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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Higher Degree Research Scholarships

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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

Professor Philip Parker

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

Professor Philip Parker

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

Professor 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?

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

What promotes positive youth development?

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

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

Professor 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

Enabling Indigenous preschool children’s self-concept, literacy, and numeracy Professor Rhonda Craven
Enabling Indigenous school children’s self-concept, literacy, and numeracy Professor Rhonda Craven 
Enabling Indigenous youth attending university voice and agency  Professor Rhonda Craven
Factors driving the successful transition, retention, and completion of Indigenous university students  Professor Rhonda Craven 
Factors driving the successful transition, retention, and completion of Indigenous preservice teacher education university students  Professor Rhonda Craven 
Positive Parenting in Indigenous Communities Professor Rhonda Craven 
Improving the Engagement of Indigenous Students through the implementation of an Autonomy-Supportive Intervention Program for Teachers  Dr Anthony Dillon 
Conceptions and Drivers of Indigenous Youth Wellbeing and Success Professor Janet Mooney 
Teaching the Teachers Indigenous Studies  Professor Rhonda Craven 
Parent-delivered language intervention: Indigenous preschool children  Professor Janet Mooney 
Capitalising on character strengths: A cross-cultural study on Indigenous populations  Professor Alexander Yeung 
Providing a nudge towards success: Evaluating an innovative text messaging intervention to increase educational attainment and academic achievement in high school  Professor Joseph Ciarrochi 
Envisioning Success for Remote Communities  Dr Anthony Dillon 
Research Synthesis/Meta-Analysis in Indigenous Education  Professor 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.

Professor Chris Lonsdale

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

Professor Chris Lonsdale

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

Professor Chris Lonsdale

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

Professor Chris Lonsdale

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

Professor 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

Professor 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

Professor 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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