3rd School of Psychology Conference

Published: Monday 1st September 2014

The National School of Psychology Conference will be held on Friday 3 October 2014 across ACU’s Brisbane, Melbourne and Strathfield campuses. In its 3rd consecutive year, the Conference aims to support research quality and environment, highlighting research innovations and activities in the School’s areas of research strengths.

Students have been invited to present their research through a poster or a 15 minute oral presentation. Awards will be given for best poster and best oral presentation.
There will be three distinguished keynote addresses, one at each campus:

  • Academic Self-concept: Cornerstone of a Revolution in the Positive Psychology of Education’ - Professor Herb Marsh
  • ‘Mirror neurons, empathy and autism’ – Associate Professor Peter Enticott
  • ‘Something in the way she moves me: how are we ‘attuned’ to the actions of others?’ – Dr. Ada Kritikos
Professor Herb Marsh is the Distinguished Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at ACU and Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. He founded and Directs the SELF Research Centre that has 500+ members and satellite centres at leading Universities around the world, and co-edits the SELF monograph series. He coined the phrase substantive-methodological research synergy which underpins his research efforts. In addition to his methodological focus on structural equation models, factor analysis, and multilevel modelling, his major substantive interests include self-concept and motivational constructs; evaluations of teaching/educational effectiveness; developmental psychology; sports psychology; the peer review process; gender differences; peer support and anti-bullying interventions.

Associate Professor Peter Enticott is Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU) in the School of Psychology, Deakin University. Peter’s research involves the use of neuroscience techniques, including TMS, EEG, and fMRI, to examine the neurobiology of social cognition in both healthy individuals and clinical populations (e.g., autism, schizophrenia). He has published over 60 papers and secured $3M in competitive grant funding. Peter is currently funded by a Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC, and holds additional grants from the ARC and the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation.

Dr Ada Kritikos completed her undergraduate degree (BPsychScience) at UNSW (1983-1986), and subsequently a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology/PhD at Melbourne University (1988-1995). She undertook postdoctoral work at Bangor University (UK), and then at Melbourne University. Dr Kritikos have been teaching Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, first at Victoria University (2005-2006), and then at the University of Queensland (2007-current). Her current research interests are action observation and the way the action of others resonate within our own motor system; plasticity in the representation of our body sense; and the way we interact with self-related stimuli, specifically objects that are our property.

For more information about the Conference, please contact:

Associate Professor Leah Brennan, leah.brennan@acu.edu.au
Melbourne - Dr Xochitl De la Piedad Garcia, Xochilt.DeLaPiedadGarcia@acu.edu.au
Brisbane - Dr Robyn Moffitt, robyn.moffitt@acu.edu.au
Strathfield - Associate Professor Kylie Mosely, kylie.mosely@acu.edu.au

The Conference is open to the public. Please note a fee of $20 will be required at the door.