Associate Professor Melanie Takarangi

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Research expertise

My research focuses on the cognitive processes—particularly how people remember personal experiences—that influence psychological health and well-being. I have a particular interest in populations who are vulnerable based on their exposure to stress and/or trauma, and in developing pathways for people that improve well-being and adaptive functioning in everyday life.

Research expertise

My research focuses on the cognitive processes—particularly how people remember personal experiences—that influence psychological health and well-being. I have a particular interest in populations who are vulnerable based on their exposure to stress and/or trauma, and in developing pathways for people that improve well-being and adaptive functioning in everyday life.

place Social Sciences North (387)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Qualifications
B.A., B.Sc (Hons)., Ph.D. (VUW, New Zealand)
Honours, awards and grants

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision, 2019

B. Wadham, M. Takarangi, A. Harvey and L. Andrewartha (La Trobe University), B. West (UniSA), L. Burd (University of Newcastle), M. Wyatt-Smith (Australian Student Veterans Association: “Australian universities and educational equity for student veterans” National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grant ($36,230), 2019-2020.

B. Wadham, M. Takarangi and A. Paterson: “Higher education pathways for younger veterans” Department of Veterans' Affairs' (DVA) Supporting Younger Veterans Grant ($157,000), 2019-2020.

C. Semmler (University of Adelaide), S. Banks (University of South Australia), S. Darvish (ElectroAutoMedics), M. Takarangi, R. Nixon (Flinders University), B. Pincombe, N. Gordon, D. Booth, R. Heyer, D. Yau, P. Aquilina, S. Yiu (Defence Science and Technology Group). “Human-Machine interfaces for detecting, monitoring and managing psychological stress” Defence Innovation Partnership Collaborative Research Fund ($150,000), 2019-2020.

R. Zajac, M. Garry, R. Nash and M. Takarangi: “The secret life of traumatic memories” Marsden Fund (NZ) Grant ($695,000), 2018-2020.

M. Takarangi, D. Strange and R. Nixon:“How we remember and misremember traumatic experiences.” Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP14102661 ($284,000), 2014-2016.

Key responsibilities

Higher Degree by Research Coordinator (elsewhere known as Associate Dean), College of Education, Psychology & Social Work

Research expertise
Psychology
Research interests

My research draws on experimental paradigms and theory from clinical psychology and cognitive science in order to understand real-life situations in which memory distortion can be maladaptive. I am particularly interested in autobiographical memory for negative and traumatic experiences, and intrusive and involuntary memories. I am also interested in attitudes towards wrongful conviction, expectancy effects, the relationship between alcohol, crime and memory, and other legal implications of memory distortion.

Topic coordinator
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal & Clinical
Topic lecturer
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal & Clinical
PSYC3008 Applied Cognitive Psychology
PSYC1107 Psychology of Weird and Wonderful Ideas
PSYC7006 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
PSYC7007 Applications of Psychology
Supervisory interests
Autobiographical memory
Cognition
Criminal justice
Implicit cognitive processing
Memory
Memory distortion, legal implications of
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic memory
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: warnings & expectancies (1), metacognition & psychopathology (1), shared emotional experiences (1), prospective memory & psychopathology (1), emotional memory (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: traumatic memory distortion (2), emotional memory (1)
Associate supervisor: eyewitness memory (1)
Publications

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