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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.


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

Award Date: 17 Jul 2015

Psychology, BA - Psychology (Honours), Macquarie University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2008


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