• 49 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20142020

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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. Her research with pre-schoolers and adults examined developmental differences in the use of hand movements during the communication of spatial information, as well as the effect of hand movements accompanying spatial information on listeners’ recall. Dr Austin is a quantitative and qualitative researcher with expertise in experimental design, participant observation and semi-structured interviews. She has lectured in post-graduate and undergraduate statistics courses in Psychology on topics such as research design, power and sample size analysis. She is also involved in the supervision of Master of Research and Honours students. Her current research is primarily in the application of complexity science to healthcare and using social-psychological theories to understand hospital organisational culture.

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.

2016

PSY248 – Design and Statistics II (Macquarie University)

Developed 2 lectures on research design and t-tests.

2016

PSY418 – 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

Psychology (Hons), BA, Macquarie University

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Research Outputs

  • 49 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
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  • The effects of observing and producing gestures on Japanese word learning

    Sweller, N., Shinooka-Phelan, A. & Austin, E., Jun 2020, In : Acta Psychologica. 207, p. 1-11 11 p., 103079.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Using accreditation surveyors to conduct health services research: a qualitative, comparative study in Australia

    Winata, T., Clay-Williams, R., Taylor, N., Hogden, E., Hibbert, P., Austin, E. & Braithwaite, J., 6 Feb 2020, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 32, Supplement 1, p. 89-98 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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