Adel): Body image and appearance schemas; media effects; food cravings; women's health.

    Dr Michael Tlauka (BSc, PhD):Spatial cognition; virtual reality; human factors; human information processing/human performance.

    Dr Nathan Weber (BSc (Hons), PhD Flinders):

    Dr Paul Williamson (BSc (Hons), Dip. App. Stat., PhD Flinders):
    Conceptions of uncertainty and emotions, especially the uncertainty-certainty dimension of cognitive appraisals of emotions as well as the risk-as-feelings hypothesis.

Social psychology

    Dr Mariëtte Berndsen (PhD University of Amsterdam): The influence of other people on experiences of emotions and emotions which are based on behaviours of one's ingroup.

    Prof Norm T. Feather (BA, DipEd Syd; MA UNE; PhD Mich):
    Motivation and achievement, social attitude and values; national identification and cultural cringe; tall poppy attitudes, justice and deservingness; authoritarianism; psychological impact of unemployment.

    Dr Michael Wenzel (PhD University of Münster, Germany):
    Justice and fairness; retributive and restorative justice; social identity and self-categorisation; intergroup relations, prejudice and social discrimination; compliance and regulation.

    Dr Paul Williamson (BSc (Hons), Dip App Stat, PhD Flinders):
    Conceptions of uncertainty and emotions, especially the uncertainty-certainty dimension of cognitive appraisals of emotions as well as the risk-as-feelings hypothesis.

    Dr Lydia Woodyatt (BMin, GradDipPsych, BA(Hons), PhD Flinders): Self-forgiveness, interpersonal transgressions, need for belonging and the processing of shame and guilt, defensive motivations, and prosocial behaviour.

Clinical/health psychology

    Dr Michael Gradisar (BScHons, MPsycClin, PhD): The prevalence, consequences, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent sleep disorders.

    Assoc Prof Eva Kemps (CandPsych&EdSci, LicPsych, PhD): Cognitive ageing; dieting; eating disorders; executive function; imagery; working memory.

    Prof Leon C. Lack (BA Stan; PhD Adel):
    Sleep, treatments of insomnia, bright light therapy, circadium rhythms and sleep/wake propensity, sleep/wake perception, effects of napping on alertness and cognitive performance, development of the infant circadium rhythm, the biological and psychological bases of insomnia in the elderly.

    Dr Robert M. Lynd-Stevenson (BA UWA; PhD ANU): The role of social factors in the aetiology and treatment of psychopathology. In particular, the use of modelling methods (i.e., nonexperimental methods) to evaluate various theories about the role of cognitions in the aetiology and treatment of anxiety and depression.

    Dr Julie Mattiske (BA Hons, PhD Flinders): Abnormal psychology; women's health.

    Assoc Prof Reg Nixon (BA Hons, MPsychol, PhD Sydney):
    Acute stress disorder (ASD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychopathology. Specific interest in how ASD and PTSD develop following trauma exposure, and the treatment of these disorders. Separate interest in conduct disorders in young children.

    Prof Marika Tiggemann (BA, PhD Adel): Body image and appearance schemas; media effects; food cravings; women's health.

    Prof Tracey Wade (BSc Hons, MClinPsych ANU, PhD Flinders):
    Eating disorders, applications of cognitive behaviour therapy, cardiac health, and breast cancer.

    Assoc Prof Robyn Young (BA Hons Adel, GradDipPsychPrac USA, PhD Adel): Developmental disorders; savant-syndrome; intelligence.

Developmental psychology

    Dr Michael Gradisar (BScHons, MPsycClin, PhD): The prevalence, consequences, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent sleep disorders.

    Assoc Prof Eva Kemps (CandPsych&EdSci, LicPsych, PhD): Cognitive ageing; dieting; eating disorders; executive function; imagery; working memory.

    Prof Mary A. Luszcz (BA Dayton; MA Peabody; PhD Alabama):
    Remembering and metamemory in late adulthood; everyday problem solving; longitudinal changes in cognitive and affective ageing; practical aspects of memory: prospective and everyday memory in later life; coping with cognitive impairment; perceived control, morale, and everyday living of elderly.

    Dr Julie Robinson (BA Ncle; MA UNC-CH; PhD Ncle):
    Interactions between children from different ethnic backgrounds; spatial representation skills during infancy and early childhood; influence of culture on beliefs about children and on children's development; children's eyewitness memory.

    Assoc Prof Robyn Young (BA Hons Adel, GradDipPsychPrac USA, PhD Adel): Developmental disorders; savant-syndrome; intelligence.

    Dr Tim Windsor (Ph.D., U.N.E.):  Lifespan developmental psychology, social networks and ageing well, self-regulation of emotions and behaviour in adulthood ageing.

Psychophysiology/neuroscience

    Mr Geoffrey J. Fraser (BSc, BA, MA Tas): Cognitive neuroscience; event related potentials and cognition; psychophysiology.

    Dr Michael Gradisar (BScHons, MPsycClin, PhD): The prevalence, consequences, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent sleep disorders.

    Prof Leon C. Lack (BA Stan, PhD Adel): Sleep, treatments of insomnia, bright light therapy, circadium rhythms and sleep/wake propensity, sleep/wake perception, effects of napping on alertness and cognitive performance.

    Prof Mike Nicholls (BArchSt, BA (Hons), PhD Cantab): Cognitive neuroscience especially brain asymmetry, handedness, spatial attention in health and disease and facial expression and perception.