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I am the Undergraduate Course Director in Psychology, overseeing the undergraduate offerings of the Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (OUA), and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degrees. My teaching is mostly focused on research methods and statistics, teaching into first-, second-, and third-year design and statistics units in Psychology. 

My research is broadly focused on the role of psychology in health, stress, and wellbeing. 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 regularly 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; educational psychology; and personality and positive psychology.


Most of my teaching is focused on statistics and research methods. I also lecture in health psychology. I love using humour and making teaching content accessible to students, meaning memes feature heavily in my lectures, particularly statistics memes and cartoons, and have won Faculty- and University-level teaching awards.

The units I teach into are:

  • STAT/STAX1103 Introduction to Psychological Design and Statistics
  • PSYU/PSYX1102 Introduction to Psychology II ( Health Psychology)
  • PSYU/PSYX2248 Design and Statistics II
  • PSYU3349 Design and Statistics III
  • PSYU3351 Research Methods in Psychology

Community engagement

I am involved in a number of teaching-related service roles within the School and Faculty. For example, I am a member of the School of Psychological Sciences Educational Leadership Committee; and the Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Human Sciences Curriculum Quality and Standards Subcommittee and Individual Cases Subcommittee. I am also a member of the SoPS Web Engagement Committee. 

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, Investigations into Emotional Intelligence, Macquarie University

Award Date: 17 Jul 2015

Psychology, BA - Psychology (Honours), Macquarie University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2008


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