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20092022
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Personal profile

Biography

My research is broadly focused on the role of psychology in health, stress, and wellbeing. I teach undergraduate statistical methods and guest lecture in health psychology. I am particiularly interested in applying novel measurement methods (such as ecological momentary assessment via smartphone apps) to answer questions about how cognitive processes, emotions, and physical sensations are interrelated.

Research interests

My PhD work focused on emotion regulation, emotional intelligence and stress; investigating how personality traits (like emotional intelligence) are related to emotion regulation strategies (like cognitive reappraisal) in order to help individuals cope with life stress. Post-PhD, I have applied this work to the context of health conditions, particularly gastrointestinal conditions. I am particularly interested in the role of psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, and behaviours) in the development, maintenance, and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders. I have a particular interest in using novel methods, such as ecological momentary assessment, to answer these sorts of questions.

Key areas: cognitive appraisal; cognitive reappraisal; coping behaviours and styles; emotion regulation; stress and wellbeing; health psychology; functional somatic syndromes; gastrointestinal health conditions; chronic pain; psychological therapy for health conditions.

Research student supervision

I currently supervise honours, Masters and PhD students in psychology, in the areas of: psychological measurement and methods; chronic pain and functional gastrointestinal conditions; stress, wellbeing, resilience and emotion regulation; personality and positive psychology.

Current research supervision:

  • David McNaughton (PhD): Functional somatic syndromes.
  • Trisha Nowland (PhD): Latent variables, models, and theory.
  • Natalie Roberts (PhD): Assessing altered states of consciousness.
  • Amber Hinton (PhD, Education): Parents’ decision-making in choosing childcare.
  • Vimi Dogra (Master of Org Psych): Cognitive appraisal, mood and work wellbeing.

Teaching

Most of my teaching is focused on statistics and research methods. I also lecture in health psychology. Memes feature heavily in my lectures, particularly statistics memes and cartoons.

The main courses on which I teach are:

  • PSYC/PSYX105 Introduction to Psychology II (Statistics and Health Psychology)
  • PSY248 Design and Statistics II
  • PSY349 Design and Statistics III
  • PSY351 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY926 Psychology of Health

I am also currently involved in developing a new online Psychology degree offered from MQ via Open Universities Australia.

Community engagement

My main university administrative service is in learning and teaching: I currently serve on the Department and Faculty of Human Sciences’ Learning and Teaching committee. I am also a member of the newly-formed Department Web Engagement Committee and the Faculty of Human Sciences Equity and Inclusion sub-comittee. 

I serve as a reviewer for journals such as Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Personality Assessment, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 

I am a proud member of MQ's Ally Network and the MQ node of Academics for Refugees.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Macquarie University

Psychology, BA - Psychology (Honours), Macquarie University

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Outputs 2009 2019

Autonomous sensory meridian response: scale development and personality correlates

Roberts, N., Beath, A. & Boag, S., Mar 2019, In : Psychology of Consciousness: Theory Research, and Practice. 6, 1, p. 22-39 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Personality Development
Meridians
Consciousness
Self Report
Affective Symptoms

Objectivity, realism, and psychometrics

Nowland, T., Beath, A. & Boag, S., Oct 2019, In : Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation. 145, p. 292-299 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

psychometrics
research projects
Set theory
inference
set theory

Predicting successful outcomes of anorectal biofeedback for fecal incontinence: results of extensive pyschological evaluation before treatment and correlations with treatment outcomes

Mazor, Y., Beath, A. P., Trieu, R. Q., Prott, G., Sequeira, C., Jones, M. P., Kellow, J. & Malcolm, A., May 2019, In : Gastroenterology. 156, 6, Supplement 1, p. S1063-S1064 2 p., Tu1617.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearch

Relationships between sleep quality, depressive symptoms and MCI diagnosis: a path analysis

McKinnon, A. C., Beath, A. P. & Naismith, S. L., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 256, p. 26-32 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sleep
Depression
Comorbidity
Cognitive Dysfunction
Education

Self-compassion interventions and psychosocial outcomes: a meta-analysis of RCTs

Ferrari, M., Hunt, C., Harrysunker, A., Abbott, M. J., Beath, A. P. & Einstein, D. A., Aug 2019, In : Mindfulness. 10, 8, p. 1455–1473 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Meta-Analysis
self-criticism
Randomized Controlled Trials
Depression
Population

Prizes

human sciences
peer review
Teaching
learning