School of Psychology 2016 Newsletters

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Sleep research offers help for babies - and parents

Flinders University sleep expert, psycholgist Associate Professor Michael Gradisar, says that research shows that controlled crying or 'graduated extinction' and another sleep education method called 'bedtime fading', can actually iimprove babies' and parents sleeping patterns. 

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Higher degree research wins accolades

Research into eating, eye, sleep and autoimmune disorders were among the nine outstanding papers awarded the Flinders University Best Research Higher Degree Student publications for 2015. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/page/8/#sthash.OvYFgQQE.dpuf

Research into eating, eye, sleep and autoimmune disorders were among the nine outstanding papers awarded the Flinders University Best Research Higher Degree Student publications for 2015.

The winning papers and supervisors from the School of Psychology were:

Eva Vall – “Predictors of Treatment Outcome in Individuals with Eating Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48(7), 946-71. doi: 10.1002/eat.22411. (Vall, E and Wade, TD). Supervisor Professor Tracey Wade.

Gorica Micic – “The etiology of delayed sleep phase disorder,” Sleep Medicine Reviews (2016) 27, 29-38. (G Micic, N Lovato, M Gradisar, SA Ferguson, HJ Burgess, LC Lack) Supervisor Professor Leon Lack.

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Children need a voice, say academics

From cyberbullying to safety at home, new research from Flinders University strongly supports the findings of an extensive survey of more than 1,600 children in South Australia which calls for a formal and more “powerful” advocate for their rights.

Professor Slee and Flinders University Adjunct Professor Rosalyn Shute have taken the unusual step of including the voices of young people from around the world in their new book, Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives (Hove: Routledge).

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 Alarm clock on teen sleep

The longitudinal study, funded by the Australian Research Council, involves Flinders researchers Dr Short, Chelsea Reynolds, Professor Leon Lack and Associate Professor Michael Gradisar from Flinders’ School of Psychology, UniSA researchers, and American Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour Mary Carskadon from Brown University in the US. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/page/3/#sthash.GopUaK8V.dpuf
The longitudinal study, funded by the Australian Research Council, involves Flinders researchers Dr Short, Chelsea Reynolds, Professor Leon Lack and Associate Professor Michael Gradisar from Flinders’ School of Psychology, UniSA researchers, and American Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour Mary Carskadon from Brown University in the US. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/page/3/#sthash.GopUaK8V.dpuf
The longitudinal study, funded by the Australian Research Council, involves Flinders researchers Dr Short, Chelsea Reynolds, Professor Leon Lack and Associate Professor Michael Gradisar from Flinders’ School of Psychology, UniSA researchers, and American Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour Mary Carskadon from Brown University in the US. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/page/3/#sthash.GopUaK8V.dpuf

The longitudinal study, funded by the Australian Research Council, involves Flinders researchers Dr Short, Chelsea Reynolds, Professor Leon Lack and Associate Professor Michael Gradisar from Flinders’ School of Psychology, UniSA researchers, and American Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour Mary Carskadon from Brown University in the US.

The researchers are expanding their investigations into the biological and psych-social reasons behind teen sleep patterns in a new three-year study.

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Order of Australia honours for Flinders academics and alumni

Among staff members awarded the Order of Australia honours were Norman Feather, foundation professor of the School of Psychology 1970-2016, who was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to higher education as an academic, author and editor, to the social and behavioural sciences, and to professional bodies”.

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Caring psychology student sparkles at national awards

A determination to break down the stigma of autism has seen Flinders University’s Ella Keegan honoured with a national student award thanks to her exceptional academic performance and contribution to areas including student mentoring and social welfare.

Ms Keegan, who is studying third-year psychology this year, took the top award in the Pearson Student of the Year Awards in the Social Sciences and Psychology category. This award  aims to recognise students who have demonstrated outstanding effort, dedication and academic achievement in their chosen field of study. 

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Flinders tech banishes blues on Canada's gloomiest day

Flinders University developed technology has helped Canadians fight back against the winter blues at a special 'light therapy' cafe featuring Re-Timer glasses in Toronto this week.

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PhD researcher Gemma Sharp is looking at the outcomes, and why, women have labiaplasties.

7 minutes of the knife- short video could decrease likelihood of labiaplasty surgery

PhD researcher Gemma Sharp found that a short educational video significantly changed how women saw themselves and even led to them offering advice to other women. Photo: Shutterstock - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/#sthash.9ubZyViW.dpuf
Watching one short video could influence whether some women choose to undergo labiaplasty surgery, according to Flinders University Psychology researchers who have published a study on how women’s perception of ‘genital normality’ can be altered through education. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/#sthash.FfvM7F28.dpuf
Watching one short video could influence whether some women choose to undergo labiaplasty surgery, according to Flinders University Psychology researchers who have published a study on how women’s perception of ‘genital normality’ can be altered through education. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/#sthash.FfvM7F28.dpuf
Watching one short video could influence whether some women choose to undergo labiaplasty surgery, according to Flinders University Psychology researchers who have published a study on how women’s perception of ‘genital normality’ can be altered through education. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/#sthash.FfvM7F28.dpuf
Watching one short video could influence whether some women choose to undergo labiaplasty surgery, according to Flinders University Psychology researchers who have published a study on how women’s perception of ‘genital normality’ can be altered through education. - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/#sthash.FfvM7F28.dpuf

Watching one short video could influence whether some women choose to undergo labiaplasty surgery, according Flinders University Psychology researchers, Gemma Sharp and Marika Tiggemann, who have published a study on how women's perception of "genital normality' can be altered through education.

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Clinical perfectionism: When striving for excellence gets you down

We all know a perfectionist – the person we live with, share an office with, or are friends with, who has agonisingly high standards and is disappointed when things fall short. It might even be you. It’s often harmless enough.

But for some people, this perfectionism is taken to an extreme level, and interferes with their ability to work, study or maintain relationships. This is known as clinical perfectionism.

Read more at: https://theconversation.com/clinical-perfectionism-when-striving-for-excellence-gets-you-down-43704

 

 

Flinders Professor joins international line-up

The international Association for Psychological Science has selected Flinders University School of Psychology Professor Neil Brewer as a fellow in recognition of his “sustained outstanding contributions” to the discipline.

The association’s US-based president said Professor Brewer would join a distinguished group of scientists who continue to contribute to advancing psychological science.

For more than 15 years, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Brewer’s research has focused on the accuracy of eyewitness line-up procedures in the criminal justice system.

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A novel psychological treatment to reduce the severity of delusional episodes experienced by people with psychosis is being trialled in a new Flinders University study - See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/page/3/#sthash.VhBeD6kM.dpuf

 

   
   
   
   

Teenagers who can’t get up in the morning are just plain lazy, right?

It’s a commonly held assumption, but not one shared by sleep researchers at Flinders University, who are actively challenging it as part of a world first clinical trial.

- See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2014/06/04/sleep-study-takes-fresh-look-at-lazy-teens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sleep-study-takes-fresh-look-at-lazy-teens#sthash.1cGy32tY.dpuf
Sleep study takes fresh look at ‘lazy’ teens