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Biography

Dr Elizabeth Austin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS), at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). She has a background in cognitive sciences, communication and learning theory. She received her PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University in 2017. 

My research is a product of my background in psychology and my current role in human factors and resilience, which has been enhanced by my ongoing collaboration with researchers in psychology and education. My overarching interest is in communication, with particular emphasis on the application of social psychology and human factors principles to interactions. From my background in psychology, which provided me with superb training in both psychology principles and experimental procedures, to my more applied work with clinicians in health care settings that I am developing in my current role, I have established a high-quality program of research, leading the translation and adaptation of Human Factors methods for application into the healthcare industry.

I am involved in the supervision of two current PhD candidates and one MRes Candidate, eight Medical Doctorate candidates, as well as undergraduate students enrolled in PACE and Psychology Honours units. My research track record is reflected in my history of both internal and external collaboration. My research outputs for 2020 include six peer-reviewed journal articles, including two first-author publications. Additionally, my findings contributed to the delivery of evidence-based healthcare through two literature review reports to local health districts and medical councils.

Research interests

My current research program is primarily in the application of complexity science to healthcare and using social-psychological theories to understand hospital organisational culture. Specifically, examining Emergency Department sociotechnical systems and strategies for possible action. These projects will provide a greater understanding of Emergency Department functioning and a foundation for future projects to design and implement interventions to improve Emergency Department capacity.  

My PhD research program involved investigations of spatial communication and gesture, drawing on concepts and approaches from experimental work on memory and cognition. Specifically, my PhD explored the effects of gesture on spatial route directions recall, initially developed through my previous honours research with preschool children and adults. I am interested in the use of gesture when communicating familiar and novel route directions; the use and consequences of gesture production for task performance; and the effects of gesture presentation on listener task performance. I am especially interested in how the use of gesture is developed across the lifespan. 

I continue to be involved in research examining the role of gesture across the life-span in a range of areas including, second language acquisition and Piagetian Conservation Reasoning development. I am a member of the Centre for Children's Learning in a Social World and hope to continue to examine the role of gesture in different contexts, including Emergency Departments. 

Teaching

I have lectured in post-graduate and undergraduate statistics courses in Psychology on topics such as research design, power and sample size analysis. I am also involved in the supervision of Masters of Research and Honours Students.

2020-2021

Masters of Research Guest Lecture (Macquarie University): Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

2019-2020

Masters of Health Management Guest Lectures (University of New South Wales): Resilient healthcare, human factors and performance

2018

Masters of Public Health Guest Lectures (Macquarie University): Innovation in Leadership, Teamwork, and Advocacy

2016

PSY248 – Design and Statistics II (Macquarie University) Developed 2 lectures on research design and t-tests.

2016PSY418 – Design and Statistics IV (Macquarie University) Developed a lecture on sample size and power analysis.

January 2017 – June 2017

Tutor, PSYC100, Foundations of Psychology, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Lecturer in Charge: Madeleine Ferrari. Teaching Load: 2 Tutorials

August 2016 – December 2016

Tutor, PSY248, Design and Statistics II, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Unit Chair: Eugene Chekaluk. Teaching Load: 4 tutorials

December 2015 – January 2016

Tutor, PSY248, Design and Statistics II, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Unit Chair: Alissa Beath. Teaching Load: 2 tutorials

August 2015 – December 2015

Tutor, PSY248, Design and Statistics II, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Unit Chair: Eugene Chekaluk. Teaching Load: 3 tutorials

August 2014 – December 2014

Tutor, PSYC104, Introduction to Psychology II, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Unit Chair: Dr Melissa Norberg. Teaching Load: 3 tutorials

 

January 2014 – June 2014

Tutor, PSYC104, Introduction to Psychology I, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Unit Chair: Dr Mehmet Mahmut. Teaching Load: 3 tutorials.

 

December 2013 – February 2014

Assessment Marker, PSYC104, Introduction to Psychology I, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Unit Chair: Babucarr Sowe. Marking Load: 3 tutorials

 

August 2013 – December 2013

Tutor, PSYC105, Introduction to Psychology II, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Unit Chair: Dr Melissa Norberg Teaching Load: 2 tutorials

 

January 2013 – June 2013

Tutor, PSYC104, Introduction to Psychology I, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Unit Chair: Dr Naomi Sweller Teaching Load: 3 tutorials

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 26 Apr 2018

Psychology (Hons), BA, Macquarie University

Award Date: 14 Jun 2012

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