Applications are accepted throughout the year from students wishing to do their HDR with the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education.

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Study at IPPE

When you study at IPPE you have access to;

  • a world-class research training environment;
  • experienced supervisors who are also leading international academics;
  • high-level supervision to produce a first-rate PhD within minimum time periods;
  • competitive scholarships;
  • financial support for research projects and data collection, publications, conference participation, and research training;
  • technologically advanced facilities and support;
  • grant writing support;
  • the support and training to develop successful publications;
  • an intellectual and social support network of international scholars and postgraduate community; and
  • a lively intellectual environment based on common interests and facilitated by a world-class research program.

 

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Information for Higher Degree Research Students

There are 3 programs in IPPE: Indigenous Thriving, Positive Psychology, and Motivation and Behaviour.

The following list shows our current research projects and topics in each program. Anyone who is interested in pursuing a PhD in any of these topics is welcome to approach the respective researcher or contact ippe@acu.edu.au

 

Positive Psychology

Research Project

Researcher

Exploring gender differences in the effect of social capital on university aspirations

Prof Philip Parker

Using archival data to explore social class effects in educational attainment across Australian history (1960 to Today).

Prof Philip Parker

Comparing the effect of gender on psychological skills and academic achievement of urban, farming-Rural, and non-farming-rural children

Prof Philip Parker

Measurement of mindfulness related constructs

Dr Baljinder Sahdra

Testing the efficacy of mindfulness related interventions

Dr Baljinder Sahdra

Machine learning methods in psychometrics

Dr Baljinder Sahdra

Impact of contexts (e.g., classrooms, friendship networks) on individuals

Dr Baljinder Sahdra

Computational methods for analysing qualitative data

Dr Baljinder Sahdra

How can we utilise mindfulness and values based interventions to best promote well-being, online and off?

Prof Joseph Ciarrochi

What promotes positive youth development?

Prof Joseph Ciarrochi

What is the role of social networks in the promotion of youth well-being?

Prof Joseph Ciarrochi

Academic motivational factors (e.g., task value, self-concept) and gender differences in educational and career choices particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Dr Jiesi Guo

How multiple ecological systems on the cultural, social, and behavioural development of youth shape their major and career choices in STEM

Dr Jiesi Guo

Experimental studies looking into how to promote students’ learning motivation (e.g., value, self-concept, mindset) and alter subsequent decision-making in coursework and major selections

Dr Jiesi Guo

Use of students' evaluations of teachers to evaluate teaching effectiveness

Professor Herb Marsh 

Use of publication citation analysis to evaluate research productivity

Professor Herb Marsh 

Use of secondary data to evaluate antecedents and consequences of academic self-concept

Professor Herb Marsh 

Use of archival data to evaluate bully perpetrators and victims

Professor Herb Marsh 

 

Indigenous Thriving

Research Project

Researcher

Capitalising on character strengths: A cross-cultural study on Indigenous populations

Prof Alexander Yeung

Parent-delivered language intervention: Indigenous preschool children

Prof Janet Mooney

Indigenous Youth Conceptions of Wellbeing and Success Investigating Indigenous wellbeing via building young Indigenous leaders.

Prof Janet Mooney

Indigenous Community Voice: Envisioning Success for Remote Communities. Northern Territory

Dr Anthony Dillon

Psychological Thriving: Nature and Drivers of Indigenous Youth Wellbeing

Prof Rhonda Craven

Teaching the Teachers Indigenous Studies

Prof Rhonda Craven

Police Wellbeing and Relations with Indigenous Peoples

Prof Rhonda Craven

Triple P: Positive parenting in Indigenous communities

Dr Anthony Dillon

Indigenous Community Wellbeing

Dr Robert Brockman

Improving the Engagement of Indigenous Students through the implementation of an Autonomy-Supportive Intervention Program for Teachers

Prof Johnmarshall Reeve & Dr Anthony Dillon

Providing a nudge towards success: Evaluating an innovative text messaging intervention to increase educational attainment and academic achievement in high school

Prof Joseph Ciarrochi

Deadly Start: Enabling preschool children’s self-concept, literacy, and numeracy

Prof Rhonda Craven

 

Motivation and Behaviour

Research Project

Researcher

The influence of different types of electronic screen exposure on children and adolescents’ physical and mental health.

Prof Chris Lonsdale

Developing an intervention to help parents promote healthy electronic screen use in children and adolescents.

Prof Chris Lonsdale

Developing an intervention to help teachers effectively manage students’ electronic screen use during school hours.

Prof Chris Lonsdale

A school-based intervention to promote physical activity in children with intellectual disabilities.

Prof Chris Lonsdale

What is inside the “black box” of integrated motivation? Experiment/s to examine the psychological and physiological markers of dis-integrated values

Prof Chris Lonsdale

The origins of other-orientation: Examination of demographic, psychological, and contextual factors, and/or life experiences that promote and undermine concern for others

Prof Chris Lonsdale

Experimental studies of how messaging in news stories or other (i.e. social) media influence people’s perceptions of society as just and fair

Prof Chris Lonsdale

Health outcomes of the dynamics of sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity in healthy and special populations

Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz

Interventions targeting the 24-hour activity cycle in healthy and special populations

 

Dr Borja del Pozo Cruz

 

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