The School of Psychology is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Patrick Heaven to the position of Deputy Head of School in New South Wales. Professor Heaven recently retired from his position as Dean of Research at ACU (2012-2017) and commenced his new role as the Strathfield Campus Deputy Head of School, Psychology on 28th February 2017. His appointment will extend to 31 December 2017.
Professor Heaven’s extensive previous experience includes 10 years as Head of School of Psychology at Wollongong University where he also served as Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. This is a great opportunity for the team at Strathfield and also for the entire school to benefit from Professor Heaven’s experience as both a senior administrator and researcher. We welcome him to the team.
Welcome to Associate Professor Kristin Laurens
It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Associate Professor Kristin Laurens to the School of Psychology on the Brisbane campus. Kristin’s longitudinal research program integrates life-course epidemiology and cognitive neuroscience methods to characterise developmental pathways from childhood to diverse health, social, and educational outcomes in adolescence and young adulthood, with a particular focus on determining aetiological pathways to schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. Her work seeks to identify new prevention and early intervention opportunities that can be delivered in childhood to promote successful development for all individuals. She has collaborated with clinical colleagues to deliver new interventions in child and adolescent mental health services, and with government partners to inform policy changes in health, education, and family and community services.
Kristin graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, Canada, where her studies focussed on brain imaging and electrophysiological investigations of schizophrenia and criminal psychopathy. She completed postdoctoral training at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, where she initiated and led a longitudinal investigation of children at risk for development of psychosis (now in its eleventh year of biennial assessments, integrating psychological, social, cognitive, and biological measures). She returned to Australia in 2010, and has been a founding member of the NSW Child Development Study in the School of Psychiatry at UNSW. This is a longitudinal investigation of a population cohort of 87,000 children and their parents, followed from birth via a series of record linkages that bring together administrative health, education, welfare, and crime records with cross-sectional surveys of child development in early and middle childhood. This ARC- and NHMRC-funded study aims to identify childhood risk and protective factors for a range of adolescent and adult outcomes. Please join us in congratulating Kristin and wishing her a warm welcome to ACU, the School and to Brisbane.
Other New Appointments
The School of Psychology is pleased to welcome further new members to the team:
Dr Oscar Modesto joins us a Lecturer on Strathfield campus. Dr Modesto is also the Course Coordinator for Counselling programs.
On Brisbane campus we welcome Dr Anthony Benedetti, Dr Justine Campbell and Dr Sonja Ellis to our team of lecturers.
Professor Peter Wilson and Professor Christine Imms, Directors of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR), were delighted to host an international research symposium on participation of people with childhood-onset disabilities, in collaboration with the Centre for Research Excellence – Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP).
The symposium involved 80 delegates from more than 10 countries. You can read more at the P3M 2017 website: https://www.p3m2017.com/
The School of Psychology is hosting a number of International Visiting Researchers this month. Currently at CeDDR are:
Professor Bert Steenbergen, Radboud U., Netherlands
Professor Peter Rosenbaum, McMaster U., Canada
Mireille Augustijn, U. Ghent, Belgium and
Hilde Krajenbrink, Radboud U., Netherlands
Mireille Augustijn recently presented at the School of Psychology Colloquium series where she discussed Executive function and motor competence in children with obesity.
At the Cognition & Emotion Research Centre, Professor Markus Heinrichs joins us from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Professor Heinrichs also presented a colloquium on Social Neuropeptides in the Human Brain: Translational Perspectives for Psychobiological Therapy. Professor Heinrichs will be making regular visits to the university as he has been recently appointed an ACU Professorial Research Fellow in the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, led by Professor Peter Rendell.
Holly Rominov has submitted her PhD thesis entitled - “Fathers’ Perinatal Mental Health: Impacts, Interventions and Supports”.
New Psychology Lab
Following on from our success in ERA rankings, the School of Psychology has received a boost to its research and testing capacity. A new lab space has been built in the Mary Glowery building which will provide new facilities for the Centre for Disability and Development Research and the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre. As well as general testing and office space, this state of the art centre includes dedicated EEG, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology and Motor Development labs which will ensure the School of Psychology will continue to produce world class research well into the future.
Dr Carina Chan has promoted the discipline of Psychology in Hong Kong, presenting to students in schools and also participating in an education expo with the aim of increasing international applications for the School's courses.